A Two-Generation Approach
Meeting Economic Needs, Today and Tomorrow:
Early learning improves employee productivity today and builds the foundation of skills for tomorrow’s workforce.
GEEARS’ Opportunities Lost report underscores how child care challenges affect parents’ participation in the workforce and the state’s bottom line, leading to an estimated $1.75 billion in losses for Georgia each year.
Access to high-quality affordable childcare allows parents to go to work every day and contribute to Georgia’s economy.
- Employees with safe, reliable, quality child care are less likely to miss days of work due to child care related challenges.
- Employees with safe, reliable, quality child care are more likely to be able to focus on their work without the anxiety of worrying about their children while they are at work.
Simultaneously, their children are gaining skills that prepare them for school and children who start school ready to learn are more likely to perform at grade level, less likely to drop out of school, and more likely to become part of a strong workforce in the future. Their access to quality early learning will lead to eventual higher incomes, creating a stronger consumer base.