Mon., April 5, 2010 2:47pm (EDT)

Georgia Child Care Needs Improvement
By Josephine Bennett
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
(photo courtesy Bright From the Start)
(photo courtesy Bright From the Start)
A new study, commissioned by the state, finds big problems with daycare in Georgia.

The half-million dollar federally funded study, found two-thirds of day care classrooms give low quality care to infants and toddlers. The state contracted with the Frank Porter Graham Development Institute at the University of North Carolina to evaluate programs here.

Problems include safety hazards, teachers expecting very young children to behave a certain way, and poor health practices. Holly Robinson with Bright from the Start oversees daycare in Georgia. She says the biggest surprise were problems in infant and toddler care.

“We knew there were some issues but it was certainly….gives us some real challenges here.”

Robinson says the state will use nearly 20-million dollars in stimulus funds to beef up teacher training and improve quality of care in all daycare centers.