Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is partnering with Quality Care for Children (QCC) to help parents find summer camps and child care programs for the summer. Parents can verify their camps by visiting www.qualityrated.org to see if it is either licensed or exempt from licensing.
If parents prefer, they can speak with a summer camp referral specialist by calling 1-877-ALL-GAKIDS (877-255-4254) Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. with early hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Monday/ Wednesday and extended hours until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday/Thursday.
“Our first recommendation to parents looking for summer camp is to start early,” said QCC Chief Executive Officer Pam Tatum. “Many camps and child care programs offer scholarships, sliding scale fees, and discounts for registering multiple children. By beginning early, families can find child care that fits their budget, alleviate fears regarding child safety, read reviews of the program, and find a program most convenient to where they live.” “Summer camp does more than just provide child care for a family when children are not in school,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “Attending camp in the summer can help children learn how to work with others, build meaningful relationships, accept guidance, express creativity, and become more independent and confident.”
“Sometimes, however, families don’t know what to look for or what questions to ask when looking for a summer camp for their children. DECAL and QCC have partnered to create these resources so families can do their homework and make informed decisions about the right camp for their children,” Jacobs added.
DECAL and QCC have produced a thirty second public service announcement to promote www.qualityrated.org through print, broadcast, and social media. The campaign is currently underway. You can view the PSA at: https:// vimeo.com/259581390 or www.youtube.com/ watch?v=nPA4XwF3-00