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Licensed vs. Exempt (unlicensed) Early Learning Care in Georgia

Posted on 10-19-2016 | Corinne Bundy


There are more than 3000 licensed early learning centers in Georgia, including Kids R Kids #23 Watkinsville.

 The regulatory agency for these centers is the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). Unfortunately the exact number of exempt or unlicensed centers is unknown because there is no adequate tracking system and no requirement that these programs undergo routine inspections as do the licensed centers. Therefore regulators lack vital information about the safety hazards within unlicensed settings.

 A national survey indicates that 4 out of 5 parents don't have enough information to differentiate licensed care from license-exempt programs and assume all programs are licensed.

When choosing a child care center for your child, here are some important questions to ask:

# Is this center licensed in the State of Georgia?

# Is this center Quality Rated?

# Does this center require Criminal Background Checks on all staff?

# Does this center adhere to state teacher/child ratios?

# Does this center require staff CPR/First Aid training for minimum 50% of staff?

# Does this center use only positive forms of corrective discipline?

# Does this center comply with the rigorous transportation requirements, including passenger

    check list to ensure children are not left on the bus?

# Is this center subject to unannounced inspections for program oversite by the State?

# May I see your most current State Regulatory Review?

When choosing a child care center for your child, keep in mind that the above list of questions does not apply to exempt (unlicensed) care givers!

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