BUILD State Inception Year
BUILD State Leads
Kristin Bernhard, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mindy Binderman, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), email@example.com
Early Childhood System
Early Childhood Governance Structure: Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning administers the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, administers federal nutrition programs, and manages voluntary quality enhancement programs. Georgia was the first state to create a cabinet-level early childhood department which consolidates much of the funding and programs for early childhood into one department.
BUILD 2015 Areas of Focus
- Birth-Three Coordination: Assist Georgia’s leaders in mapping and creating an integrated, coordinated system of systems for children birth-three.
- Family Engagement: Support the work of Georgia’s Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant Family Engagement Task Force.
- Child Care Subsidy: Assist Georgia’s child care subsidy leadership in making recommendations to implement and sustain reduced parent co-pays and classroom grant subsidy contracts.
- Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant - $51,739,896 (Phase 3)
- Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership State Grant - No state grant was received. $16,200,000 in annual grants were received by eight community-based organizations in Georgia.
- Project LAUNCH Grant (2014)
- MIECHV Grant - $9,310,630 competitive grant and $1,000,000 formula grant (FY 2015)
Local/Regional Collaboratives: Under the Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge Grant, Georgia has developed four Early Education Empowerment Zones to pilot innovative strategies at the community level to support early childhood systems-building efforts that align with state-level goals.
State Government Leadership
- Governor Nathan Deal (R)
- State Legislature: House and Senate (both Republican controlled)