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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 24 - Meet Sheryl Young-Wilhite, our new Director of Human Resources at DECAL

    Episode 24 - Meet Sheryl Young-Wilhite, our new Director of Human Resources at DECAL

    Sheryl Young-Wilhite has served as a Senior Human Resources Director here at DECAL responsible for recruitment, employee relations, and training. You might remember recently hearing from Robin Stevens here on the podcast as she planned for retirement, beginning March 1, after being our first Human Resources Director and serving 11 years. Also March 1, Sheryl became our new Human Resources Director. Today we learn more about her and finding a career at DECAL and state government.
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    Episode 23 - Meet Ellyn Cochran, Quality Care for Children

    Episode 23 - Meet Ellyn Cochran, Quality Care for Children

    Meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families is a big responsibility for one state agency…that’s why we appreciate so much the early childhood advocates we work with on a daily basis.  One of those advocates is Quality Care for Children. They have been operating since 1979 with offices in Atlanta, Athens, and Cartersville…a team of over 100 people and a budget of $15 million.  Joining us to talk about the work of Quality Care for Children is Ellyn Cochran, the new president and CEO.  
     
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    Episode 22 - Meet Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Voices for Georgia's Children

    Episode 22 - Meet Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley, Voices for Georgia's Children

    Meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families is a big responsibility for one state agency…that’s why we appreciate so much the early childhood advocates we work with on a daily basis.  One of those advocates that helps us enhance early care and education for children and their families is Voices for Georgia’s Children, a nonprofit child policy and advocacy organization advancing laws, policies, and actions that improve the lives of Georgia’s children. Today we’re talking with the new Voices Executive Director Dr. Caitlin McMunn Dooley. 
     
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    Episode 21 - Celebrating 30 years of Georgia's Pre-K Program

    Episode 21 - Celebrating 30 years of Georgia's Pre-K Program

    It all started with 750 four year olds in 1992 under then Governor Zell Miller.  Now, 30 years later, it serves over 70,000 students across the state under Governor Brian Kemp.  It’s Georgia’s Pre-K Program, celebrating a milestone birthday this year and laying a solid foundation for academic excellence and future success in the lives of nearly 2-million children. Joining us to talk about their experience with Georgia’s Pre-K Program and the HOPE scholarship are Pam Stevens, Deputy Commissioner of Child Care Services, Professional Learning Specialist Vicki Watts, and Amy Browder, Pre-K Regional Manager. 
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    Episode 20 - Updates on POWER and DECAL Scholars

    Episode 20 - Updates on POWER and DECAL Scholars

    Since 2021, DECAL has paid out three installments of POWER payments (Providing Our Workforce Essential Recognition) to the tune of close to $115-million from the American Rescue Plan Act. That’s 115,000 individual payments of $1,000 to early learning professionals here in Georgia.  Now we are repurposing POWER payments and making some changes to DECAL Scholars to increase access to degrees and credentials for those working in child care.  Joining us to talk about POWER and DECAL Scholars is Abby Mozo, Professional Learning Operations Analyst here at DECAL, and Melissa Ross from Care Solutions.  
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    Episode 19 - Retiring HR Director Robin Stevens

    Episode 19 - Retiring HR Director Robin Stevens

    If things had gone according to plan, our Human Resources Director Robin Stevens would have graduated from law school at the University of Georgia in the late seventies. But plans often change, as they did for Robin, when instead she chose the relatively new field of Human Resources. Robin became DECAL’s first HR director in February, 2012, and now she’s retiring this spring. 
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