About Us

At Atlanta Children’s Day Shelter, we believe in families. Since 1986, we have provided services for more than 5,000 families and cared for almost 8,000 children. Our logo with its two gears exemplifies our dedication to families. As an organization, we are committed to serving both children and parents because generations are like gears. You can’t turn one gear without turning the other, and when one gear can’t turn, neither can the other. That’s why we provide comprehensive services to parents along with high quality early childhood education to children. Only with services for both can we achieve our vision of an Atlanta where homelessness is defeated and every child has a safe and nurturing home.


Our Strategic Plan for 2024-2028

Our History

April 17, 1986

The Junior League of Atlanta founds Atlanta Children’s Shelter


North Avenue Presbyterian Church Donates Space for ACS


The Aftercare Program is established to support families in the transition to self-sufficiency


Our first playground is built


Our office space is renovated after a successful $1M Capital Campaign


The Hire Up Employment Program is established to empower parents in reaching their career goals


Atlanta Children’s Shelter receives:

– Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Managing for Excellence Award
– Atlanta Women’s Foundation’s
Sue Wieland Embracing Possibilities Award
– SPANX’s Empowering Women Award


Our Early Childhood Education Program achieves National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation


Atlanta Children’s Shelter receives:

– The Home Depot Foundation’s
Building Better Communities Award
– President’s Award by the Concerned
Black Clergy
– Georgia State University Partnership
– Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Spirit


Longtime Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Brown, retires


Sandra Keating–Holiday Hired as new Executive Director


Glenn Family Foundation Awards a $100,000 grant to Atlanta Children’s Shelter


ACS Renovates adding classroom, healthcare exam room and parent training room


Our Early Childhood Education is licensed by Georgia DECAL’s Bright from the Start


Executive Director, Sandra Holiday, departs


The Aftercare Program is renamed to Steps2Success


Cameron Turner steps into the role of Executive Director

May 8th, 2024

The agency changes its name to Atlanta Children’s Day Shelter and adopts a new logo featuring two gears.