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New Campaign Will Help Parents Find Quality Rated Childcare


The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) and Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) are excited to announce the launch of a statewide public awareness campaign for Quality Rated.

 

The message of the Quality Rated campaign is simple: Quality Rated helps families take the mystery out of searching for child care.

We will begin sharing this message early this summer with public service announcements on television and radio throughout Georgia and through online advertisements specifically targeting families searching for child care. The campaign officially launched Saturday at the Atlanta Baby & Child Expo at the Fox Theater in Atlanta.

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Similar to rating systems for other industries like restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated assigns a rating (one star, two star, or three star) to child care programs that meet certain quality standards in early childhood education over and above the state licensing requirements for health and safety.  Quality Rated has an online database where Georgia parents and families can find information on quality early care programs in their area—regardless of what type of provider they prefer, whether at a home, a preschool at a center, or a program at a school.

Families looking for child care can learn more the importance of selecting a Quality Rated child care program at www.qualityrated.org and can search for Quality Rated child care programs on the DECAL website at www.decal.ga.gov.

Governor Nathan Deal and DECAL launched Quality Rated July 2013. Currently, 954 child care programs in Georgia (19 percent of eligible child care programs) are Quality Rated, with an additional 1,631 child care programs in the process of becoming Quality Rated.

Contact:

Reg Griffin
DECAL Communications Director
404-656-0239
reg.griffin@decal.ga.gov

Bill Valladares
Georgia Family Connection Partnership Communications Director
404-739-0043
William@gafcp.org

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