Pam Tatum, President and Chief Operating Officer of Atlanta-based non-profit Quality Care for Children (QCC)
Pam Tatum, president and chief operating officer of Atlanta-based non-profit Quality Care for Children (QCC), is passionate about Georgia’s young children. She stepped into her current role in 2004, becoming only the third chief executive officer in QCC’s 30-year history, and has successfully demonstrated her ability to design innovative programs that positively impact young children. Under her leadership, Quality Care for Children has expanded its scope and impact to become one of the premier child care resource and referral agencies in the country.
Quality Care for Children works to ensure that infants and young children are nurtured and educated. We also work with child care providers to ensure children are fed nutritious meals through the Child Care Food Program, which serves 10,000 children every year. We are a nonprofit organization with a 30-year history. Today, nearly 400,000 of Georgia’s children under the age of six are in the care of someone other than their parents — for as much as 10 hours a day. That number grows every year.
Commissioner Bobby Cagle Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL)
Governor Nathan Deal appointed Bobby Cagle as the new Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning in January 2011.
Bright from the Start: GA Dept. of Early Care and Learning is responsible for meeting the child care and early education needs of Georgia’s children and their families with an annual budget in excess of $668 million.
Prior to joining Bright from the Start, Commissioner Cagle served as the Director of Legislative and External Affairs for the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). He also served previously as the Family Services Director for DFCS and was responsible for statewide policy and program development in the areas of child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, and provider contracting. His career includes positions as Deputy Director of Youth and Family Services for the Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services in Charlotte, N.C., the Director of the Graham County Department of Social Services in Robbinsville, N.C., and as a Judicial District Manager for the North Carolina Department of Correction. Commissioner Cagle began his career as a social worker and was also a probation officer.
Some of their services include:
- Administering the nationally recognized Georgia’s Pre-K Program
Licensing and monitoring all center-based and home-based child care facilities (approximately 10,000)
- Overseeing the federal Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program
- Housing the Head Start State Collaboration Office