Georgia

What is the GaPDS?

The Georgia Professional Development System or GaPDS was developed by Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) to ensure that Georgia’s youngest citizens receive high quality educational services. GaPDS provides a number of key benefits from increasing the number of high-quality early childcare education programs to tracking knowledge, and also raise the status of early care and education. The GaPDS replaced the PDR, and former PDR numbers are the same as PDS numbers.

A wide variety of childcare training listings are provided on the GaPDS. GaPDS manages all of your trainings and keep the records all in one place. The Georgia Professional Development System approves trainings from qualified trainers. AIR Child Care Training Solutions offers trainings under the trainer Pam Oviatt, a designated level II trainer.

Georgia Childcare Training Tools

While there are many great tools available to childcare professionals, here’s one that we’ve found to be very useful.

Search Approved Trainingin the GaPDS allows participants to search for trainings based on specific filters. Participants can search in the GaPDS for trainings by trainer code, training name, training format, and for courses to meet specific credentials.

How many hours of annual training do childcare providers need in Georgia?

According to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, after the first year of licensure, all new and existing FCCLH Providers and Directors must complete ten (10) hours of annual training each calendar year.