Letter: Make sure to summer camps are state licensed

Dear Editor,

Choose wisely, choose safety this summer. We are rounding the corner, and spring is in view. We know that this is the time parents begin looking even further ahead to summer. We also know that most parents assume that all summer camps are regulated and operating by safety guidelines to protect their children. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Hundreds of camps across Georgia operate without any state oversight by the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) or accreditation from the American Camping Association (ACA). So, we encourage parents to make licensed or accredited care a key criterion in their summer search.

It stands to reason that with children being more active, they are more vulnerable to bumps, bruises and other risks. Licensed facilities are bound by state mandated rules for health, safety and supervision, which means there are checks and balances in place to reduce risk. Our goal is to eliminate the worry while you work and to ensure that your child is having the time of their life. Visit www.decal.ga.gov/ChildCareServices/RulesandRegulations.aspx to find licensed facilities across Georgia.

Wande Meadows

Early Childhood Program Administrator at Little Ones Learning Center in Forest Park

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