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
  192 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

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Early Start Breakfast

Join Quality Care for Children and other early learning advocates at the 2019 Early Start Breakfast on Tuesday, April 30th at 7:30 AM. The event will feature a keynote address from Milton Little, Jr., President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

Learn more about this event.


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Atlanta Girls’ School Student Grant

QCC was honored to be one of five grant recipients of the Atlanta Girls’ School’s annual philanthropy program. We commend the students for investing their time, effort, and resources to make an impact in their community!

Clayton State Boost Family Luncheon

QCC and Clayton State University hosted their annual Boost Family Luncheon for student parents receiving the Boost Scholarship for high-quality child care. The event featured a panel of student parents and remarks by University President, Dr. Tim Hynes.

QCC Launches ChildCareJobsGA.org

With the support of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and Bright from the Start: Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning, QCC expanded its child care business support services through its Provider Resource Hub program and launched ChildCareJobsGA.org, a free job board and hiring tool for child care professionals.

Atlanta Women’s Foundation Luncheon

Menyuan Smith, QCC Training Manager, was interviewed about the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s impact on women and girls for a video shown at their annual “Numbers Too Big To Ignore” luncheon. The event also featured a panel discussion with Laura W. Bush and Dr. Jill Biden.

Farm to ECE "Kickin’ it with Kale" Month

In October, QCC and its partners celebrated kale as the Farm to ECE Harvest of the Month Vegetable and as the theme of the 2018 National Farm to School Month. As part of the campaign, child care programs were given kale related resources and recipes and also participated in kale contests and giveaways.

Early Head Start “Dads Café” Event

QCC’s Early Head Start program hosted a “Dads Café” event for fathers to discuss approaches to strengthening families. This program is part of a series of family engagement initiatives coordinated with the Early Head Start programs.