Over the past two years, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has led studies in various states about the economic impact caused by the lack of affordable childcare. These studies provide critical data to inform public policy on local and state workforce development. During the month of November, the U.S. Chamber and their funder conducted outreach to various states across the U.S. to assess interest in participating in this year’s study. Texas was not immediately included on that short list.
However, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce led efforts to garner the support of the Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce and other early education organizations across the state to collectively advocate that Texas be included. Just last week, we learned that there will in fact be a Texas economic impact report!
Access to affordable, quality childcare is essential for working parents to enter, re-enter, or stay in the workforce, especially during the COVD-19 pandemic. There have been numerous studies highlighting the benefits of early childhood education for both children and their parents. Children gain a strong educational foundation, and their parents can pursue careers or enhance their education or vocational skills. The previous studies looked at the causes of childcare challenges as well as motivations behind why parents select various childcare providers.
Knowing that many employers want to facilitate more access to childcare but do not know where to begin, the U.S. Chamber seeks to learn what types of childcare benefits working parents desire most from employers. Those results indicates that there is tremendous untapped economic potential in each state if childcare challenges are solved.
The U.S. Chamber will now be working with the Metro 8 Chambers to discuss timing, scope and process. our process. Count on your Chamber to keep you updated.
The Texas Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce include: Arlington, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. Together we serve more than 20,000 Texas companies, which is 70% of the Texas population.