Programs, Policies, & Resources
Quality Care for Children (QCC) helps businesses and communities assess their child care challenges and develop and implement strategies to address them. Child care issues are becoming increasingly complex, though when appropriately addressed can have a significant impact on your workplace or community. QCC works directly with thousands of child care providers and parents throughout Georgia and is uniquely positioned to design policies and programs and provide resources to support your employees, residents, and child care programs.
For more information about how QCC can help, contact Pam Tatum at email@example.com or at 404-479-4201.
Questions to Consider
- Does the lack of affordable child care impact your workforce? Is it difficult to find 2nd and 3rd shift employees because of child care challenges?
- Do you understand the child care needs and preferences of your employees?
- Have you considered community-based options for helping employees meet their child care needs?
- If you have on-site child care, can all of your employees afford it?
- Is your company relocating or expanding and will any employees need to find new child care arrangements?
- What information and resources do you provide to new and relocating parents at your company?
- Is your business eligible for a child care tax incentive?
Child Care Impact
- In a 2016 Care.com survey, 74% of working parents said their jobs had been affected by child care problems: falling behind on work, missing work, and loosing pay because of absences.
- Over 75% of mothers and 50% of fathers in a 2015 Washington Post survey said they’d passed up work opportunities, switched jobs, or quit to take care of their children.
- In 2016, employee absenteeism and turnover costs businesses in Louisiana $816 million. A survey of working parents in Louisiana found that:
- One in seven parents with a preschooler said they turned down a promotion
- Nearly 1 in 5 reported leaving full-time employment for part time work because of child care issues
- Almost half of both men and women reported missing work regularly due to problems with child care
- One in 6 had quit and 1 in 13 had been fired because of problems funding or paying for child care
Questions to Consider
- Does the supply of quality child care in your community meet the demand?
- Can you ensure businesses considering locating in your community that their workforce will have the quality child care needed to enable them to work?
- Is your community attractive to young families? Will they find your community a great place to raise a family and educate their children?
- Are your schools succeeding? Are they receiving kindergartners who are ready for school -- who can read to learn by the third grade and go on to graduate high school?
- Are you developing the workforce for tomorrow that will keep your community attractive to new businesses and families?
Child Care Impact
- $24 billion of parents annual earning in Georgia is supported by the availability of child care
- Every dollar invested in quality child care and pre-K for disadvantaged children, returns $13 to the community.
- Access to quality child care can save businesses $13 billion per year resulting from fewer work disruptions, like being late or missing a day of work due to the lack of child care.
- Georgia’s early child care industry generated $4.7 billion in 2016 , as much as the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries, and heath and personal care retailers.
Who We Can Help:
- Local Businesses
- Chambers of Commerce
- HR Professionals
- Planning & Zoning Officials
- Community Groups
- Policy Makers
How We Can Help:
- Assess employee and community child care needs
- Expand community-based child care options
- Manage child care scholarships and subsidies
- Develop on-site child care programs
- Provide free child care referrals for parents
- Provide resources for new parents