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.

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Our Strategic Plan for 2024-2028

Our History

April 17, 1986

The Junior League of Atlanta founds Atlanta Children’s Shelter

1986

North Avenue Presbyterian Church Donates Space for ACS

1990’s

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

1993

Our first playground is built

1994

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

1997

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

2000’s

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

2000

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

2010’s

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
Award
– Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters Spirit
Award 

2010

Longtime Executive Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Brown, retires

2010

Sandra Keating–Holiday Hired as new Executive Director

2011

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

2012

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

2013

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

2022

Executive Director, Sandra Holiday, departs

2023

The Aftercare Program is renamed to Steps2Success

2023

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.