Smart Start: A positive impact on Davidson County
Child care often is the number one concern for working parents with preschool children. The network of Smart Start programs makes it easier for parents to enter and stay in the workforce. As a result of quality child care, worker absenteeism is reduced.
A full range of services for parents and guardians also provide education and counseling on personal issues that may contribute to lost work days. Working parents can participate in many of the different programs offered through Smart Start, making child care more accessible and affordable.
The benefits of Smart Start are apparent to employers as well as employees. The business community benefits from the Smart Start network of services by:
- Increasing the workforce today. A variety of child care options and financial assistance for eligible workers provide answers to employees who might otherwise have restrictions on getting and keeping a job.
- Preparing tomorrow’s workforce. Children today are the workforce of the future. Early childhood education and health care prepare children to begin school healthy and ready to learn.
Children, parents, employees, employers, and the entire community gain the benefits of an early investment in children. There is a strong link between quality education, higher wages, and the economic and social future of Davidson County.
Quality education begins early with quality child care.