The early care and education industry generates $4.7 billion of economic activity in the state each year.1
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The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation states that a world-class workforce begins with a world-class education system. The “Bedrock of American Business” is high-quality early childhood education.
The availability of child care in Georgia creates over 84,000 jobs, strengthening the workforce and contributing to the overall state economy.
GEEARS’ recent report, Opportunities Lost, examines how child care challenges affect parents’ participation in the workforce and can have far-reaching effects for families, employers, and the state’s economy as a whole.
Georgia businesses need employees who are job-ready and well-prepared, in order to remain competitive. We can build a strong workforce pipeline for Georgia, but we must start early. The foundations of their workforce’s skills are built during a child’s first five years.
1″Economic Impact of the Early Child Care and Education Industry in Georgia”, Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (2016) Download PDF.