ATLANTA (AP) - Officials are encouraging early child care and education programs to sign up for the state's system that rates their facilities and help parents make informed decisions. Gov. Nathan Deal discussed the state's first Quality Rated child care programs Tuesday at the capitol. The voluntary system assesses the quality of child care programs through a star-rating system.
In 2012, officials hoped for 700 programs to sign up. Nearly 1,100 joined Quality Rated last year. Ratings first went public on July 1. Within the first two weeks, the rating website had more than 3,000 visits. About 1,300 early care programs currently participate. Officials plan to heavily promote the program throughout the state to encourage more programs to join. Quality Rated programs are eligible for free professional development, technical assistance and financial incentive packages.