Finding Safe, Reliable, Quality Child Care
Employers can help employees find quality, affordable child care throughout Georgia.
Looking for child care can be stressful for parents. Knowing what to ask, what to look for, who to trust, and how to compare options is hard. There are so many different child care options, looking for child care can easily turn into an overwhelming and confusing experience for parents.
Employers can help by:
- Referring employees to Quality Care for Children for assistance in looking for child care. Quality Care for Children is a Georgia nonprofit organization that has been operating for over 30 years and is the single source of child care referrals for the state of Georgia. It’s easy: 1-877-ALL-GA-KIDS (1-877-255-4254) for the helpline or www.allgakids.org to conduct an online search.
- Posting signs or flyers with links to Quality Care for Children’s web site and contact information in places where employees regularly gather such as the copy machine or the lunch room.
- Reducing parent stress over child care. Do families need help finding child care for a special needs child? Do they need child care during non-traditional hours (like evenings or weekends)? Are parents looking for a Pre-K program, summer camp or, after-school program? Quality Care for Children can help. They know all the options. They can work with families to help parents make informed decisions.
- Assisting new hires and employees who are relocating with child care information. If your business has a new hire packet, include a flyer about Quality Care for Children to assist new employees in finding child care. If your business has families who are relocating, some companies have contracted with Quality Care for Children for enhanced referrals. Moving can be stressful enough, an enhanced referral means that Quality Care for Children staff will talk with the family about their child care needs and desires. Based on the information staff receive, a packet of options will be assembled for parents to review including key program details and whether the programs have a vacancy for the age of the employee’s child or children.
How can employers more directly support employee child care needs?
- There is a federal tax credit for businesses that contract with Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies to assist their employees with finding child care. Employers can receive a tax credit of up to 10 percent of expenses for CCR&R services.
- There is a federal tax credit for businesses that provide child care on-site. Employers can receive a tax credit of 25 percent of qualified expenses for an employee child care program.
- Employers can set up Dependent Care Assistance Plans where employees can set aside up to $5,000 in pre-tax salary for dependent care expenses, money used to reimburse employees for child care expenses.
- There is a Georgia tax credit for employer-provided child care.
- There is a Georgia tax credit for employers that sponsor or contract for child care for employees.
- For more information about the above tax incentives for child care, read our employer tax incentive summary.
- There is a federal tax credit for child care expenses that allows a modest credit against individual/family taxes owed.
- There is a business employee benefit (referred to as a Dependent Care Assistance Plan) that enables employees to set aside money for child care tax-free that can be used to reimburse some child care expenses.
- There is a Georgia tax credit for child care expenses that can be taken in addition to the federal child care tax credit.
- For more information about the above tax incentives for families, read our detailed summary for employees.
For low-income families, child care subsidies are available based on family income. To find out more about Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) program to help low income families afford quality child care, check out the CAPS program under Georgia’s Department of Early Care and Learning, Bright from the Start web page on child care subsidies. Families can learn more information about the CAPS program on this web page or can apply for subsidies on line.
- Employer Tax Incentives for Child Care Summary
- Employee Tax Incentives for Child Care Summary
- Employee Tips, Resources & Definitions Summary for Finding Quality Child Care
- Information about Georgia’s Quality Rated child care programs
- Quality Rated Brochure
- Information about Georgia’s Childcare and Parent Services (CAPS) subsidy program
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