Early Education Initiatives Aligned with the Great Start Georgia Framework

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families. It administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers Georgia's Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program, federal nutrition programs, and manages Quality Rated, Georgia’s community powered child care rating system. The department also houses the Head Start State Collaboration Office, distributes federal funding to enhance the quality and availability of child care, and works collaboratively with Georgia child care resource and referral agencies and organizations throughout the state to enhance early care and education.For more information, visit www.decal.ga.gov.

Coordinating with partners, DECAL applied for and received federal grant funding to build and strengthen the state's early learning and development systems in December 2013. Building on the work with other agencies and partners, DECAL was able to leverage and, in many cases, enhance services and resources to serve more young children and families.

Click here to review a presentation that addresses how the Great Start Georgia framework and evidence-based home visiting are included in and aligned with two important federally-funded initiatives: the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant and the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant.  

For more information about the Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant, click here

To view the current Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant newsletter, click here.


This webinar was recorded on Thursday, December 18, 2014 for agencies located in the Early Education Empowerment Zones who will be working with DECAL to implement Great Start Georgia, with evidence-based home visiting in the Empowerment Zones. This webinar was facilitated by Marcia Wessels, Great Start Georgia Director of Technical Assistance & Training and Carol Wilson, Great Start Georgia Project Manager.