Free Georgia Child Care Search Referrals & Resources
We provide referrals to parents seeking Georgia child care, afterschool programs, Georgia Pre-K, Early/Head Start and summer camps. Let us make finding quality, affordable, and convenient care for your child easier.
CALL A GEORGIA CHILD CARE SEARCH SPECIALIST:
Call 877-ALL-GA-KIDS (1-877-255-4254)
Personalized assistance Mon – Fri from 8:30am – 5:00 pm
All of our child care services are FREE, CONFIDENTIAL, and STATE-WIDE throughout Georgia. Whether you are looking for Atlanta child care, Columbus Georgia Pre-K programs, Savannah family child care programs, or anything in between, we can help! Perform your child care search to get started!
Use Quality Checklists in Your Georgia Child Care Search
Because quality child care is so important, we recommend that families spend time researching the right environment for their child. After all, choosing child care may be one of the most important decisions that you will ever make.
Download Checklists by clicking on a link below!
|Child Care Checklist [PDF]||Download|
|Summer Camp Checklist [PDF]||Download|
|After School Checklist English [PDF]||Download|
|After School Checklist Spanish [PDF]||Download|
Five Steps to Selecting Quality Care for Your Child
Step 1: Start Your Child Care Search Early
Start your child care search sooner than you think you need to. It takes a considerable amount of time to research your options, make comparisons, and visit potential providers.
Step 2: Make the Calls
Call 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (1-877-255-4254) to get a list of providers that match your specific needs. Our child care search experts can help you identify possible providers based on the location of your work or home, budget, and more.
After you have created a list of possible providers, call each one to check details such as availability, hours, fees, etc.
Step 3: Download our Child Care Check List
Before visiting possible child care providers download the child care checklist and observe the quality indicators included on the list.
Step 4: Visit, Ask and Observe
Visiting each location gives you an opportunity to make important observations and ask questions.
Possible question might include:
- How many children are with each adult? See the child care checklist for ratios.
- What are the training and education requirements for staff?
- Are general emergency procedures in place in the event of inclement weather? If so, what are they?
- How many staff has been employed with the provider?
- What is the policy for sick children and emergencies?
- What are the policies for field trips and transportation?
- Is the provider nationally accredited? See Checklist for examples
- Is the provider Quality Rated? If not, why? Click here to learn more about Quality Rated. (link to our QR page)
Step 5: Make Your Choice
Review all of the information you have collected from your child care search, evaluate your choices and make the selection best for your family.
Once your child is enrolled with the provider of your choice, remember to be available to communicate with staff about your child on a regular basis. Make time to visit your child while they are in their learning environment or ask about other volunteer opportunities. Your child is more opt to be engaged in learning when they see that you have taken an interest in their education. Also, have daily conversations with your child about their experiences. No matter how old (or young) your child is, children benefit most when their primary caregiver takes a positive interest in them.
QCC is a proud partner of Bright From the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning