Register now for Infant-Toddler Training on May 20

Are you an infant-toddler teacher looking for new ideas? Sign up for the GAYC Infant-Toddler Training on May 20! You'll get to attend 2 sessions designed just for infant-toddler teachers: "The Three R's: Responsive, Reciprocal, and Respectful Caregiving for Infants and Toddlers" and "Emergent Literacy Skill Development for Infants and Toddlers." You will leave with … Continue reading Register now for Infant-Toddler Training on May 20

Resources for Talking with Children about Trauma, Disasters, and other Current Issues

GAYC is committed to keeping the early childhood community updated about current events and issues related to children's healthy development and quality early care and education. In the wake of violence and other stressors in our communities, we have compiled a list of trusted resources that can help guide you in helping children deal with … Continue reading Resources for Talking with Children about Trauma, Disasters, and other Current Issues

Mark your calendar for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia’s Movie Night

As a way to mark Child Abuse Prevention Month, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is hosting a screening of the Signature Hour of "The Raising of America," a powerful five-part documentary series that explores the importance of early childhood education and the future of America. GAYC is a partner in this event. This event is part of … Continue reading Mark your calendar for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia’s Movie Night

A Child’s First 2,000 Days Matter!

Did you know that there are only about 2,000 days between a baby's birth and the day that child starts kindergarten? And so much happens during those 2,000 days to prepare the child for elementary school and later life. Children need the experiences that will help them develop well-connected brain architecture, good health, and social-emotional skills. … Continue reading A Child’s First 2,000 Days Matter!

DECAL Releases Economic Impact Study of ECE

Do you know the significance of the number 337,024? How about $4.7 billion? What if we told you that both of those numbers were related to the early care and education industry in Georgia and the impact we make every day in our local economy? Find out about how we are impacting not only the families … Continue reading DECAL Releases Economic Impact Study of ECE

GAYC Board members appointed to new DECAL Quality Rated Advisory Committee

ON September 8, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning announced a new Quality Rated Advisory Committee, who will provide feedback about the Quality Rated process and help increase awareness and participation. GAYC Board members Michelle Carter and Michelle Cutler-Ervin are among the new committee members. Congratulations to Michelle, Michelle, and all … Continue reading GAYC Board members appointed to new DECAL Quality Rated Advisory Committee

Why Be Quality Rated? 3-Star Providers Explain

Quality Rated is Georgia's quality rating and improvement system, which recognizes ECE programs that meet standards higher than minimum child care licensing standards. Quality Rated helps ECE programs commit to quality improvement, and helps parents select higher-quality programs for their children. The program is administered by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care … Continue reading Why Be Quality Rated? 3-Star Providers Explain

Helping Children Make Sense of Scary News

Are you concerned about what your child is thinking about the recent events in Charleston, South Carolina?  Children can feel stress and concern for their well-being.  The American Psychological Association says that “Intense or prolonged exposure to the event, including geographic proximity” and “television exposure following the event, even if the child was not directly affected” … Continue reading Helping Children Make Sense of Scary News

Check out the new Strengthening Families Georgia website

Have you heard about Strengthening Families Georgia? It's a partnership to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect by helping ECE programs embed five protective factors into their work with children and families. Strengthening Families Georgia has a new website with information, trainings, newsletters, and much more. Be sure to check it out, and … Continue reading Check out the new Strengthening Families Georgia website