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Parents, looking for a summer camp? State offers tips finding safe programs
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The Richmond Hill Garden Club is encouraging children to get interested in growing things. - photo by Stock photo

Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is collaborating with Quality Care for Children (QCC) to help parents find summer camps and child care programs in Georgia for the summer. Parents can speak with a summer camp referral specialist by calling 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (877-255-4254) Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.

“Our first recommendation to parents looking for summer camp is to start as early as possible,” said QCC Chief Executive Officer Pam Tatum. “Many camps and child care programs offer scholarships, sliding scale fees, and discounts for registering multiple children. By beginning early, families can find child care that fits their budget, alleviate fears regarding child safety, read reviews of the program, and find a program most convenient to where they live.”

“Summer camp does more than just provide child care for a family when children are not in school,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “Attending camp in the summer can help children learn how to work with others, build meaningful relationships, accept guidance, express creativity, and become more independent and confident. 

“Sometimes, however, families don’t know what to look for or what questions to ask when looking for a summer camp for their children. DECAL and QCC have partnered to create these resources so families

can do their homework and make informed decisions about the right camp for their children,” Jacobs said.

“Parents should be aware that there are no assurances that state health and safety requirements are met or enforced in exempt programs; therefore, they should always check a provider’s background and experience before choosing a camp or child care program,” he said. “Also, exempt programs are required to notify and inform all parents or guardians that they are not licensed by the state.”

DECAL can rescind an exemption if the program submits false information, loses accreditation, or fails to comply with requirements of local, regional and state health departments, fire marshal, fire prevention, and building and zoning guidelines.  The exemption process is outlined on the DECAL website at:

The public is encouraged to call DECAL with concerns at 404-657-5562 or e-mail

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