The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, otherwise known as Bright from the Start, is the department of the executive branch that licenses and monitors daycare centers and state-funded pre-K programs. The department has two sets of rules and regulations for registered Support Centers and licensed child care programs: child care learning centers and family child care learning homes.
A child care learning center is defined as any place operated by an individual or any business entity that provides group care for seven or more children under 18 years of age. A family child care learning home is a private residence operated by any person who cares for at least three but not more than six children under 13 years of age.
Georgia Code § 20-1A-4(9) gives the Department of Early Care and Learning, otherwise known as Bright from the Start, the power to recommend in writing to the owner of any early care and education program licensed by the department that the program carry liability insurance coverage sufficient to protect its clients and require the recommendation to be posted in a conspicuous place.
While failure to comply with this requirement can result in a fine of $1,000 for every violation, the simple fact remains that certain child care providers in Georgia may operate without insurance.
Was your child injured or killed in an accident at a daycare facility in Georgia? You should refuse to make any statement to an insurance company until you are first able to contact The Balams Firm.
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Childcare learning centers and family child care learning homes are required to follow certain rules and regulations in regards to their supervision of children. A daycare facility can be held liable for the neglect or abuse of a child by one of its employees.
Unsupervised children are often capable of getting into extremely dangerous situations that can result in one or more children suffering serious injuries. Some of the most common kinds of neglect and abuse involved in injuries stemming from child care facilities in Georgia include:
Children who are involved in daycare accidents can sustain any one of a number of catastrophic injuries, depending on the type of incident. In some cases, these injuries can involve several months or possibly even years of medical care.
Victims in such cases may be entitled to compensation for all past, present, and future medical expenses as well as many other out-of-pocket costs, such as time away from work or replacement child care services. It is important to understand that not all damages are economic, as children may have suffered some degree of emotional trauma that can also have very long-lasting effects. Children can be entitled to awards for these types of damages as well.
Fractures or broken bones account for many daycare accident injuries, but more serious accidents may result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, or paralysis. Lack of proper supervision can also account for any burn injuries, poisoning, or drowning that occur at a daycare facility.
Child Care | Georgia.gov — Visit this section of the State of Georgia website to find the information you should know about child care, such as applying for the Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program through Georgia COMPASS. Learn more about Head Start and Early Head Start programs and use the local Child Care Resource & Referral System to search for child care programs. You can find information about Georgia’s free Pre-K program.
Child Care Services | Bright from the Start — Also known as the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning or DECAL, Bright from the Start administers Georgia’s Pre-K Program, licenses child care centers and home-based child care, and administers Georgia's CAPS program. Use this website to find a child care program, access child care forms, and read recent news. You can also find answers to various frequently asked questions.
If your child suffered severe or fatal injuries in an accident at a daycare facility in Georgia, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. The Balams Firm fights for families in communities all over Cobb County, Clayton County, Gwinnett County, Fulton County, and DeKalb County, such as Johns Creek, Riverdale, Roswell, College Park, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Marietta, Decatur, and many others.
ReShea Balams is an experienced personal injury attorney in Atlanta who will work tirelessly to help you get justice and obtain all of the compensation you are entitled to. You can have our lawyer review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (404) 445-2005 or submit an online contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.