About 87% of children under six live in a family where at least one parent is employed full-time, and 33% live in a two-parent family with both parents working full-time. High-quality child care is essential for young children. Young children in high-quality child care programs learn valuable motor, language, cognitive, and social-emotional skills in child care that prepare them for school success, social relationships, and emotional well-being in elementary school and beyond. 

UGA Extension’s child care programs provide continuing education for child care providers, and help parents know how to find high-quality child care.

Child Care Provider Training

UGA Extension agents in many Georgia counties provide entity-approved training to help child care providers meet state licensing requirements. Check out our Extension child care provider training calendar for events in your area, or contact your local agent to learn more about upcoming training.

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Eat Healthy, Be Active

UGA Extension is improving young children’s health and well-being by helping child care providers and families teaching nutrition and physical activity concepts in ways that preschoolers can understand.

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Child Care Quality Matters!

Wondering how to choose high-quality care for your child? Check out this interactive guide to find out about the different types of child care, learn the markers of high quality care, and know what questions to ask when looking for child care.

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eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care

Want to know more about high-quality child care for children of all ages? Check out the information, hands-on activities for children, and webinars of the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care (EABCC) Community of Practice, a team of Extension early childhood professionals who are passionate about young children and committed to supporting quality child care nationwide. Join us on Facebook for more conversation about child care and early learning.

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Related Links

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning

Georgia Association on Young Children

Georgia Early Learning and Development Standards (GELDS)

Georgia Program for Infant and Toddler Care

National Association for the Education of Young Children

Quality Rated in Georgia

Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families