Georgia has Lost Thousands of Preschool, Daycare Teachers. Can the Lottery Help?

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2 min read
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Beau Evans
Nov 10, 2021
Key Points
  • Georgia’s preschools workforce dropped by roughly 20% from 2017 to 2020.
  • Preschool directors and advocates say many teachers have left for higher-paying jobs at Target and Walmart.
  • The state has more than $1 billion in Lottery reserves that could be used to boost funding for local preschools but hasn’t been touched.
The road ahead looks rough for Georgia’s preschools and daycares. Across the state, thousands of child-care workers have quit for jobs at Walmart and Target where they can earn better money and don’t have to worry about the stress of watching young kids. With the COVID-19 pandemic making matters worse, many teachers and advocates have ...

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