Helping ensure that young children receive quality child care
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.
UGA Extension agents in many Georgia counties provide entity-approved training to help ECE teachers 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.
This self-paced online course is designed to help ECE professionals understand how to keep the child care environment safe and healthy. Each individual module in this course will introduce you to a specific topic related to healthy environments. Specific modules include Preventing Lead Poisoning, Injury Prevention and Control, Water Quality and Safety, and Asthma Prevention. Modules on Testing for Radon, Emergency Management for ECE, and Energy Conservation for ECE are coming soon.
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.
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.
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.
- Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
- Georgia Association for the Education of 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