Reports & White Papers
Wherever possible, QCC leverages its data and insights from parents and child care providers to highlight pressing issues in Georgia’s early learning community. For more information regarding these studies, please contact Theresa Prestwood, VP of Marketing & Development, at 404-479-4202 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Glossary of Child Care Terms & Concepts (Early Learning Dictionary)
Georgia Craigslist Study
Families need more affordable child care options and assistance
Recently Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced that its Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program in 2015 will provide less financial assistance to our state’s families for child care due to lack of funds provided by the federal Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF). This will impact at least 5,000 children, resulting in families searching for new affordable child care. For many, it could mean the loss of a job or force them to turn to the state’s underground child care market – looking to Craigslist and other sources such as Yelp and listservs.
Quality Care for Children (QCC), a nonprofit working to ensure that all of Georgia’s children are nurtured and educated, conducted an analysis of the Craigslist ads presented during one week this summer. Of the more than 370 listings analyzed, QCC could only confirm that 19% of the providers offering child care were actually licensed by the state, even though many more claimed to be so in their advertisement. This means, for 81 percent of the people listed, there is no oversight into the daily health, safety, and education of the children entrusted into their care.
2013 Economic Impact White Paper
Economic downturn threatens child care quality in Georgia
Quality Care for Children (QCC) has been documenting the economic strain caused by the Great Recession on Georgia’s child care industry with an annual survey of the state’s licensed child care programs for the last five years. From the very first survey conducted in 2009, we have seen two distressing trends: a steady closing of Georgia child care programs — including family homes, group homes, and large centers – as well as a further decline in the quality of Georgia’s early childhood education and care programs due to the lack of funds needed for reinvestment in the programs. Unexpectedly, a third trend was uncovered, beginning in 2010, in that many of Georgia’s families were struggling to provide healthy and regular meals to their children, as more and more young children were arriving hungry at their care center each day.
2012 Economic Impact White Paper
Under-investing in programs causes decline in quality standards
While there is talk nationally and locally of economic recovery, as of Spring 2012 Georgia is still seeing a slower than average return to the workforce with more people – approximately 239,200 of the 427,000 jobless workers in the state – caught in long-term joblessness, according to the Georgia State Labor Department. While positive economic news on the horizon sparks hope, in reality Georgia’s depressed economic climate of the last fi ve years continues to fi lter down affecting even our smallest citizens and those trusted to nurture and educate them on a daily basis. Unfortunately the past few years’ trends of staff layoffs, centers closing and families without high-quality early child care have persisted into 2012.
2011 Economic Impact White Paper
Quality child care remains threatened in Georgia
Child care investments from the government and foundation community are paying off. Child care centers and family child care providers that have received training, resources and consultation from Quality Care for Children and our partners have improved quality, in spite of the economic downturn. As of January 2010, there were 221 child care centers and family child care providers in Georgia that were nationally accredited. Today, that number has risen to 332. While that is still less than 7% of all child care programs in Georgia, this shows that we know how to improve child care quality and outcomes for kids. Even in tough economic times, when we invest in early education, it pays off. Unfortunately, what our survey shows is that for many programs that did not receive assistance this past year, quality declined. This is not the direction Georgia wants to go for our kids’ sake and for the well-being of our state.
2010 Economic Impact White Paper
More parents are unable to afford high-quality child care programs
For the second year in a row, Quality Care for Children has seen substantial declines in quality in our survey of child care centers and providers. The past two years have been extremely challenging for child care programs, as they have for many other small businesses and nonprofi ts. Overall, we can identify two main trends occurring during the recession: a substantial drop in the total number of child care programs in Georgia, and a large decline in the number of programs accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the most widely recognized mark of quality for child care centers.
Metro Atlanta Child Care Statistics Report
As the child care resource and referral agency serving the 10-county Metropolitan Atlanta area, Quality Care for Children serves as the repository for child care information for the area.We maintain a database of all licensed and registered child care in the area, including child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start, Pre-K and after school programs. Our database includes a wealth of information about programs such as fees, hours of operation, quality indicators and special services provided.Through our referral service, we speak daily to parents seeking child care.Their child care needs and challenges, along with demographic information, are also maintained in our database. As a result, Quality Care for Children is uniquely positioned to present the picture of child care supply and demand in Metro Atlanta.