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Planting SEEDS for a Successful
School Year

The Inclusion and Behavior Support Unit at DECAL is committed to supporting childcare providers in creating and maintaining high-quality, inclusive environments for all of Georgia’s earliest learners. With the unique experiences that young children and their families have faced over the past year, we want to offer providers resources to ensure every classroom is an inclusive environment where all children can succeed. To do this, we are launching an outreach campaign entitled Planting SEEDS for a Successful School Year. This campaign will provide strategies and resources in the form of tip sheets, webinars, provider testimonials, and a Facebook Live series that all focus on boosting social-emotional wellness and minimizing challenging child behaviors within your program. Social media outlets will be our main form of communicating these tools to the community, so be sure to follow DECAL on Facebook and Instagram. Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about the Specialists in your area and hear our team touch on common issues in the classroom. We will be providing tips on how to implement various inclusive practices and ideas on how to embed social emotional supports throughout the learning day. The outreach campaign will also feature success stories from providers across Georgia, as well as information on how and when to reach out to us for support. Through a successful partnership with Georgia early childhood providers, we as an education community can address the needs of our children and build a strong foundation for a successful school year. For more information about the free trainings and coaching support we provide, contact the SEEDS for Success Helpline at 1-(833) 354-HELP, or email us at Inclusion@decal.ga.gov.


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September 2021 Peer Support Network Dates Announced

The Quality Rated Peer Support Network (PSN) was created by childcare providers to share ideas, success stories, and lessons learned during the Quality Rated (QR) experience.  The PSN is open to all QR programs and to those in the process of earning or increasing their QR star rating.  The PSN meets quarterly in various locations around the state to discuss topics identified by the participants. Pat topics have included staffing solutions, inclusive classroom practices, and the role of leadership in a quality program.  PSN meetings are facilitated by a QR Ambassador, a representative from a 2- or 3- star QR program selected by DECAL based on her/his proven commitment to improving the lives of Georgia’s children and families.  QR Ambassadors are integral to the success of the PSN.  They represent QR while supporting the community of PSN meetings

County Ambassador(s) Date Time Ambassador Email
Bibb Brett Copeland
Dr. Paula McGhee
Sept. 14th 12:45pm bcopeland@centralgatech.edu 
pmcghee@centralgatech.edu 
Dougherty Tommie Terrell
Stacy Favors
Sept. 14th 10:30am herosinstillmentacademy@gmail.com 
stfavors@phoebehealth.com 
Muscogee Jed Tuiolesega Sept. 14th 10:05am

jtuiolosega@ymcacolumbusga.com 

To register for a session:

Log into your GaPDS account at https://gapds.decal.ga.gov/ and search "Peer Support Network" under Trainings > Find Scheduled Training Session.  You will see the September 2021 training.  You can slecet a meeting based on a date and time that woks for you or use the shcedule to select a specific session pased on the county or ambassador serving as host.

Participants receive 2 ADM Training Hours.

For more information, please contact:  qualityratedpsn@decal.ga.gov

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