Georgia Daycares Miss Out on Millions in Lottery Dollars

Nov 03, 2021
Key Points
  • Families struggle to pay an average $500 a month in daycare tuition for thousands of Georgia child-care programs that do not receive lottery funds.
  • Daycare workers made 40% less on average in salaries compared to lottery-funded preschool teachers in 2020.
  • Subsidies for low-income families to cover child-care tuition costs rose to around $329 million last year in Georgia.
While the lottery funds universal preschool for Georgia’s four-year-old children, thousands of families pay out-of-pocket to enroll their younger kids in local daycares – often at a steep price. Nearly $24 billion in proceeds from lottery ticket sales has gone to fund preschools and the HOPE and Zell Miller college scholarships since the Georgia Lottery’s ...
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