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Proposed rule changes for childcare in Georgia are approved

I received an email yesterday notifying me that the proposed rule changes from Bright From The Start had passed. There was mention of proposed changes in July of 2009. The proposed changes were met with a variety of reactions. Some felt and still feel that it puts unfair restraints on current teachers and those attempting to teach in childcare programs. Some are concerned about a perceived financial strain on childcare owners and corporations. There were others that see the changes as a way to help to create higher quality programs. My thought is that the rule changes will create a more professional environment and call centers to higher standards.

This is exciting news because with the passing of these rules more accountability and credibility will be placed on all licensed childcare programs in Georgia. The new rules will affect 14 key areas within the licensing procedures. Some of the areas affected are Food Service, Equipment and Toys, Governing Body and Licenses, Staff and Staff Training. Many of the rule changes have been common practice for some childcare programs for years. With the changes they are now official as they have been made a part of Rules and Regulations of Bright From The Start. Only time will tell if the new rules will help to increase high quality programs. One thing I know is that gone are the days where anyone can decide to be a preschool teacher or owner without proper training. Those interested in going into childcare as either a teacher or owner will now have to carefully consider if they are ready to be the professional that this industry calls them to be.

For more information about Bright From The Start and the changes to their rules and regulations please visit. decal.ga.gov/ChildCareServices/RulesAndRegulations.aspx

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Comments

  • J3 4 years ago

    Interesting information. I am not sure what to make of it yet. I guess I assumed that there were already high standards and reqiurements to work in childcare.

  • Joseph 4 years ago

    Yes there are standards and requirements; however some centers do not hold their teachers or directors to them. One of the changes is that lead teachers are now required to have the minimum of a CDA and Directors have to have more experience and training. In the past staff were able to move up within an organization based on experience and number of years working without necessarily the appropriate training and education. They could also be hired based on experience and perhaps who they knew. The new rules would require that they have the proper training. Many of the new rules are based on best practice and are already being implemented in many places. The rules now just make them official.

  • FBS 4 years ago

    When I click on the link it does not open. Oh what I figured it out. I just had to remove one of the http//

  • J3 4 years ago

    thanks for the clarification

  • Imzadi 4 years ago

    This could be a positive change for childcare provider so everyone is held to a higher standard.

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