For Providers

Useful Links

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.  Link to NAEYC


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


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. Link to Quality Rated


World Organization for Early Childhood Education-US National Committee (OMEP-USNC):

OMEP is the only worldwide non-governmental organization that focuses on education and welfare of young children, aged from birth to 8. Link to OMEP


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


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. Link to Rules & Regulations


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. Link to Criminal Records Check


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. Link to CCR&R

Useful Resources

The Provider Resource Hub (PRH)

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:


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. Download Handbook  


Babies Can’t Wait:

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


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.


Power to the Profession 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.