Child care challenges, whether a result of systemic barriers to access or the cumulative impact of inconsistent or unreliable care, affect parents' participation in the workforce and can have far-reaching effects for families, employers, and the state's economy as a whole. Recent reports from two states, Louisiana and Maryland, suggest that such child care challenges lead to significant costs to families, employers, and the states' economies. Building on the work of our partners in these states, we set out to examine such issues in Georgia. In mid-2018, a polling firm surveyed Georgia parents of children under 5 to better understand the intersection of workforce participation (including participation in work training and postsecondary programs) and child care challenges. (author abstract)
Opportunities lost: How child care challenges affect Georgia's workforce and economy [Executive summary]
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