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Your source for news and information from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. You will hear from Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs and special guests to give you an update on all things DECAL.

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Your source for news and information from the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. You will hear from Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs and special guests to give you an update on all things DECAL.

    Episode 42 - Look Again Virtual News Conference

    Episode 42 - Look Again Virtual News Conference

    For the eighth consecutive year, DECAL is calling for families and caregivers of children to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. On Thursday, May 27, 2021, we held this virtual news conference with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the University of Georgia. 
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    Episode 41 - New CAPS deadline for Quality Rated

    Episode 41 - New CAPS deadline for Quality Rated

    Quality Rated is Georgia’s system to determine, improve, and communicate the quality of programs that provide child care. Similar to rating systems for restaurants and hotels, Quality Rated (which is a three star system) assigns one, two or three stars to early education and school-age care programs that meet or exceed the minimum state requirements. After launching in 2012, today fifty-five percent of all  eligible  child care programs in Georgia are Quality Rated.  

    As many may be aware, in 2015 DECAL established a CAPS/Quality Rated goal of all providers who participate in the CAPS program being Quality Rated by December 31, 2020.  We were well on our way of achieving that goal.  But then along comes a pandemic in 2020 and impacts this goal.  The deadline has been extended to December 31, 2021. 

    Joining us to talk about CAPS and Quality Rated is Shawnell Johnson, Director of Operations for CAPS Program Administration; Denise Jenson, Quality Rated Operations Director, and Dr. Bentley Ponder, Deputy Commissioner for Quality Innovations and Partnerships.  
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    • 39 min
    Episode 40 - Vaccine Update

    Episode 40 - Vaccine Update

    As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines continues and availability improves, the focus is beginning to shift to vaccinating children, ages 12-15, and possibly younger in the near future.  There has also been a change in CDC guidance on the use of masks for those who are fully vaccinated.  What impact will that have on COVID guidance for Georgia child care?  Joining us on the podcast today is Pam Stevens, Deputy Commissioner of Child Care Services, and Dr. Georgina Peacock who currently serves as the Georgia Department of Health Chief Medical Officer as a Center for Disease Control Assignee.  
     
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    • 28 min
    Episode 39 - Look Again 2021

    Episode 39 - Look Again 2021

    For the eighth consecutive year, DECAL is calling for families and caregivers to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles.  Joining us to talk about our annual Look Again campaign and ways to prevent pediatric vehicular heatstroke are Dana Morrison and Rhonda Parker, both directors of field operations with Child Care Services here at DECAL; and Lisa Dawson, Director of the Injury Prevention Program for the Georgia Department of Public Health.
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    • 23 min
    Episode 38 - DECAL Scholars 20th Anniversary

    Episode 38 - DECAL Scholars 20th Anniversary

    This year is the 20th anniversary of the DECAL Scholars Program that provides financial and educational support to our early care and education workforce. The program is known for providing scholarships to assist with educational expenses, awards when you earn an ECE credential or degree, and incentives which provide a salary boost when you earn your entry level credential or higher education degree.  As part of the 20th anniversary celebration, DECAL will recognize two Scholars of the Year…one from a four-year college and one from a technical college.  Joining us to talk about DECAL Scholars and the 20th anniversary is Brandi Swain from CARE Solutions; Barbara McWethy our Workforce Support Manager; and Carrie Ashbee, executive director of the Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning.  
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    • 50 min
    Episode 37 - Update on POWER Supplemental Payments

    Episode 37 - Update on POWER Supplemental Payments

    Starting May 17, applications will be open for the $1,000 POWER Supplemental Payments.  The payments were announced earlier this year by Governor Brian Kemp and Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs…a one-time, $1,000 bonus payment to some 65,000 early learning professionals and staff.  The bonuses will be funded through the federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

    Joining us to talk about POWER supplemental payments is Christi Moore, Director of Professional Learning here at DECAL; Barb McWethy is Workforce Support Manager; and Nina Bryant-Hunter, Early Childhood Center Director at the Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority. 
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