Choosing child care is one of the most important decisions a parent will make. But knowing where to look for child care, and more importantly, knowing how to evaluate the quality of care is not always easy.
|The Quality Care for Children app helps Georgia parents find high-quality child care near them.|
Quality Care for Children (QCC) is an Atlanta-based, non-profit organization launched in partnership with the Georgia Department for Early Care and Learning (DECAL) and Bright from the Start. It is the first statewide resource to help families connect with accessible and affordable quality child care in their area. Last year alone, QCC helped nearly 25,000 families find child care programs that fit their needs.
QCC provides information to parents in need of child care, including summer camps or after school programs by phone, via the internet, and now by a new mobile app available from iTunes. Parents can access the free resource by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (1-877-255-4254) or by visiting the QCC website www.AllGaKids.org or downloading the mobile app. The mobile app offers geo-location to help parents find child care in their community and it also has a checklist within the application, to make evaluating child care quality a little easier.
More than 400,000 of Georgia’s children under the age of six are in the care of someone other than their parents for as many as 10 hours a day, with the need for more child care spaces growing each year. Finding the best possible start for all of Georgia’s children is critical as the first five years in a child’s life are the most important for brain growth and for providing the foundation for children’s future health, academic success, and social and emotional well-being.