Georgia
Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

 
GACCRRA Resources for Community/Employers 
 

The CCR&Rs work diligently in their local communities to promote quality, affordable, accessible child care. Through our efforts, the community and employers have access to many child care related services. Such services can translate into increased productivity on the job, lower absenteeism, and reduced turnover. The popular press and work/family researchers have clearly found that paying for & keeping high quality child care has become a major source of stress for families and of impaired productivity on the job for employed parents in this country.  Local CCR&Rs serve employers and the community through many avenues including:

  • Meeting the demand for child careCCR&Rs recruit, train, and provide technical assistance to child care providers so that parents have access to quality care and are able to be successful in the workplace. We also offer referral services to match child care needs with available resources. Through these referrals, we educate families about their options for quality child care relative to cost, location and enhancement services. Providing families with tools to help them identify indicators for quality child care is an essential component of our referral services.

  • Education: CCR&Rs provide employers and the community information surrounding quality child care issues, coordinate statewide child care programs and provide resources such as: child care supply and demand statistics; information about child development, early childhood education and quality child care; and links to professional organizations and community resources
  • Public Awareness: CCR&Rs educate parents and providers so they can serve as advocates for child care issues and support quality care locally, statewide and nationally.  CCR&Rs encourage families, providers, and their community to educate their legislators on issues important for young children. Since children can’t vote we must be their voice.

  • Enhanced Referrals: Employers wishing to offer additional benefits to the parents they employ, can partner with a CCR&R to offer enhanced referrals. This program can assist parents even more in reducing the stress they experience when searching for quality child care.
  • Parent Education Services: In addition to child care referrals, CCR&Rs offer parent workshops, newsletters and technical support related to work and family issues. Our Inclusion Project assists parents of children with special needs.
 
Employers
 

The Georgia Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (GACCRRA) helps employers effectively manage the child care issues that their employees face on a daily basis. Local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies offer numerous services for employers.

Research shows that parents who have consistent, affordable, quality child care are less likely to miss work or leave their jobs. They are also more productive while at work. Without reliable child care that they trust, employees often feel torn between their family and work responsibilities. As an employer, you have the opportunity to make your workplace family-friendly and to support quality, affordable child care for your employees.

Employers can reduce absenteeism, build employee loyalty and boost productivity by acknowledging employees' child care issues and supporting employed parents in their efforts to balance the needs of their job with the needs of their families.  In fact, simply providing information about how to find the right child care and how to achieve an effective balance between work and family can help boost morale and reduce absenteeism from work.

  • Lowering Absenteeism: According to Bright Horizons, 45% of parents surveyed are missing at least one day every six months due to child care issues, averaging 4.3 missed days within a six month period.  Sixty-five per cent are late to work or leave early due to child care issues.  These parents are late to work or leave early an average of 7.5 times in a 6 month period.  (Bright Horizons, Employees’ Child Care Needs and the Impact on Employers November, 2002)
  • Reducing Turnover: In a study by Bright Horizons, 31% of parent employees report that they have considered leaving their job because of child care issues.  75% of these employees said that on on-site child care center would affect their decision to stay; with at least half saying it would have a significant impact on their decision.  (Bright Horizons, Employees’ Child Care Needs and the Impact on Employers November, 2002)
  • Boosting Recruitment: World at Work conducted a study in October 2007 and found that 78% of the employees surveyed felt that on-site child care had a moderate or high impact on company attraction and 76% felt that it had a moderate or high impact on retention. Twenty-one per cent felt that Dependent Care Referral and Resource Services had a moderate-high impact on attraction and 24% said that it had a moderate to high impact on retention.  (WorldatWork, Attraction and Retention: The Impact and Prevalence of Work-Life and Benefit Programs)

There are numerous avenues to provide child care support for employees; some of which require minimal investment, while others involve more significant investments and commitments.  For more information about the benefits of supporting child care in your business community please contact your local CCR&R.

 

 
Community Partnerships
 

Community Partnerships: The 6 CCR&R agencies partner with local and statewide agencies to address the needs of Georgia's Children. Some of our partners are:

  • Bright from the Start: Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning: "Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (Bright from the Start) is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia's children and their families. Bright from the Start oversees a wide range of programs focused primarily on children ages birth to school age and their families."

  • Georgia Afterschool Investment Council: "The Georgia Afterschool Investment Council is dedicated to ensuring Georgia's youth have access to high-quality, affordable afterschool and summer learning programs. Over 1 million kids, at least half of Georgia’s school-age children, may spend time away from their parents between the hours of 3PM-6PM and in the summer. Too often, our middle schoolers and high school youth are left with too few opportunities at a time when community relationships and career exploration become more central to their development. The Georgia Afterschool Investment Council (GAIC) is committed to responding to such crises. Our organization is developing an inter-related public policy and engagement strategy to sharpen the public and private roles for investments in our youth and build the public will for increased attention to the afterschool/out-of-school time issues Georgia faces."

  • Georgia Association on Young Children: "The Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC) is a non-profit membership organization that promotes quality early care and education for young children. GAYC is the state affiliate of the Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). GAYC's purpose is to work toward improving the general welfare of Georgia's young children from birth through age eight by: Providing opportunities for early care and education professionals and paraprofessionals to enhance their experiences and increase their knowledge of young children and working with its membership and other organizations to develop and nurture partnerships on behalf of young children and families."

  • Georgia Department of Human Resources: "DHR is Georgia's human service agency whose mission is to strengthen Georgia families by providing services through about 80 programs that ensure their health and welfare." Within Georgia DHR is the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS): the part of DHR that investigates child abuse; finds foster homes for abused and neglected children; helps low income, out-of-work parents get back on their feet; assists with childcare costs for low income parents who are working or in job training; and provides numerous support services and innovative programs to help troubled families.

  • Georgia Family Connection Partnership and Georgia Kids Count: "Family Connection Partnership (FCP) is a public/private partnership created by the State of Georgia and funders from the private sector. We assist communities in addressing the serious challenges facing Georgia's children and families. We also serve as a resource to state agencies across Georgia that work to improve the conditions of children and families." Georgia Kids Count "provides citizens and policymakers with current reliable data to inform planning, budget, and policy decisions that impact Georgia's children, families, and communities."

  • Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education: "The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education was founded in 1990 and today is working hard to be Georgia's foremost change agent in education. The non-profit, non-partisan independent organization consists of business, education, community and government leaders who are focused on efforts to shape policy and reform public education in the state."

  • Georgia School Age Care Association: "The Georgia School Age Care Association is a member based, statewide, professional organization for those who work with school-age kids in after school programs, before school programs, or during the summer. GSACA trainers provide training, technical assistance and consultation to providers."

  • National Black Child Development Institute - Atlanta Chapter: "NBCDI exists to improve and protect the quality of life of African American children and their families. This nonprofit organization has provided and supported programs, workshops, and resources for African American children, their parents and communities in: Early Care and Education, Health, Elementary and Secondary Education, Child Welfare and Parenting. NBCDI's Affiliate network represents the organization's commitment to create exemplary community-based programs that make a difference."

  • United Way: "United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement. Local United Ways create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Common focus areas include helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people’s health. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems." There are numerous chapters across the state. Click here to find your closest chapter.

  • University of Georgia Cooperative Extension: "County Extension agents help keep farmers abreast of the latest agricultural technology, research and marketing strategies. Some agents help parents cope with the pressures of balancing home, work and children; others help keep families healthy with information on nutrition and food safety. . . . Through county Extension offices, the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences helps Georgians become healthier, more productive, financially independent and environmentally responsible."

  • Voices for Georgia's Children:"Voices for Georgia’s Children is an independent 501c3 engaged in research, analysis and advocacy to give kids in our state a voice on decisions that impact their lives.  Use this site to understand our mission, stay informed and learn why and how your voice can make a difference."

GACCRRA
50 Executive Park South, Suite 5015
Atlanta, GA  30329
877-ALL-GA-KIDS
www.gaccrra.org

   
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