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North Carolina Child Care Industry Shows Significant Economic Impact

The child care industry in North Carolina employs more than 46,000 people and generates more than $1.5 billion in gross revenues, according to a study performed by the National Economic Development and Law Center (NEDLC), supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

In addition to being a significant job-creating, income-generating industry in its own right, the study listed five key ways in which the child care industry is linked to North Carolina businesses and the economy as a whole in the state. Child care:
• Enables parents to participate in the labor force
• Drives labor force productivity by decreasing absenteeism, reducing turnover, and enhancing recruitment at existing businesses
• Attracts businesses to North Carolina by increasing education and quality of life indicators
• Cultivates North Carolina’s future workforce by improving the cognitive skills and emotional well-being of children and ensuring that they enter the traditional K-12 school system ready to continue learning.
• Offers a financial return by reducing future public spending in such areas as criminal justice, remedial education, unemployment, and welfare

To receive a copy of the executive summary or the full report, visit www.ncsmartstart.org or www.nedlc.org.


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