Quality Care for Children Iimproves 877-ALL-GA-KIDS Online Search Capabilities for Easier, Better Results

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Statewide Child Care Referral Service Now Incorporates Quality Rated Rankings, Programs Searchable by Route and More to Connect Families to Quality Child Care Providers

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“With 877-ALL-GA-KIDS’ new capabilities, we are confident that we can align even more families with a high-quality early childhood education experience to ensure that their children receive the best possible start from the earliest age.”

Quality Care for Children (QCC), an Atlanta-based non-profit organization working to improve accessibility and quality of child care programs across Georgia, has made it even easier for families to source the highest quality child care in their area by relaunching 877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254) to feature new and better functionality. All parents want to feel confident that their children are in a safe and engaging program, but finding the right one for each individual child is often difficult. QCC helped close to 25,000 families search and choose child care last year, and understands what information parents need when beginning to search for programs that fit their needs.

“Since we launched the database in 2009, technology has changed rapidly and we recognized that our services need to keep pace. Parents expect a quicker, easier search with more information, and the site – while still useful – needed to fit their requirements as well as adapt to the changes in Georgia’s child care environment,” said Pam Tatum, chief executive officer of Quality Care for Children. “With 877-ALL-GA-KIDS’ new capabilities, we are confident that we can align even more families with a high-quality early childhood education experience to ensure that their children receive the best possible start from the earliest age.”

877-ALL-GA-KIDS, the first statewide resource for connecting families to accessible and affordable quality child care in their area, was launched by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department for Early Care and Learning in partnership with Quality Care for Children. Those needing child care, including summer camps or after school programs, can access the free resource by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254) and speaking directly with a trained QCC staff member to conduct searches for child care, or visit http://www.AllGaKids.org to conduct the research themselves.

With the recent improvements, ALL-GA-KIDS now has the following new features:

  •     Searches can be radial or based on a preferred route, such as on the way to a workplace or another school.
  •     Parents will always get results and know the impact of their search criteria since it is a faceted search.
  •     Up to six programs can be selected for side-by-side comparisons.

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  •     Georgia’s new Quality Rated star ranking system is incorporated and will be available when ratings are made public later this year.
  •     Data from all three of QCC’s sites: QCCdata.org, AllGaKids.org, and AllGaCamps.org is automatically synchronized to the site.
  •     Parents can receive education and other news tailored to their child’s age from the site.
  •     AllGaKids.org now is optimized for mobile devices.

More than 470,000 of Georgia’s children under the age of six are in the care of someone other than their parents for as much as 10 hours a day, with the need for more child care spaces growing each year. Finding the best possible start for all of Georgia’s children is critical as the first five years in a child’s life are the most important for brain growth, with 85 percent of their brain developed by age four providing the foundation for children’s future health, academic success, and social and emotional well-being. QCC is determined to deliver the most comprehensive information, as well as tips on selecting a high-quality program, through its 877-ALL-GA-KIDS resource in order to help Georgia’s parents with the important decision of selecting child care.

About Quality Care for Children:
Quality Care for Children (QCC) is Georgia’s leader in equipping parents and child care providers with the tools they need to receive and provide high quality, affordable child care so that all children have access to superior early learning experiences and are ready for school. The non-profit organization launched 877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254) in 2009, providing Georgians with one source for finding the best quality child care to fit their needs. 877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254) 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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Sonia Fuller    Theresa Prestwood        
Sonia Fuller Communications    Vice President, Development & Marketing    
404-660-1261    404-479-4202        
Sffuller(at)bellsouth(dot)net                Theresa(dot)prestwood(at)qualitycareforchildren(dot)org

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