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Latest News about the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant

In December 2013, Bright from the Start:  Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) won $51.7M from the Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC) Grant program. The ELC will allow Georgia to not only better educate and care for its children, but better equip teachers with professional development and continuing education opportunities.

On September 10, 2014, DECAL announced its four Early Education Empowerment Zones (E3Zs) selected to achieve these outcomes. 

Parental Depression and Young Children

By Katherine A. Beckmann, PhD, MPH

Senior Policy Advisor for Early Childhood Health and Development


Georgia Department of Public Health Awarded Project LAUNCH Grant

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services awarded funding to the Georgia Department of Public Health for fiscal year 2014 for Cooperative Agreements for Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health (Project LAUNCH).

U.S. Senators From Iowa Support 'Building Healthy Families'

U.S Senators Chuck Grassley and Tom Harkin of Iowa shared their enthusiasm for family support and coaching programs during Prevent Child Abuse (PCA) Iowa's annual conference in April.  The conference, entitled "Building Healthy Families," also featured a keynote address by Pew's home visiting campaign director, Karen Kavanaugh.

How Home Visiting Achieves Cost Savings Through Reduced Child Maltreatment

A new study from Mathematica Policy Research and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago explores evidence that certain home visiting models may help prevent child maltreatment and prove cost-effective for governments. The study presents the estimated costs of implementing these models and states what additional information is needed to assess whether they are cost-beneficial through reductions in child maltreatment and other outcomes.

Home Visiting Approaches to Maternal Depression

The topic of the May 2014 issue of Zero to Three is "Addressing Maternal Depression in Home Visiting Programs: Current Issues and Innovative Approaches." In this issue, the journal responds to the growing interest among home visiting and public health experts in depression among pregnant mothers and those with young children.

Administration for Children and Families Releases Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web Page

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support States and communities in expanding high-quality early learning to infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start (EHS) grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet EHS Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

Georgia’s Home Visiting Video Testimonial

This video includes testimonies from families who have benefited from home visiting, as well as home visitors who deliver the programs in communities across the state.  Please click here to see the video in its entirety.

The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC)

The Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative (HARC) is a practice-based research network for conducting collaborative, field-initiated studies with local home visiting programs, regardless of the particular model used.  HARC is a voluntary network.  Any local program that provides home visiting for expectant families and/or families of children birth to five years as its primary service strategy is welcome to join.  

Looking for quality childcare?

The Department for Early Care and Learning can help you get the information you need to find and select a great childcare center for your child. Call the hotline at 877-255-4254 or visit