Supporting child care providers & FAMILIES 

For 40 years, Quality Care for Children (QCC) has worked to ensure Georgia’s infants and young children reach their full potential. QCC helps child care programs provide nutritious meals and educational care to young children so they are ready for success in school and helps parents access quality child care so that they can attend college or succeed in the workplace. Learn more  →


Why our work IS CRITICAL

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EARLY BRAIN DEVELOPMENT
90%
of a child’s brain is “hardwired” before the age of 5, setting the groundwork for future learning

 
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INCREASING COST OF CHILD CARE
40%
of a low-income family’s budget can easily be spent on child care (average cost in Atlanta is $9,284)

 
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CHILDHOOD HUNGER & POVERTY
26%
of children in GA live in food insecure homes, and more than 24% live below the poverty level

 
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EARLY LITERACY GAP
By age 3, there is a 30 million word gap between children from the wealthy and poor families.

 

ANNUAL ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  7,029 on-site consultation visits and 21,854 hours of support at child care programs
  104,852 participant hours of training supplied to child care professionals at 732 classes
  22,542 children received nutritious meals at 654 programs through the Child Care Food Program
  233 Boost child care scholarships for college student parents at Georgia universities
  5,582 free referrals for parents seeking child care, afterschool, and summer camps
  $590,351 in grants provided to child care providers to improve their facilities and programs
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QCC believes that all children, regardless of race, gender, or economic background, deserve high-quality early learning experiences. Creating an environment for quality care is no easy task: child care is expensive, providers are poorly paid, and parents, faced with an urgent need for child care, often have limited choices. Partnering with leading child care experts and organizations since 1979, QCC overcomes these challenges by providing best practices and invaluable training and support to child care programs in Georgia, as well as guidance and referrals to parents seeking care.
— Pam Tatum, President & CEO

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RECENT NEWS FROM QUALITY CARE FOR CHILDREN

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Harvest of the month

Teachers! We’ve compiled some activities you can implement in your classrooms that connect to the Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS). Parents! You can do these activities at home too. Learn more.

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Carter’s Field Leadership Event

QCC had a great time at the Carter’s 2019 Field Leadership Conference. Volunteers made sensory boxes and felt story boards to accompany books, and other activities for use in early learning classrooms.

Women’s Policy Report

Thanks to the Institute for Women's Policy Research for their latest report that speaks to the benefits of assisting lower-income families with early childhood and higher education needs, such as with QCC's Boost Scholarship program. We're happy that QCC's efforts to help increase economic stability and mobility in Georgia have been recognized and our CEO and President Pam Tatum was consulted for this report. Read the entire report to see how this issue is being addressed across the nation.

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New Board Members

Welcome Brittany Collins, managing director of programs for OneGoal Metro Atlanta; Andrew Smith, attorney with Greenberg Traurig; and, Vasanne Tinsley, deputy superintendent of Student and Intervention for the Dekalb School District.

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Gwinnett County Health Fair

From the Gwinnett County Health Fair in Norcross to Atlanta High Museum's Second Sunday Family Programming, QCC's Parent Services Team had an absolute BLAST helping Georgia families learn about the great benefits of Quality Rated Child Care.

Carter’s Volunteer Event

QCC was wowed by two great groups of volunteers at Carter’s corporate headquarters as part of our ongoing partnership. Volunteers made sensory boxes, felt story boards to accompany books, and other activities for use in early learning classrooms.

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Georgia Home Visiting Institute

QCC's Parent Services Team joined forces with our partners from Bright from the Start to share info about Quality Rated Child Care and the FREE resources available through the ALL GA KIDS Call Center at the 2019 Georgia Home Visiting Institute.

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Argos Usa Volunteer Event

Huge thanks to more than 20 Argos USA employee volunteers who worked with Quality Care for Children to create sensory boxes and storyboards that will be used in early childhood education classes.

EARLY START BREAKFAST

Our Early Start Breakfast featuring guest speaker Milton Little, Jr., CEO of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and our panelists Atiba Mbiwan, Associate Director, The Zeist Foundation, Amy Jacobs, Commissioner, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, and Brittany Marks, Boost Scholar and Quality Rated Parent Ambassador was a great success! See you in 2020.

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