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GCCA LogoGeorgia Center for Child Advocacy

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy,a nationally certified child advocacy center is the preeminent authority on the treatment of childhood sexual abuse providing evaluation and treatment for children’s long-term recovery, and leading a statewide prevention and education program to end the sexual abuse on children.  It was established as a private, non-profit agency in 1987. The Center’s purpose is to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children through prevention, intervention, therapy, and collaboration.  Prevention services are provided across the State of Georgia.  In September 2008, GCCA and the Bibb County School System kicked off their prevention of child sexual abuse training initiative.  Macon was selected as the pilot city in Georgia to implement a comprehensive Darkness to Light (www.d2l.org) training curriculum to educate adults to recognize, prevent, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. (www.georgiacenterforchildadvocacy.org

The Stewards of Children program is designed for organizations that serve children and adolescents, providing prevention training for staff, volunteers, parents and other interested adults.  The programs goal is to provide training to 1,000,000 adults to 2020, thereby reducing the occurrence of child sexual abuse in Georgia, allowing for safe, productive childhoods to be enjoyed by all of Georgia’s children.  Georgia’s Stewards of Children program is housed at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy center. 

Smart Start Georgia, the Early Childhood Division of United Way of Metro Atlanta, contracted 11 Bright from the Start approved trainers, and now Stewards facilitators, to provide 76 Stewards of Children training classes to at least 1500 employees of child care centers and family homecare providers throughout Georgia for the 2008-2009 fiscal year.  Ten of these classes will be held in Spanish to reach at least 200 Hispanic child care providers.  Last year (2007-2008), these trainers reached over 1200 child care professionals who are responsible for over 45,000 children. www.smartstartga.org

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) has approved credit hours to early education teachers that take the Stewards for Training. Scholarships are available. www.decal.state.ga.us 

Easter Seals Sylvan Hills
Child Development Center addresses Autism

For more than 85 years, Easter Seals has helped children with special needs. These days, the agency has become the largest provider of services for children with autism.

At the Easter Seals Sylvan Hills Child Development Center, in a class of mostly 3-and-4 year olds, four children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or ASD. At first glance, they're hard to spot and that's the point. This is an inclusive childcare class.

“We want to ensure that we had a way to include the children on the spectrum," explained Donna Davidson, President/CEO of Easter Seals North Georgia. "The children get into their own world. They feel more comfortable in their own world and it's our opportunity to bring them out of their world with the different strategies."