Increase Child Care Assistance to Strengthen Georgia’s Families, Economy

Many low-income parents raising young children in Georgia are not able to afford the high cost of quality child care. Going without such care can prevent them from keeping jobs, focusing at work, and getting a job if they do not have one. Georgia offers a child care assistance program to help families afford child care, but the program helps just 5 percent of low-income children under the age of 13. Georgia can make child care assistance more effective by raising income thresholds, lowering co-payments paid by parents, increasing reimbursement rates and providing assistance to parents when they pursue a postsecondary degree.

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