What does this measure?
This indicator measures the percentage of children receiving federal child care subsidies administered by Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) who are enrolled in quality child care.
For measurement purposes, quality child care is defined as those programs that have achieved a 1-3 star rating in Quality Rated, Georgia’s tiered quality rating and improvement system. As of July 2016, 19 percent of eligible child care providers are Quality Rated. As this number increases, the percentage of children receiving subsidies in a rated program will also increase.
This measure is computed by dividing the total number of children receiving subsidies by the amount receiving subsidies in a rated program as reported quarterly by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).
Why is this important?
A key component of the state’s Early Learning Challenge is ensuring that children, including those from lower socioeconomic status backgrounds, have access to higher quality early learning environments. This measure looks at access to higher quality for children receiving subsidies. The higher the percentage, the more children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are able to access quality.
References and Resources
- Adams, G., et al. (2002). More than a work support? Issues around integrating child development goals into the childcare subsidy system. Early Childhood Research Quarterly.
- Tout, K., et al. (2015). A Blueprint for Early Care and Education Quality Improvement Initiatives: Executive Summary. Child Trends.
- Yoshikawa, H., Weiland, C., et al. (2013). Investing in our future: The evidence base for preschool education. Society for Research in Child Development and the Foundation for Child Development.
- Quality Rated
- From Concept to Implementation: Georgia’s Early Education Empowerment Zones