Infant-Toddler Child Care Challenges Undermine Georgia’s Strength
High-quality child care can help enhance national security and increase public safety
High-quality child care can enhance public safety and national security, contribute to a strong economy, and strengthen the current and future workforce. However, Georgia’s working parents know how difficult it is to find child care, particularly for their infants and toddlers, that’s available, affordable, and beneficial to their child’s development during one of the most critical periods of brain development.
Nationwide, the infant-toddler child care crisis has an annual cost of $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity, and revenue. In Georgia, child care problems cost $1.75 billion in lost economic activity every year, as well as more than $105 million in lost state income tax revenue annually.
Georgia lawmakers must expand the child care subsidy program and offer providers incentives to increase the quality of care–particularly for infants and toddlers. Support for high-quality child care is an investment in our future national security, public safety, and economic well-being.