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Investment in early education, care is critical to Cleveland’s economy


Local opportunities available for entrepreneurs to respond to demand for early education and care centers Access to early education and child care services has long been a pressing concern for a significant number of working parents. According to the Early Care and Education Consortium, more than 17.5 million workers, or roughly 20% of the American workforce, rely on child care every day.

The demand, and more so, need, is further heightened when placed in an economic context. A study released by ReadyNation and Council for a Strong America just prior to the pandemic found that a lack of access to child care costs $57 billion in lost earnings, productivity and revenue.

Our workforce’s dependence on early education and child care was further magnified by pandemic-induced labor shortages. Today, communities are more aware than ever before of the importance of these essential services to families. As of December 2021, the Center for American Progress found that nearly 40% of families in Ohio were living in an area with insufficient child care, limiting many parents’ ability to return to work. In fact, the Center’s study states that over 90,000 Ohio parents have had to make career sacrifices because of challenges in obtaining child […]

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