“We have known for years what young children need to develop optimally, but we have not fully understood how critical the early care and education industry is to our state’s economy”, said Gail Piggott, executive director of the Alabama Partnership for Children. “Not only do these programs provide employment in small businesses across the state, but they enable parents to go to work each day. In our state, 65 percent of children under the age of six have all parents in the workforce. Comprehensive early care and education also lays the groundwork for Alabama’s future workforce, by preparing upcoming generations for school and work success.”
The Alabama Partnership for Children has been the state’s leading voice for early care and education for over 12 years. It strongly believes that it is important to support strengthening public investment in quality licensed early care and education, and encourages Alabamians to:
- Learn more at www.alabamachildcarefacts.org
- Support efforts to expand First Class Pre-K to more children in our state.
- Establish and support the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) across the state. QRIS provides early care and education facilities with programmatic, professional development and financial supports. The system also provides parents with a framework to evaluate potential ECE facilities to make the best decision for their family.
- Advocate that all early care and education programs are inspected for basic health and safety standards.
Click here to view PDF version of the full report: Economic Impact of the Early Care and Education Industry on the Economy of the State of Alabama.
Click here to view the Executive Summary.