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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