Atlanta Mayor Plans to Spend $20M to Enhance Child Care

ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens needs to spend $20 million to enhance and subsidize youngster care and preschool within the metropolis.

The cash would come with $5 million from the town, $5 million the town’s public college system and $10 million from non-public donors, Dickens advised WABE-FM.

On Friday, the Georgia Early Schooling Alliance for Prepared College students introduced a $4.5 million pledge from the Joseph B. Whitehead Basis and United Manner of Higher Atlanta to assist pay for the plan.

Town will use federal pandemic aid cash to pay for its $5 million.

The cash pays to refurbish childcare facilities, to assist households afford childcare and to pay academics bonuses.

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Dickens mentioned many childcare services haven’t been capable of afford mandatory repairs.

“To get them as much as par, we’re asking these childcare facilities, significantly on the southside of city a variety of disinvested locations, come to us and we’ll provide you with grants to enhance and modernize,” he mentioned.

The common month-to-month value of childcare in Georgia is about $1,000 per youngster. Courtney English, the mayor’s senior coverage advisor, mentioned that’s unaffordable for a lot of households.

“There are about 13,000 households in and across the metropolis of Atlanta which might be both cost-burdened — they’re paying effectively over 40% of their revenue in the direction of childcare providers, that’s manner, manner too excessive — or they don’t have entry to any sort of program just because they’ll’t get there, they’ll’t afford it,” English mentioned.

Curbing prices for households is a precedence, English mentioned, as a result of entry to high quality childcare is crucial for youngsters’s improvement.

In 2017, the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce launched a report exhibiting an absence of entry to childcare value Atlanta companies $1.75 billion yearly and $105 million in misplaced tax income.

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