Resource Guide: Child care referral agencies

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If you're looking for child care but you're not sure where to start, check out these local child care resources or use the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning's online resource guide

Cherokee, Forsyth, Cobb, Paulding, Douglas:
Quality Care for Children
913 N. Tennessee Street, Suite 202
Cartersville, GA 30120
(800)-308-1825

Fulton, Dekalb:
Quality Care for Children 
50 Executive Park South, Suite 5015
Atlanta, GA 30329 
(877) 722-2445

Gwinnett, Hall:
Quality Care for Children
3706 Atlanta Highway Suite 1
Athens, GA 30606
(877) 255-4254

Rockdale, Henry, Clayton, Fayette, Coweta:
Georgia Health Sciences University
277 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, Suite 104
Macon, GA 31201
877-228-3566

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning's Bright from the Start program recommends the following tips when finding a safe, reliable child care provider:

  • Do your homework. Identify 2-3 programs that best fit your needs.
  • Interview the director/owner and VERIFY that they are a licensed child care provider in Georgia. If they're not licensed, this should raise several red flags. Anyone keeping 3-6 children beyond their immediate family FOR PAY must be licensed, in this scenario, as a family day care home. 
  • Tour the facility, visit the classrooms, bring your child along to see how they respond to the environment and how the provider interacts with your child.
  • Just like a job interview, ask the provider for references of current and past customers (parents). Get their opinions.
  • In addition to the scheduled interview, make a "pop in" visit to make sure the story you heard in the scheduled interview matches with the day-to-day.

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