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Useful Links and Resources to Help Build Your Family Child Care Business

Resources In Georgia

DECAL Rules & Regulations

This site contains the current rules and regulations for registered Support Centers and licensed child care programs. The two types of programs are: child care learning centers and family child care learning homes. You will also find the Georgia laws that authorize the department to enforce these rules and regulations. 

Quality Rated

Any child care program participating in Georgia’s Quality Rated has agreed to meet standards that exceed the state’s licensing requirements and is committed to improving the quality of care it provides to children.

Criminal Records Check

DECAL will pay the cost of the initial fingerprint scan for eligible early care and education workers. This includes new hires to the industry and those whose current records check determination letter is about to expire. See this site for the revised Livescan Instructions and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. 

PeachCare for Kids®

PeachCare for Kids is a comprehensive health care program for uninsured children living in Georgia. The health benefits include primary, preventive, specialist, dental care and vision care. PeachCare for Kids also covers hospitalization, emergency room services, prescription medications and mental health care.

Child Care Resource & Referral System (CCR&R)

For years, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning has been privileged to support the work of the child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies in Georgia. The CCR&Rs provide an invaluable network of support for parents and early care and education professionals at the local level. They support the Bright from the Start vision of increasing the number of Georgia's children and families who have access to quality early care and education programs. 

The Provider Resource Hub

The Provider Resource Hub (formerly the Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care) membership program provides child care professionals with administrative and cost-saving resources as well as workshops to help them run their programs more effectively and efficiently. Login here and access the Family Childcare Toolkit here.

Babies Can’t Wait

Babies Can't Wait is Georgia's statewide interagency service delivery system for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. 

National Organizations

National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)
NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

Child Care Aware of America

We advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. Our work is strengthened by a national network of child care resource and referral agencies and diverse members and partners. 


Our mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families.

Other Useful Resources

Public Playground Safety Handbook

As a product of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, this handbook presents safety information for playground equipment in the form of guidelines.

Power to the Profession 

Lead by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Power to the Profession initiative is a national collaboration to define the early childhood profession by establishing a unifying framework for career pathways, knowledge, and competencies, qualifications, standards, and compensation. 

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