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New rating system for Georgia day care centers

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Updated: 7/18/2013 1:33 pm
ATLANTA, Ga. -- The state of Georgia is teaming up with daycare providers to make sure parents and children get top notch services.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal hopes to ease the nerves of parents across Georgia with the help of "The Quality Rating and Improvement System."

The new ratings system allows daycare providers to volunteer to have their center rated with one, two, or three stars. Stars are awarded based on a combination of points gathered from an independent observation and portfolios. The review must show the program goes beyond the standard requirements of a day care center.

So far more than 230 child care programs have volunteered to be rated.

Governor Deal is offering incentives to get other centers on board with the program. They include: extra money for providers to buy new supplies, rated centers can also receive money for staff bonuses, and an increase in state and federal reimbursements.

For parents interested in seeing how your child's day care center ranks, head to decal.ga.gov. There you'll find a database with all of the counties in Georgia, and a list of the centers participating.

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