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Looks Like Spring - West Virginia Childcare Centers are “Bloomin’” Today

October 21, 2008

Charleston, WV – Flower delivery vans are as busy today in some areas of West Virginia as they are on Valentine's Day. It's "Take a Flower to Childcare Day," an occasion to raise awareness about the importance of high-quality childcare, not just to children and their families, but to everyone in the state.

Laura Gandee with the West Virginia Kids Count Fund says many studies have shown the solid link between the economy and high-quality childcare.

"Many people may not realize that even though they don't have a child in childcare, the quality of childcare affects the state's economic future."

Gandee says a study from Marshall University finds that for every dollar the state invests in childcare, the return to the economy is $5.20, with a chunk of that credited to savings.

"Higher academic achievement, lower juvenile delinquency rates and lower drop-out rates. That's a higher return on investment than any other economic development tool the state uses."

She says about 64,000 children under the age of six in West Virginia spend a large part of their day in the care of someone other than their parents because their parents are working. West Virginia has close to 2,500 childcare providers.

Deborah Smith/Kevin Clay, Public News Service - WV