The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is responsible for overseeing and implementing early care and education programs in the state of Georgia. Their main objective is to ensure that children in Georgia receive high-quality care and education during their early years, which is crucial for their development and future success. DECAL works to establish and enforce standards for child care centers, preschools, and early learning programs, as well as providing support and resources to families and caregivers. They also administer the Georgia Pre-K Program, which offers free, high-quality pre-kindergarten education to eligible children in Georgia. Overall, DECAL aims to promote the well-being and school readiness of young children in the state.