Finding a Summer Camp in Georgia Made Easier Through Quality Care for Children's 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS Resource

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Finances and Timing are Two Significant Hurdles in Securing Summer Camps

Georgia children soon will be celebrating the end of another school year even though many parents are still struggling to find summer day camps and care that provide a safe, exciting time for their children while staying within the family budget. To further complicate the search, parents are often unaware of the variety of options in their area, and the more popular programs are already full by this time of the year.

Quality Care for Children (QCC), an Atlanta-based non-profit with a 30-year history of ensuring that Georgia’s infants and young children are nurtured and educated, understands how hard it can be to find accredited, top-notch programs – especially with only weeks left in the school year and on a limited budget. With http://www.AllGaCamps.org, QCC supports families by providing an easy-to-use online, searchable resource that features statewide listings of camps, as well as tips in selecting the best camp for the child and family. Additionally, for families that are not web savvy, representatives at 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS can help with finding the perfect summer care.

“Our first recommendation to parents who are looking for summer camp is always to start early. However, with our state’s economic situation over the last few years, all parents do not have the available funds to register for summer camp months in advance, if at all,” said Pam Tatum, chief executive officer for Quality Care for Children. “Still, in order to continue working, or to find work, the families need childcare during the summer months.”

Like any child care, summer camp fees range from the inexpensive to the very expensive. However, it is important for all families to realize that summer care can be affordable. Many camps offer scholarships, sliding scale fees and discounts for registering multiple children. Through the Childcare and Parents Services (CAPS) program, funds for quality child care are available for the very low income families who may need it.

Continued Tatum, “With 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS or http://www.AllGaCamps.org, QCC is not only making it easier for families to find a summer care plan that they can afford and benefits the whole family, but we’ve already done much of the research for them by only providing programs in our database that we consider to be of the highest quality.”

More than 700 camps throughout Georgia, ranging from day and overnight to theme-focused camps such as arts, sports, or education are listed with http://www.AllGaCamps.org. In addition, the questions below are provided by QCC on the website for parents to consider and ask camp directors when selecting a summer camp:

  •     What are the program’s health, safety, and nutrition policies and procedures? Are they in written form?
  •     Has the owner/operator screened all staff, and with what methods and how thoroughly?
  •     Does the staff/child ratio and group size fit into the Georgia maximum staff-to-child ratio?
  •     Is the staff well-trained? Do they have experience with early childhood/school-age care or children with special needs? What about CPR and First Aid training, or appropriate licensing for transporting children?
  •     Is the program licensed or accredited?
  •     Are parents/guardians welcome to visit at all times?
  •     Is there a daily lesson plan?
  •     Is the facility space adequate for the number of children attending the camp?
  •     What are the hours of operation, fees and payment procedures?

The summer camp experience has been cited by many educational experts as providing children with important and lasting social and learning benefits, such as increased self-confidence, becoming better problem solvers, and helping to lessen the loss of learning by keeping their brains engaged. With the free summer care resources provided by Quality Care for Children, parents in Georgia still can ensure that their children have the opportunity for a great summer camp experience full of growth and fun.

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About Quality Care for Children:
Quality Care for Children (QCC) is Georgia’s leader in equipping parents and childcare providers with the tools they need to receive and provide high quality, affordable childcare so that all children have access to superior early learning experiences and are ready for school. The non-profit organization launched 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS in 2009, providing Georgians with one source for finding the best quality childcare to fit their needs. 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS is funded in part by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. Please visit http://www.QualityCareforChildren.org or call (404) 479-4200 for more information.

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Theresa Prestwood
Vice President, Development & Marketing
404-479-4202
Theresa.prestwood(at)qualitycareforchildren(dot)org

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