Supporting child care providers & FAMILIES 

For nearly 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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of a child’s brain is “hardwired” before the age of 5, setting the groundwork for future learning

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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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of children in GA live in food insecure homes, and more than 24% live below the poverty level

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



  6,747 on-site consultation visits and 19,456 hours of support at child care programs
  37,385 participant hours of training supplied to child care professionals at 539 classes
  12,870 children received nutritious meals at 693 programs through the Child Care Food Program
  3,466 weeks of child care provided through the Boost program for student parents
  25,782 free referrals for parents seeking child care, afterschool, and summer camps
  $651,528 in grants provided to child care providers to improve their facilities and programs
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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UPDATES from our latest newsletter

Boost Student Panel

QCC’s Boost: Making College Possible program is already having a tremendous impact on student parents.  In October, students in the Boost Program along with Clayton State University President, Dr. Thomas J. “Tim” Hynes, hosted a brunch to share more about the success of this critical program. View pictures

First Five Affair

Guests enjoyed a festive evening celebrating and supporting Georgia’s children at QCC’s annual First Five Affair event in September. This event raised more than $115,000 to support its critical programs that help provide high-quality care to Georgia’s most vulnerable children. View pictures

Emergency Child Care

QCC has partnered with Jewish Family & Career Services and Peach State Health Plan to expand its Emergency Child Care program. This program helps families in crisis achieve self-sufficiency by assisting them in meeting their child care needs; including paying for care and helping families develop long-term child care plans.

ECE Presentations

QCC President & CEO, Pam Tatum spoke to business leaders of the Metro Atlanta Chamber about the need and opportunity for companies to help their employees access high-quality child care. Additionally, QCC EVP of Early Care & Education, Pam Runkle presented at the First Steps conference about resources for connecting families and communities. 

Corporate Volunteerism

QCC hosted volunteer events for employees of Argos and King & Spalding. Argos volunteers helped with beautification projects at a Quality Rated child care program. King & Spalding volunteers  spent part of their day making felt story boards based on the The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Peter the Cat.

Staff Celebration

In October, nearly 100 QCC staff from its Atlanta, Athens, and Cartersville offices gathered at the Cox Campus for its annual all-staff celebration. The group spent the day celebrating annual accomplishments, planning for the coming year, and even practicing their QCC “elevator pitches!”