Child Care Assistance: Georgia’s Opportunity to Bolster Working Families & The Economy

In 2015, The Atlanta Women’s Foundation partnered with Georgia Budget and Policy Institute to develop a report that makes the economic case for why Georgia should increase the amount of child care subsidies to help women work and the long-term economic benefit to the state of Georgia. Additional investment in child care assistance strengthens today’s Georgia workforce. It helps Georgia’s low income working parents become better workers, higher wage earners, and helps unemployed parents join the ranks of the employed. Nearly four in 10 of Georgia’s working families with children are low income families. A preponderance of research shows child care assistance can help these families contribute more to the workforce and to their own finances by enabling parents to:

  • Work with fewer child care-related disruptions, such as missed days, schedule changes and lost overtime hours. These interruptions cost U.S. businesses an estimated $3 billion each year.
  • Work more hours and stay employed longer.
  • Earn more income to support the family.
  • Stay employed at higher rates.

To read the full report, click here.


Breaking the Cycle of Generational Poverty in Metro Atlanta

The Atlanta Women’s Foundation undertook a proprietary research project to learn more about how women and girls experience poverty in our five-county service area. The results of this research have deepened AWF’s understanding of the issues impacting women and girls in our community. We will be using that information to direct our future activities and to help our nonprofit partners and the community work more effectively. To read the full report, click here.

An Executive Summary of the full report is also available.  To read the summary, click here.