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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.


9 - Safe Sleep and Open Enrollment
Oct 20 • 44 min
Over 3,500 infants die annually in the United States from sleep-related deaths, including sudden infant death syndrome. The issue disproportionately impacts families of color, especially black, American Indian/Alaskan Native, and low-income families. …
8 - Chat with Commissioner Jacobs
Oct 13 • 38 min
The pandemic continues, Georgia’s Pre-K Program is up and running with a few different looks, and we’re supporting school age children doing virtual learning with child care scholarships. Plenty of things going on…and it seemed like a good time for one…
7 - Georgia’s Pre-K Week 2020
Oct 6 • 52 min
It’s Pre-K Week in Georgia! For the past 28 years, Georgia’s nationally recognized Pre-K Program has provided quality early education to the state’s youngest learners. Launched in 1992 as a pilot program serving 750 four-year-olds, the lottery-funded…
6 - Special: WSB Radio Interview with Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
Oct 5 • 2 min
It’s Georgia’s Pre-K Week and Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs talks about it with WSB Radio’s Scott Slade on Atlanta’s Morning News.
5 - Free Your Feels
Sep 29 • 26 min
Georgia youth are returning to school either virtually or in an environment that is drastically different from the one they left in March. Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, our kids were already facing a mental health crisis – one that is now…
4 - Census 2020
Sep 22 • 33 min
With the deadline to respond to Census 2020 rapidly approaching, participation is extremely important. The results will be felt by Georgians for the next ten years. At stake are billions of dollars used for education, public health, infrastructure, and…
3 - Developmental Milestones Website
Sep 15 • 22 min
From smiling and taking those first steps, to waving bye-bye and even temper tantrums, starting this month, we’ve got a new resource for families to track the developmental milestones of their children. Joining us to talk about the new Developmental…
2 - Georgia’s SOLVE Program
Sep 8 • 25 min
If you’re the parent of a school age child, ages 5 to 12, in a public school using all virtual learning, DECAL may have some financial assistance for you to help pay for child care. It’s called the SOLVE Program, which stands for Supporting Onsite…
1 - Georgia’s Pre-K Teachers of the Year
Sep 1 • 28 min
It may be traditional, hybrid, or full distance learning…but Georgia’s Pre-K Program is back for the 2020-2021 school year. Over 3,800 classes at more than 1,800 locations all across the state. So how are things going? For the best information…
58 - Special: WSB Radio Interview with Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
Aug 20 • 4 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs is interviewed by Scott Slade for WSB Radio’s Atlanta’s Morning News about the new SOLVE Program, financial assistance for school age children involved in virtual long distance learning.
57 - COVID-19 Guidance for Georgia Child Care Programs
Aug 18 • 37 min
With Georgia child care programs reopening and welcoming back children and families, DECAL is joining the Governor’s Office and the Georgia Department of Public Health in offering new COVID-19 guidance for Georgia Child Care facilities. We’re committed…
56 - Virtual Town Hall with Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey
Aug 11 • 41 min
On Tuesday, August 11, DECAL held a special Virtual Town Hall webinar on COVID-19 for Georgia child care providers and advocates featuring Governor Brian Kemp and Dr. Kathleen Toomey, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. This was an…
55 - COVID Considerations in Returning to School
Aug 5 • 39 min
Who’s ready for Back to School? From virtual at-home learning to in-person classroom instruction and everything in between. But this year, it’s about more than backpacks and notebook paper, it’s asking if your child is socially and emotionally…
54 - After School Programs and CACFP Afterschool Meals
Jul 29 • 27 min
While parents are at work, many of Georgia’s children spend time in afterschool programs. These programs offer a safe and supportive environment with structured activities and good nutrition. As schools begin to reopen with in-person and virtual…
53 - Car Seat Invention Prevents Hot Car Deaths
Jul 23 • 15 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs talks with 12 year-old Lydia Denton inventor of a car seat device that detects when babies have been left in a hot car. Lydia is joined her mom, Covie Denton who is a science and math teacher.
52 - Guidance for 2020-2021 Georgia’s Pre-K Program
Jul 14 • 36 min
Classes in Georgia’s Pre-K Program have been closed since March due to COVID-19. Teachers and students utilized distance learning to finish out the year. Now, plans are underway to reopen Pre-K this fall, balancing quality learning with health and…
51 - Georgia Foundation for Early Care + Learning
Jul 8 • 25 min
Last April, a $250,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and United Way of Greater Atlanta allowed our Georgia Foundation for Early Care and Learning to assist essential workers and child care providers during COVID-19. Joining us…
50 - Special: WSB Radio Interview with Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
Jul 1 • 5 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs is interviewed by Scott Slade for WSB Radio’s Atlanta’s Morning News about this year’s Look Again campaign.
49 - Look Again 2020
Jun 30 • 21 min
For the seventh consecutive year, DECAL is calling for families and caregivers to increase awareness of the dangers of leaving children unattended in vehicles. This year’s Look Again campaign is held in conjunction with National Heatstroke Prevention…
48 - CCS Virtual Visits
Jun 24 • 31 min
Each year, DECAL’s Child Care Services consultants conduct more than 14,500 visits to more than 4,500 licensed child care programs in Georgia to ensure they are caring for children in safe, healthy, and nurturing environments. But when COVID-19 hit…
47 - Summer Food Service Program
Jun 17 • 24 min
As school districts across Georgia announced system-wide closures to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, many families and advocates were concerned that children who rely on schools to provide healthy meals would be deprived of critically needed…
46 - Special: Georgia Focus from Georgia News Network
Jun 16 • 26 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs talks with Host John Clark about the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and current issues facing early child care and education in Georgia.
45 - Path2College 529 Plan “My Life’s Dream” Challenge
Jun 10 • 28 min
It’s never too early to be thinking about your child’s college education. Even if your child is in one of Georgia’s licensed family childcare learning homes, child care learning centers, or Georgia’s Pre-K Program. And now, here’s something fun to do…
44 - Summer Transition Program
Jun 3 • 32 min
For the eleventh year, DECAL is offering a Summer Transition Program for students preparing to enter Georgia’s Pre-K Program and Kindergarten. However, this year, the program will be a little different due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Joining us to…
43 - Reopening Child Care in Georgia
May 27 • 29 min
With many businesses reopening here in Georgia, the need for child care is on the rise so parents and families can return to their jobs. Family Child Care Learning Homes and Child Care Learning Centers are operating under some strict guidelines that…
42 - Toddler Time At Home
May 20 • 35 min
The age-old expression says, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” That was the case in April when schools and many child care programs closed due to COVID-19 and families moved to online learning for their children. Here at DECAL, we introduced…
41 - Planning for the Child Care Comeback
May 12 • 37 min
Across the nation, COVID-19 has taken its toll on the childcare industry…either shutting down programs completely or reducing enrollment capacity due to CDC and health department requirements. Now many programs here in Georgia are gradually reopening…
40 - Special: WSB Radio Interview with Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
May 11 • 5 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs is interviewed by Scott Slade for WSB Radio’s Atlanta’s Morning News.
39 - STABLE Payments and CAPS Essential Service Workforce
May 6 • 32 min
Last Friday was a big day in our efforts to help Georgia child care providers and families respond to the impact of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Beginning May 1, all licensed Georgia child care providers are invited to apply for STABLE payments. These…
38 - Georgia’s Pre-K At Home
Apr 29 • 35 min
On April 1, as part of the Public Health State of Emergency, Georgia’s public elementary and secondary schools…including Georgia’s Pre-K Program…were closed for the remainder of the year. That left many families scrambling to continue their child’s…
37 - Balancing Work, Life, and School during COVID-19
Apr 22 • 40 min
Families have always helped with homework and supervised chores around the house, but the new world of the COVID-19 Coronavirus with its Shelter in Place orders have presented new challenges for children and parents alike. Joining us to talk about how…
36 - Special: Commissioner Jacobs talks with WABE’s Martha Dalton about child care programs open during COVID-19
Apr 20 • 2 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs talks with WABE’s Martha Dalton about Georgia child care programs who are open and serving children and families during COVID-19.
35 - COVID-19 and Georgia’s CAPS Program
Apr 15 • 32 min
Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services, or CAPS Program, provides scholarships to help with the cost of child care so parents can work or attend school. The program not only helps families navigate their children’s early years, but also connects…
34 - Special: Commissioner Jacobs talks with Tim Bryant on WGAU Radio Athens
Apr 9 • 7 min
Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs is interviewed by WGAU Radio’s Tim Bryant about the impact of COVID-19 on Georgia child care learning centers and family child care learning homes.
33 - COVID-19 impact on Georgia Child Care Programs
Apr 8 • 33 min
An episode recorded Tuesday, April 7, 2020, during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Crisis and Public Health Emergency here in Georgia. Here at DECAL, we are practicing social distancing and working from our homes. We are also under a Statewide Shelter in…
32 - Special: Georgia’s Pre-K At Home on Good Day Atlanta
Apr 3 • 4 min
Deputy Commissioner of Georgia’s Pre-K Program and Instructional Supports Susan Adams is interviewed by Good Day Atlanta’s Katie Beasley on the popular program seen weekday mornings on WAGA-TV (FOX) 5 Atlanta.
31 - Dr. Meghan McBride, Georgia Piedmont Technical College
Apr 1 • 24 min
Georgia’s CAPS Program provides scholarships to help with the cost of child care so parents can work or attend school. The program not only helps families navigate their children’s early years, but also connects families with resources to help them…
30 - Children’s Oral Health
Mar 25 • 34 min
According to Attendance Works, a national organization that addresses chronic school absenteeism, persistent dental pain, along with related trouble eating and sleeping, makes oral health one of the leading causes of chronic school absenteeism among…
29 - Special: WSB Radio interview with Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
Mar 20 • 3 min
Searching for high quality child care can be a daunting experience. Add a pandemic like COVID-19 and the search can be even more of a challenge. DECAL says while many child care programs have temporarily closed as a result of the Coronavirus crisis,…
28 - Registration for Georgia’s Pre-K Program 2020-2021
Mar 18 • 28 min
In many parts of Georgia, it’s time to register your child for the 2020-2021 school year in Georgia’s Pre-K Program. The purpose of Georgia’s Pre-K Program is to prepare children for success in Kindergarten and later school years. Pre-K programs…
27 - Our Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus in Georgia
Mar 16 • 41 min
From the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, this is a special edition of DECAL Download: COVID-19 Coronavirus in Georgia and DECAL’s response. Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs and Chief Communications Officer Reg Griffin host our special coverage…
26 - 2020 Summer Food Service Program
Mar 11 • 21 min
It may be March, but our Nutrition Team has their mind on Summer and the need for eligible organizations to serve healthy meals to children when school is not in session. Last year we served over 4.8 million meals across Georgia, but the need is always…
25 - Path from Pre-K to College Sweepstakes
Mar 4 • 19 min
It’s never too early to be thinking about your child’s college education, even if your child is four years old! That’s the idea behind the Path from Pre-K to College Sweepstakes happening during March and sponsored by DECAL, Path2College 529 Plan and…
24 - Update on Quality Rated/CAPS 2020 Deadline
Feb 26 • 34 min
An update on the Quality Rated/CAPS 2020 Deadline
23 - Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Top Ten Issues to Watch
Feb 19 • 25 min
A closer look at GPEE’s Top Ten Issues to Watch in 2020
22 - Georgia Focus on PDG Grant
Feb 17 • 4 min
More information on the $11.2 million Preschool Development Renewal Grant
21 - 2020 Legislative Update
Feb 12 • 23 min
An update on the 2020 Georgia General Assembly
20 - Inclusive Early Learning Week 2020
Feb 5 • 29 min
Planning for Georgia’s Inclusive Early Learning Week, February 10-14, 2020
19 - ServiceNow
Jan 29 • 31 min
An inside look at ServiceNow, the cloud-based IT service management platform supporting DECAL employees
18 - CAPS Family Support and 2Gen
Jan 22 • 38 min
A look at the CAPS Family Support unit and the 2Gen approach of working with children and families
17 - Inclusion and Behavior Support Helpline
Jan 15 • 27 min
An explanation of our new Inclusion and Behavior Support helpline.
16 - Pre-K Teachers of the Year
Jan 8 • 33 min
A chat with Heather Williams and Johnathon Hines, our 2019-2020 Pre-K Teachers of the Year
15 - Meet the Interns
Dec 18, 2019 • 29 min
Meet our DECAL interns
14 - Family Ambassadors
Dec 11, 2019 • 21 min
Introducing our new DECAL Family Ambassadors
13 - CAPS/Quality Rated 2020 Deadline
Dec 4, 2019 • 24 min
A discussion of the CAPS/Quality Rated 2020 Deadline
12 - DECAL Holiday Special
Nov 27, 2019 • 21 min
A special holiday episode featuring DECAL employees
11 - Georgia Public Library Service
Nov 20, 2019 • 18 min
A closer look at the Georgia Public Library Service
10 - Farm to Early Care and Education in Baldwin County
Nov 13, 2019 • 27 min
Episode 10 - Farm to Early Care and Education in Baldwin County
9 - Deal Center for Early Language & Literacy
Nov 6, 2019 • 17 min
Episode 9 - A closer look at the Sandra Dunagan Deal Center for Early Language and Literacy
8 - A Chat with Coy Bowles from the Zac Brown Band
Oct 30, 2019 • 50 min
A chat with Coy Bowles from the Zac Brown Band
7 - Meet Chief Legal Officer Ira Sudman
Oct 23, 2019 • 28 min
Meet Chief Legal Officer Ira Sudman
6 - 2020 Open Enrollment
Oct 16, 2019 • 18 min
A discussion about 2019 Open Enrollment at DECAL
5 - Celebrating 15 Years of Bright from the Start
Oct 9, 2019 • 43 min
Celebrating 15 Years of Bright from the Start
4 - Meet Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Administration Rian Ringsrud
Oct 2, 2019 • 34 min
Meet Deputy Commissioner of Finance and Administration Rian Ringsrud
3 - Celebrating the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant
Sep 25, 2019 • 34 min
A celebration of the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge Grant
2 - Nutrition Health Educator Diana Myers
Sep 18, 2019 • 20 min
A chat with DECAL’s Nutrition Health Educator Diana Myers
1 - Georgia Pre-K Week
Sep 11, 2019 • 25 min
A preview of this year’s Georgia Pre-K Week with Voices for Georgia’s Children
52 - Longitudinal Study of Georgia’s Pre-K Program
Sep 4, 2019 • 25 min
A discussion about the longitudinal study of Georgia’s Pre-K Program
51 - GEEARS: Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
Aug 28, 2019 • 29 min
A closer look at GEEARS, the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
50 - Project LITTLE
Aug 21, 2019 • 32 min
Episode 50 - Learning more about Project LITTLE and the importance of speaking and reading to your baby.
49 - Diane Early Study on Georgia’s Pre-K Program
Aug 14, 2019 • 37 min
A discussion about the Diane Early study of Georgia’s Pre-K Program and how it impacts Third Grade test scores
48 - A Chat with Commissioner Jacobs
Aug 7, 2019 • 20 min
A Chat with DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
47 - Back to School Special
Jul 31, 2019 • 34 min
A special Back to School edition with representatives from many DECAL divisions.
46 - Meet Chief Information Officer Dennis Brice
Jul 24, 2019 • 25 min
A Chat with DECAL Chief Information Officer Dennis Brice
45 - School Age Programs
Jul 17, 2019 • 24 min
A closer look at school age programs in Georgia’s child care industry
44 - Summer Meals Program
Jul 10, 2019 • 30 min
A closer look at our Summer Meals Program in Georgia
43 - We Care Child Care Sweepstakes
Jul 3, 2019 • 17 min
Details on this year’s We Care Child Care Sweepstakes with Path2College 529 Plan
42 - DIY Summer School
Jun 26, 2019 • 22 min
A discussion about our DIY Summer School and preventing “summer brain drain.”
41 - Summer Transition Program
Jun 19, 2019 • 18 min
A discussion about the Georgia’s Pre-K Summer Transition Program
40 - Act Early Ambassador Jennie Couture
Jun 12, 2019 • 18 min
A Chat with Jennie Couture, DECAL’s Director of Practice and Support Services
39 - DECAL Scholars
Jun 5, 2019 • 20 min
A closer look at how DECAL Scholars supports early care and education professionals in Georgia
38 - Quality Rated Peer Support Network
May 29, 2019 • 27 min
A discussion about the Quality Rated Peer Support Network
37 - Look Again
May 22, 2019 • 16 min
A closer look at DECAL’s Look Again campaign
36 - Wellness Committee and Activity Challenge
May 15, 2019 • 21 min
A discussion about our Wellness Committee and the annual Activity Challenge
35 - Early Education Community Partnerships
May 8, 2019 • 37 min
A closer look at our Early Education Community Partnerships
34 - Inspections for Georgia’s Pre-K Program
May 1, 2019 • 22 min
A closer look at our ongoing inspections of Georgia’s Pre-K Program classes
33 - Summer Camps
Apr 24, 2019 • 15 min
Choosing the right summer camps for your child
32 - Language and Literacy Endorsement
Apr 17, 2019 • 23 min
A discussion about our new language and literacy endorsement
31 - Zell Miller Foundation
Apr 10, 2019 • 29 min
Learn more about the Zell Miller Foundation
30 - CCS Child Care Inspections
Apr 3, 2019 • 20 min
Let’s walk through an inspection of a child care program in Georgia
29 - Meet Deputy Commissioner for System Reform Dr. Bentley Ponder
Mar 27, 2019 • 23 min
Meet our new Deputy Commissioner for System Reform, Dr. Bentley Ponder
28 - Summer Food Service Program
Mar 20, 2019 • 16 min
Learn more about becoming a sponsor in our 2019 Summer Food Service Program
27 - Path from Pre-K to College Sweepstakes
Mar 13, 2019 • 17 min
A look at the Path from Pre-K to College Sweepstakes, sponsored by DECAL and the Path2College 529 Plan.
26 - Georgia’s Professional Development System (GaPDS)
Mar 6, 2019 • 18 min
A closer look at Georgia’s Professional Development System (GaPDS)
25 - Resources from GPB Education
Feb 27, 2019 • 20 min
A look at education resources available from Georgia Public Broadcasting
24 - Georgia’s Pre-K Program Teachers of the Year
Feb 20, 2019 • 27 min
Getting to know our Georgia’s Pre-K Program Teachers of the Year for 2018-2019
23 - Celebrating Inclusive Early Learning Week
Feb 13, 2019 • 20 min
Georgia celebrates Inclusive Early Learning Week
22 - Developmental Milestones
Feb 6, 2019 • 21 min
Understanding your child’s developmental milestones.
21 - Planning for Inclusive Early Learning Week
Jan 30, 2019 • 17 min
Planning for Georgia’s Inclusive Early Learning Week, February 11-15
20 - Georgia’s Head Start Collaboration Office
Jan 23, 2019 • 23 min
A closer look at Georgia’s Head Start Collaboration Office
19 - Georgia News Network interview with Carrie Ashbee
Jan 22, 2019 • 4 min
A look at DECAL’s efforts to assist child care programs in Southwest Georgia impacted by Hurricane Michael.
18 - Preview of 2019 Georgia General Assembly
Jan 16, 2019 • 30 min
A preview of the 2019 Georgia General Assembly
17 - A Chat with First Lady Sandra Deal
Jan 9, 2019 • 27 min
A Chat with Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal
16 - A Chat with Commissioner Jacobs
Jan 2, 2019 • 13 min
A look back on 2018 and a look ahead at 2019 with Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs
15 - Update on Quality Rated
Dec 26, 2018 • 26 min
An update on Georgia’s Quality Rated Program
14 - DECAL Online with CIO Craig Detweiler
Dec 19, 2018 • 20 min
Chief Information Officer Craig Detweiler talks about the many ways to reach DECAL online.
13 - Response to Hurricane Michael
Dec 12, 2018 • 15 min
How we helped child care programs impacted by Hurricane Michael
12 - Customer Service
Dec 5, 2018 • 16 min
Providing good customer services for DECAL clients.
11 - Quality Rated Grants
Nov 28, 2018 • 13 min
Learn more about Quality Rated Subsidy Grants
10 - Best Places to Eat in Georgia
Nov 21, 2018 • 21 min
Recommendations from our DECAL team on the best places to eat in Georgia.
9 - Person First Language
Nov 14, 2018 • 17 min
Inclusion Manager Brandy Lochetta talks about “Person First Language” and why it is important to the children and families we serve.
8 - Criminal Background Checks in Georgia
Oct 12, 2018 • 18 min
A discussion of criminal background checks for child care workers in Georgia
7 - Inside Scoop with the Commissioner’s Executive Assistant
Oct 12, 2018 • 19 min
Let’s get the inside scoop from Executive Assistant Quandra Collins
6 - Meet Pam Stevens from Child Care Services
Oct 11, 2018 • 16 min
Meet our new Deputy Commissioner for Child Care Services Pam Stevens
5 - Open Enrollment at DECAL
Oct 10, 2018 • 15 min
Details on this year’s Open Enrollment for state employee benefits
4 - Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) Program
Sep 28, 2018 • 15 min
A closer look at Georgia’s CAPS Program
3 - Georgia Pre-K Week
Sep 27, 2018 • 22 min
A discussion about Georgia Pre-K Week, October 1-5, 2018.
2 - Introducing the Georgia Foundation for Early Care + Learning
Sep 25, 2018 • 17 min
A closer look at the new Georgia Foundation for Early Care + Learning
1 - Chat with Commissioner Jacobs
Sep 24, 2018 • 21 min
A Chat with DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs