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Release Date: 04.17.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Quality Care for Children

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $100,000 to Quality Care for Children

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation awarded Quality Care for Children (QCC), an Atlanta-based non-profit with a 30-year history of ensuring that Georgia’s infants and young children are nurtured and educated, $100,000 in support of its Emergency Child Care Program and capital campaign. 

QCC’s Emergency Child Care Program helps families who were previously homeless or at risk of becoming homeless achieve self-sufficiency by assisting them in meeting their childcare needs, which includes paying for childcare for up to six weeks, as well as assisting families in developing long-term childcare plans.  In this economic downturn, QCC will offer child care assistance for up to four months to families who have lost their job and are struggling to pay for child care while they search for another job. 

“Our Emergency Child Care Program is regarded as a model program and has achieved attention nationally from other child care resource and referral agencies,” said Pam Tatum, chief executive officer with Quality Care for Children.  “This grant helps us maintain the quality of our program while giving us the opportunity to help even more Georgia families in need.” 

The capital campaign supports QCC’s recent move to new office space at Druid Pointe.  The new space enhances overall efficiencies and allows QCC to serve more childcare providers while saving money on the cost of facilities.  The new space includes a training facility, which will improve QCC’s ability to offer programs for childcare providers, as well as orientations for families in the Emergency Child Care Program.  Additionally, the new technology in the space will allow QCC to better demonstrate the Georgia Alliance for Quality Childcare web platform to promote shared services, which saves childcare providers time and money on supplies, marketing and administrative tasks.

“Quality Care for Children is on the front lines of Georgia’s efforts to raise the bar for child care,” said Penelope McPhee, president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation.  “This organization is unique in its ability to help both families and child care providers do right by our youngest children.”

The organization’s primary focus is on creating excellence in childcare and early learning by:

  •  Creating Quality:  providing training and resources to childcare providers to increase the overall quality of care.
  • Ensuring Access:  helping parents access affordable, quality care for their children to ensure the best early learning experiences.

Quality Care for Children improved the quality of childcare for more than 100,000 children in Georgia last year by:

  • Assisting child care programs in achieving high quality standards, including      national accreditation 
  • Creating new quality childcare programs in communities where they are needed 
  • Training and supporting child care teachers
  • Ensuring that children in more than 1,100 childcare programs get nutritious snacks and meals 
  • Assisting parents in finding and choosing quality childcare, including parents of children with special needs
  • Assisting families in crisis by paying for childcare

 

About Quality Care for Children:
Quality Care for Children (QCC) is Georgia’s leader in equipping parents and childcare providers with the tools they need to receive and provide high quality, affordable childcare so that all children have access to superior early learning experiences and are ready for school.  The non-profit organization launched 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS in 2009, providing Georgians with one source for finding the best quality childcare to fit their needs.  Please visit www.QualityCareforChildren.org or call (404) 479-4200 for more information.

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation:
Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons. Mr. Blank co-founded The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, in 1978 and retired from the company as co-chairman in 2001. Through the foundation and his family’s personal giving, Mr. Blank has granted more than $250 million to various charitable organizations. Visit the Foundation web site for more information: www.BlankFoundation.org.

 

Contact Info

Contact Name: Theresa Prestwood

Company: Quality Care for Children

Phone: 404-479-4202

E-mail: Theresa.prestwood@qualitycareforchildren.org