Anticipating potential growth of state pre-k programs, state policymakers should consider a number of approaches to protect and expand the existing infant-toddler child care infrastructure.
Beyond limiting harm to infant-toddler programs, state leaders could take the opportunity to invest in a birth-5 system that equitably supports high quality services for infants and toddlers and preschool-age children.
Georgia’s Quality Rated Subsidy Grant program used a competitive contracting process to boost supply in high-need areas of the state, targeting infants and toddlers. This program was eliminated in the 2020 legislative session because of COVID shortfalls. However, in prior years, grantees received reimbursement that was 50 percent higher than the base subsidy rate.
To read more about state strategies to strengthen infant-toddler care, while expanding pre-K read here.