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

  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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40th Birthday Party

Quality Care for Children is going “over the hill” and we want YOU to join us in celebrating at our 40th Birthday Party on February 21st at the SweetWater Brewery Woodlands Barrel Room!

Learn more about this event.

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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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Carter's Volunteer Day

More than 100 Carter’s volunteers took time out of their day to create Farm to ECE resources for child care programs including garden-themed sensory boxes, felt story boards for the book “Growing Vegetable Soup,” and vegetable flash cards! View pictures

Early Start Breakfast

This year’s event raised more than $90,000 to support QCC’s critical programs that help Georgia's children and families. The event brought together early supporters and featured a keynote address from Alicia Philipp, Early Advocate Award presentation to Jen Bennecke, and remarks from Boost Scholarship recipients. View pictures

Farm to ECE Gardens

Just in time for spring, QCC has been busy helping child care programs get their gardens ready and launch their Farm to ECE programs! To help kick off the season, QCC also provided all 18 Farm to ECE programs with child-size gardening tools, a composter, a root-vue planter, and a set of farm to early childhood education themed books.

CACFP's 50th Birthday

During the month of May, QCC celebrated the 50th Birthday of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)! This critical program helped QCC provide more than 1 million nutritious meals and snacks to 12,870 children at 693 child care programs in Georgia last year!

Provider Tax Prep Help

Taxes for any child care program can be confusing and overwhelming. That’s why we were excited to bring in the experts from Child Care Cooperative to present “Taxes 101: How to Avoid Issues with the IRS” at the monthly Director to Director meetings as part of QCC’s Georgia Alliance for Quality Child Care.

ECE Conferences

QCC staff have been busy learning and sharing best practices from other ECE leaders throughout the country at many conferences this spring. Already this year, staff have participated in the National Head Start Association Conference, National Farm to School Network Conference, Georgia Family Child Care Conference, National CACFP Sponsors Association Conference, and Child Care Aware of America’s Symposium.