Early Childhood Care and Education

IFCC Executive Committee  
The Technical College System of Georgia’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Program is poised to meet the needs of the recent mandates for increased education and training for Head Start teachers,
Pre-K teachers, and other childcare professionals.

For more information, please contact:
Larry Roberson
System Office
Technical College System of Georgia
Atlanta, GA
404 679-5251

Georgia’s Pre-K Program Assistant Teacher Credentials
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What's New in Early Childhood Care and Education
An Agreement to Establish a Transfer Articulation Agreement
Mercer University's Tift College of Education
The Department of Technical and Adult Education
Academic Years 2007-2009
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brightstart Telephone: 404-657-5576

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Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Scholarships & Incentives programs

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning SCHOLARSHIPS & INCENTIVES programs offer financial assistance and educational information for Georgia’s Child Care Professionals.  SCHOLARSHIPS provides tuition assistance for qualifying individuals who are pursuing a credential in early childhood education, child development and childcare administration.  INCENTIVES pays a salary supplement ($200 - $1000 semi-annually) to qualifying individuals who have earned an early childhood care and education credential or degree.
These programs are managed by Care Solutions, Inc.
Visit their website at www.caresolutions.com
for information on how to go back to school, SCHOLARSHIPS & INCENTIVES program requirements and applications or call
Local: 770-642-6722  or  Toll-free: 800-227-3410

Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE)
ECCE State IFCC Executive Board Committee
State Chair
Anita Dailey
Central Georgia Tech
State Vice Chair
Marcy Smith
Chattahoochee Technical College

Norwest Consortium
East Central Consortium
Southwest Consortium

Marcy Smith,
Chattahoochee Technical College

Bea Stitzer
Vice Chair
Coosa Valley Technical College

Gina Sapp
Swainsboro Tech

Valda Mills
Vice Chair
Augusta Technical College

Karen Davis
Southwest Georgia Technical College

Kathryn Kent
Vice Chair
Moultrie Technical College

Northeast Consortium
West Central Consortium
Southeast Consortium

Patti Reed
Lanier Technical College

Lisa White
Vice Chair
Athens Technical College

Gary Larson
Flint River Technical College

Cindy Edenfield
Ogeechee Technical College

Tania Henson
Vice Chair
Savannah Technical College

Georgia’s Pre-K Program
Assistant Teacher Credentials Information

To ensure that Georgia’s Pre-K Program continues to offer quality preschool education and follows national research and trends, Bright from the Start will begin implementing changes in the credential requirement for Assistant Teachers. Beginning with the
2008-2009 school year, Georgia’s Pre-K Program will require Assistant Teachers to hold a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or higher. To assist providers in meeting the new credential requirements, Bright from the Start has created a model to phase-in the policy over a three-year period,

Any ONE of the credentials/degrees listed below will meet the new credential requirement.

Academic Credentials or Degrees

  • Valid Child Development Associate (CDA) credential (issued by the Council for Professional Recognition)
  • TCC (Technical Certificate of Credit) in Early Childhood Education
  • TCD (Technical College Diploma) in Early Childhood Education
  • AA, AAS, AAT (Associate Degree) in Early Childhood Education
  • Valid Paraprofessional Certificate (issued by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission)

New hires for the 2008 – 2009 school year will be required to hold a Child Development Associate (CDA) or higher credential or be eligible for a waiver at the time of application for employment. To qualify for a waiver, a new applicant must be currently in the process of obtaining an appropriate ECE credential or degree.

Returning Pre-K Assistant Teachers, who do not currently hold any of the above credentials/degrees, will NOT be required to apply for a waiver. Bright from the Start will allow current Assistant Teachers to enroll in eligible programs of study leading to the award of one of the above ECE credentials or degree. All Pre-K Assistant Teachers must have earned a CDA or higher degree by the 2010-2011 school year.

Time Line:

2008 – 2009: New credential requirement in place

  • Returning Assistant Teacher must begin pursuing new credential.
  • New hires must have credential or an approved waiver from BFTS.

2009 – 2010: Continue pursuing new credential

2010 – 2011: All Assistant Teachers must have the required credential by the end of the school year.

For questions concerning credentialing, please direct all questions to Bright from the Start Pre-K at 404-651-7422 or 404-657-5576.

For questions concerning Early Childcare and Education programs at any of Georgia’s Technical Colleges, please contact:
          Larry Roberson
          Telephone: 404-679-5251 or
          Email:        lroberson@dtae.org


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