Ga. Creates Daycare Rating System Focused on Education

7:36 PM, Jun 18, 2013   |    comments
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The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning is promoting a new quality rating system that would go beyond just babysitting and focus on education.

Currently, there are around 6,000 registered daycares in Georgia, and so far 1,000 have signed up for the voluntary rating system, which recognizes daycares that go above the minimum requirements.

Each daycare submits a portfolio on how they're handling curriculum, physical activity, and nutrition.

In Macon, more than a dozen daycares have already signed up, including Joshua House off of Mercer University drive.

"We felt that a quality rating would just be something to enhance and to be able to give the parents an opportunity to make a quality decision and choice when choosing a childcare center," says director Sheila Rivers.

Each daycare would get between 1 and 3 stars, and the results will be posted on DECAL's website sometime in July.

Reg Griffin from DECAL says the goal is to have parents familiar with the rating system so they can ask potential daycares if they meet the standard.

He says choosing a daycare is "as important as choosing a college."

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