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Fruit and vegetable sensory box activity at Elsa Cely's child care program. Photo credit: Linden Tree Photography. 

MESSAGE FROM PAM TATUM, PRESIDENT & CEO

As we hit the ground running in our 40th anniversary year, it is critical that we take time to reflect on the tremendous efforts by others that have made our work possible since 1979. Many individuals and organizations have worked tirelessly, and often behind the scenes, to advance programs, policies, and funding to help ensure that Georgia’s most vulnerable children can benefit from high-quality early learning experiences.
But if we are going to begin giving credit, we have to start with these four individuals.
 
In 1979 Nancy Travis and Joe Perreault had a vision of a quality early care and education system that could ensure the best outcomes for young children and meet the needs of working parents. The organization sponsored the Child Care Food Program and provided training and support to programs with a special attention to family child care. Joe and Nancy also worked tirelessly for the passage of the federal Child Care and Development Block Grant which included funding for a nationwide system of Child Care Resource and Referral agencies. 
 
Soon after, Ruth Anne Foote joined QCC and in 1983 implemented Nancy’s dream of providing free child care referrals to parents and helped to start child care resource and referral agencies in communities across Georgia.  Working with a handful of colleagues from other states, she also helped to start the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies (now Child Care Aware) charged with developing and supporting this system nationally.
 
Lastly in 1994, Donna Overcash became the second executive director, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the public and private child care policy field. In her role, she launched a strategic planning process to clarify QCC's mission, rebranded the organization, and recruited prominent business and community leaders to serve on the organization’s board. She found us a new home, strengthened the infrastructure and expanded our funding, donor base, and programs. Under Donna’s leadership, QCC flourished.  Like the leaders before her, Donna helped to establish Quality Care for Children as a nationally recognized early care and education nonprofit.

These QCC alumni are simply a few individuals from a much longer list of individuals and organizations who have shaped QCC.  We have a history we are proud of and we plan to share more information about the individuals and organizations who were a part of it throughout the year. 
 
Thank you continuing to support Quality Care for Children and for advocating for early learning programs and policies that help Georgia’s children, families, and economy.  We have come so far since 1979, but know there is much more work to be done to ensure that all of Georgia’s children are nurtured, educated, and reach their full potential.
  Sincerely,



  Pam Tatum
  President & CEO

2018 ANNUAL IMPACT

104,852 

participant hours of training supplied to child care professionals at 732 classes

950

child care programs assisted with Quality Rated, Georgia’s quality rating improvement system

18

18 child care providers supported with intensive Farm to ECE training, curriculum support, and gardening resources

7,029

on-site consultation visits and 21,854 hours of support at child care programs

$590,351

in grants provided to child care providers to improve their facilities and programs

22,542

children at 654 programs received nutritious meals through QCC's Child Care Food Program

5,582

free referrals for Georgia parents seeking child care, afterschool, and summer camps

76

community events throughout Georgia to help parents understand and find quality child care

192

Boost child care scholarships provided to college student parents at 4 Georgia universities

888

programs provided with business resources and discounts through QCC’s Provider Resource Hub

268

weeks of emergency child care provided to Georgia families experiencing crisis situations

97,584

messages sent with tips and child development info through QCC's Georgia Parent Power

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

QCC's 40th Birthday Party

Join us in celebrating at our 40th Birthday Party event on February 21st (add to calendar) at the SweetWater Brewery Woodlands Barrel Room! If you can't attend, please consider making a birthday donation in QCC's honor!  
 

2019 Early Start Breakfast

This year QCC will host its annual Early Start Breakfast on Tuesday, April 30th (add to calendar) at the Capital City Country Club in Brookhaven. The event will feature a keynote address from Milton Little, Jr., President and CEO of the United Way of Greater Atlanta.

NEWS & MEDIA

UPDATES & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Atlanta Girls’ School Student Grant Recipient

QCC was honored to be one of five grant recipients of the Atlanta Girls’ School’s annual philanthropy program. We commend the students for investing their time, effort, and resources to make an impact in their community!

Clayton State Hosts Boost Family Luncheon

QCC and Clayton State University hosted their annual Boost Family Luncheon for student parents receiving the Boost Scholarship for high-quality child care. The event featured a panel of student parents and remarks by University President, Dr. Tim Hynes.

QCC Launches ChildCareJobsGA.org

With the support of the United Way of Greater Atlanta and Bright from the Start: Georgia's Department of Early Care and Learning, QCC expanded its child care business support services through its Provider Resource Hub program and launched ChildCareJobsGA.org, a free job board and hiring tool for child care professionals. 

Atlanta Women’s Foundation Annual Luncheon

Menyuan Smith, QCC Training Manager, was interviewed about the Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s impact on women and girls for a video shown at their annual “Numbers Too Big To Ignore” luncheon. The event also featured a panel discussion with Laura W. Bush and Dr. Jill Biden.

Farm to ECE "Kickin’ it with Kale" Month

In October, QCC and its partners celebrated kale as the Farm to ECE Harvest of the Month Vegetable and as the theme of the 2018 National Farm to School Month. As part of the campaign, child care programs were given kale related resources and recipes and also participated in kale contests and giveaways.

QCC Hosts Early Head Start “Dads Café” Event

QCC’s Early Head Start program hosted a “Dads Café” event for fathers to discuss approaches to strengthening families. This program is part of a series of family engagement initiatives coordinated with the Early Head Start programs.

Victoria Long-Coleman Receives GAEYC Award

We are excited to share that QCC’s Victoria Long-Coleman received the 2018 Technical Assistance Specialist of the Year Award from the Georgia Association for the Education of Young Children (GAEYC). The GAEYC Award is given to an outstanding individual who works individually with child care centers and/or family child care homes to help them improve the quality of their care. 
Congratulations to the QCC Staff MVPs!
Pictured left to right: Ariel Santillan, Carmen Barton, Norma Vazquez, Menyuan Smith, Latoya Ford, Ednilda Rivera, and Sheila Rey

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