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.
The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization operating to inspire and provide leadership for a statewide movement on quality early learning and healthy development for all children ages birth through five. GEEARS’ vision is, by 2020, all students will enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and on a path to read to learn by third grade.
The Committee for Economic Development (CED) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, operating to unite and mobilize the business community on key public policy issues by delivering well-researched analysis and reasoned solutions to our nation’s most critical issues. For several decades, CED has provided a business voice in support of early learning programs. CED policy studies Why Child Care Matters (1993), Preschool for All (2002), Unfinished Business (2012) and CED commissioned research – including research conducted by Nobel Laureate in Economics James Heckman – made the economic case arguments for early investments in children and identified child care as a central workforce issue.
Many of the resources were drawn upon resources and services available through Quality Care for Children, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, operating for more than 30 years to assist families throughout Georgia in finding quality, affordable child care and working with providers throughout the state to strengthen the quality of early learning settings, including child care.