WATE, 12/15/22
Working parents in Tennessee are struggling to find and afford child care according to a new study. This struggle is also contributing to the state’s worker shortage according to the study authors. The study found that the “adverse economic impacts of inadequate child care on Tennessee parents, businesses and taxpayers” lead to $2.6 billion being lost each year in lost earnings and revenue. In Knox County, the study found an economic impact of $108 million in lost earnings and revenue per year. The study was conducted by the Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (TQEE) with help from Zogby Analytics and economist Clive Belfield.