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Supporting Georgia’s Early Care and Learning System with COVID-19 Relief Funding

Please join us for a webinar to hear what the Urban Institute has learned about early care and learning needs in Georgia and updates on how the state is using Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support its early care and learning system. In 2021, the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) contracted with the Urban Institute to conduct a statewide stakeholder engagement project that would provide DECAL with information to help allocate CRRSA and ARP funds. In this webinar, we will share key findings on family and early educator perspectives on their needs and possible solutions. DECAL representatives will share how they have been working to meet those needs and provide information on future projects funded through CRRSA and ARP funds.

This webinar is ideal for state leaders considering how they can systematically learn from their stakeholders and use data and research to allocate their CRRSA and ARP funding. The webinar is also geared toward members of Georgia’s early care and learning community, including child care providers, interested in learning more about potential funding opportunities. Finally, researchers and other policymakers will find the information presented pertinent to their work.



  • Teresa Derrick-Mills, Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Amy M. Jacobs, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Cary Lou, Research Associate, Urban Institute
  • Bentley Ponder, Deputy Commissioner, Quality Innovations and Partnerships, Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning
  • Diane Schilder, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute




This webinar is hosted by the Urban Institute and funded by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning. For more information on the Urban Institute’s funding principles, go to

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.

Date & Time Wednesday, June 29, 2022

  • Senior Fellow
  • Senior Research Associate
  • Senior Fellow