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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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

  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
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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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Farm to ECE

The Farm to Early Care and Education Collaborative has selected 18 child care programs to participate the initiative. The initiative is a multi-year program that offers hands-on education in nutrition, cooking, gardening in an effort to improve the quality of the child care program and increase access to fresh, local foods.

Child Care Book Drives

Over the holidays, several organizations generously hosted early literacy book drives for child care programs. Thank you to our participating partners: First Data, Pajama Program, Northwestern Benefit Corporation of Georgia, Saint Anne's Episcopal Church, The Spanish Academy! Contact us if you are interested in hosting a book drive.

LEAD Atlanta Visit

In January, QCC partnered with LEAD Atlanta for their Community Issues Day. The group of professionals from LEAD Atlanta spent the morning visiting Little Scholars Academy, a child care program in College Park, and then had a discussion about issues impacting Georgia child care programs and families with young children. 

2-for-1 Campaign Update

QCC is thrilled to announce that it’s recent 2-for-1 campaign raised $23,464 to support its Boost: Making College Possible initiative. This program provides critical two-generation child care scholarships to student parents at Clayton, Columbus, and Armstrong State University so that they can stay in school and their children can receive high-quality care.

Chefs for Young Children

QCC continued its Chefs for Young Children training for child care cooks at Open Hand Atlanta. The two-day training included hands on demonstrations and covered a wide array of topics including menu planning and budgeting, cooking safety, and creating positive mealtime attitudes. 

GAWL Presentation

QCC President & CEO, Pam Tatum, had the opportunity to present to the Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL) about child care affordability issues in our state. Send us a note if your organization is interested in an early learning presentation or discussion.