Georgia's First Quality Rated Child Care Programs
On July 16th, 2013, Gov. Deal held a news conference at the State Capitol recognizing Georgia’s first Quality Rated child care programs. Similar to other service industries like restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated uses one, two and three stars to indicate programs that meet a set of standards exceeding the state’s minimum licensing requirements. First Lady Sandra Deal and Commissioner of the Department of Early Care and Learning Bobby Cagle also spoke at the event highlighting Deal’s vision for improving early education.
Statistics for programs currently participating in Quality Rated as of 7/30/2013:
Total # of Programs: 1,428
Total Child Care Centers: 1,035
Total Family Day Care Home Programs: 351
Total Group Day Care Home Programs: 42
Total # of children enrolled in participating programs: 103,181
"I believe education offers one of the premier ways of attracting businesses, retaining businesses and watching them and the Georgia economy thrive," said Deal. "As much as Quality Rated will benefit Georgia and our economy, it also sets our state’s children up for success — and that is equally as important. By giving parents a way to distinguish between low-quality child care and great child care, we can ensure our youngest learners receive a jump start on life."
Click here to find a Quality Rated program.
Information on how Quality Rated works in Georgia can be found at: