Professional Family Child Care Alliance of Georgia (PFCCA) History
In September 2011, a group of current and former child care providers, including several past presidents of GAFDC/GAFCC met and discussed the need for a new statewide organization, which would represent the family child care profession in Georgia. Family child care, also called home-based child care, is the preferred care of infants and toddlers in the United States. In 2011, there were more than 3,200 licensed family child care programs and large group homes across the state. Georgia needed a family child care association that would align with providers, serve as a resource for parents and work with agency staff and child care regulators to improve the quality of care offered to children served in our family child care homes.
As a result of several discussions, the Professional Family Child Care Alliance of Georgia, Inc. was created and incorporated in November as a nonprofit corporation in Georgia. Professional Family Child Care Alliance of Georgia (PFCCA) adopted a mission to improve the lives of children in Georgia by promoting professional, high quality family child care through the encouragement of training, education, and national accreditation. A steering committee governed the first year. Volunteers were recruited, by-laws were adopted, goals were established, a logo was designed, a website was published and all the numerous other decisions and jobs needed were accomplished. While all of this was happening, this team of dedicated volunteer members developed and held a successful conference in May 2012. Our membership grew to over 350 members in our first year (when membership was free). Elections were held In January 2013. Officers and a Board of Directors were installed in May 2013 at our 2nd statewide conference. We applied for our 501C3 from the IRS and received our approval letter in February 2014.
The Board of Directors have continued to fine tune the organizational structure, determined the needs of providers from survey results, phone calls, emails to providers, food programs and resource and referral agencies. PFCCA of GA also held meetings and offered trainings at the Southern Child Care Conference and Georgia Association of the Young Child, met with local associations, held new member meet and greets, and offered community events to spread the word about Professional Family Child Care Alliance of Georgia. We were regularly included at meetings with Bright From the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning (BFTS GA DECAL) that impact family child care homes. Invitations to participate also included: Georgia Child Care and Parent Services Task Force, Quality Rated (Georgia’s system to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early education and school‐age care programs),GA CAPS and the BUILD Initiative, just to name a few.
We offered two more successful statewide conferences, in 2014 and 2016, making a total of 4, offering DECAL-approved child care training credit hours to more than 400 GA providers. PFCCA also coordinated three Fall Festivals, gathering more than 600 providers and families for multi-cultural enrichment and fun in the metro-ATL area. In 2014, the GA Legislature passed HB401, which officially changed our name from Family Day Care Homes to Family Child Care Learning Homes, at our request through DECAL. We meet quarterly with Commissioner Amy Jacobs and the senior leadership team to discuss collaboration and share the PFCCA perspective. We continue to be invited to the table for important conversations about early care and education set up by a variety of organizations; especially when it involves family child care learning homes.
The founding members included Sandra Ramsey, Lynn Manfredi/Petitt, Sandy Byrd, Patricia Sullivant, Julie Phillips, Melissa Davis, Chris Cross-Holcomb, Clara Herrera, and Vergil S Holcomb, Jr.