There are many ways in which the business community can expand the availability of quality child care and promote child care affordability for families. In too many communities today, quality child care is hard to find and not affordable for families – particularly families who have more than one child, an infant, a child with special needs, or need care during non-traditional hours.
Why should employers care about child care?
- 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.
- Parents with quality child care know that their children are in a safe setting that promotes their children’s healthy development.
- Children who are in a quality child care setting are more likely to start school ready to succeed. 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.
The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) and the Committee for Economic Development (CED) have partnered on a business toolkit for child care to highlight ways through which the business community can: expand the availability of child care, promote ways to make child care more affordable, and promote child-friendly workplace policies to help families better balance the stress between work and family.