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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 43 - CAPS Student-Parent Priority Group

    Episode 43 - CAPS Student-Parent Priority Group

    Starting last month, DECAL announced that student parents are now a “priority group” for receiving financial assistance through Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services Program (CAPS). This new priority group is a major step forward in our Two-Generation Approach to assisting young children and their families. Joining us to talk about the new student-parent priority group is Elisabetta Kasfir, Deputy Commissioner for the CAPS Program; Ni’Aisha Banks-Devore, a wife, mom of four, and entrepreneur; and Dr. Meghan McBride, Vice President of Adult Education at Georgia Piedmont Technical College in Clarkston.  
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    Episode 42 - Chat with Commissioner Jacobs

    Episode 42 - Chat with Commissioner Jacobs

    This week we open it up to our DECAL team as well as followers on social media to ask questions of Commissioner Jacobs.  This is an opportunity to talk about a wide variety of topics and discuss those issues that are concerning you most, including updates on STABLE (Short-Term Assistance Benefit for Licensed Entities) and POWER (Providing Our Workforce Essential Recognition).
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    Episode 41 - DECAL Southeast Community Partnerships

    Episode 41 - DECAL Southeast Community Partnerships

    We’re taking a tour of DECAL’s six regions by talking to our Community Partnership Coordinators, representatives from our Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and introducing you to child care providers in each region. Today, we’re talking about the Southeast Region consisting of 40 counties that stretch from Monroe County, north of Macon, all the way down to Lowndes County on the Florida border.  Joining us to talk about the Southeast Region are Tomisher Campbell, Early Education Community Partnership Coordinator, and Jeneine Barlow, the Technical Assistance Manager at the CCR&R of Southeast Georgia. Also joining us is Shalinda Smith, a family child care provider in Emanuel County and Bree Carter, the Owner and Director of Bree’s Creative Learning Preschool Childcare Center in Lowndes County. 
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    Episode 40 - Look Again

    Episode 40 - Look Again

    For the ninth 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 is Dana Morrison and Rhonda Parker, both directors of field operations with Child Care Services here at DECAL; and Michelle Walker is Manager of Child Advocacy Programs with Safe Kids Georgia and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.  
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    Episode 39 - Day in the Life of Inclusion and Behavior Support's Fachelle Garner

    Episode 39 - Day in the Life of Inclusion and Behavior Support's Fachelle Garner

    Today, it’s another one of our “Day in the Life” features where we learn more about a member of our DECAL team and what they do for Georgia’s youngest learners and their families.  Today we’re learning more about our Inclusion and Behavior Support Services Unit that helps early learning professionals and families learn more about inclusion and social emotional development.  Meet Fachelle Garner, Inclusion and Behavior Support Specialist here at DECAL.  
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    Episode 38 - DECAL Community Partnerships/Northwest Region

    Episode 38 - DECAL Community Partnerships/Northwest Region

    This spring and summer, we’re taking a tour of DECAL’s six regions by talking to our Community Partnership Coordinators, representatives from our Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, and introducing you to child care providers in each region. The Northwest Region consists of 11 counties including Fulton and ten other counties in the northwest corner of the state, spreading from Haralson, and continuing up to the Tennessee line and over to Pickens and Cherokee counties.  Joining us to talk about the Northwest Region are Glenda Davis-Canteen, Early Education Community Partnership Coordinator, and Brittney Everett, the ECE Specialist Team Lead at Quality Care for Children CCR&R of Northwest Georgia. Also joining us today is DiAnne Coggins, a family child care provider and one of our Peer Support Network Ambassadors, from College Park in Fulton County. And from further north, we have Kari Emerson, a Program Specialist with Ninth District Opportunity Head Start & Early Head Start at the Pickens County Head Start program in Tate Georgia. 
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