As a volunteer network of CCR&R agencies, we support all Georgia's families, caregivers, and communities in a unified effort to provide, promote, and receive high quality child care for all children in Georgia to reach their full potential, being ready to succeed in school and life.
All Georgia's children experience high quality early care environments supported by families, providers, and communities.
For more than 20 years, child care resource and referral services (CCR&R's) have been offered in Georgia. The first resource and referral was started in 1983. In 1991, five CCR&R agencies joined together to form the Georgia Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (GACCRRA). In 1993, GACCRRA developed a plan and was funded by the Georgia Child Care Council to provide technical assistance to CCR&R's and to expand the existing database of child care resources in Georgia. By the end of 1993, 10 CCR&R agencies were in operation in Georgia and that number grew to 14 agencies statewide. In 2009, the Department of Early Care and Learning, Bright From the Start restructured the CCR&R's in the state and they were consolidated into 6 agencies. These CCR&R's are strategically located across the state.
- Initially funded by DFACS to regionally support unregulated providers through training, technical assistance, & equipment
- Core funding initially provided through the Georgia Child Care Council
- Funding transitioned to Bright From the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning
- Has supported services including: Inclusion, Quality Improvement, Georgia Training Approval System, career coaching
- Supports and works with the Quality Rated system
GACCRRA has played a key role in the implementation of a number of statewide initiatives funded by other sources to improve access to and increase the quality of child care. There is no other statewide association with more than a decade of regional relationships and infrastructure capacity building that is more poised to impact and enhance accessibility of services. The GACCRRA Network retains a unique position to collect and share information, implement quality initiatives, and advocate for improvement of early care and education at a grassroots level across all of Georgia's 159 counties.