Working Parents in Georgia Receive Help With Child Care

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Bailey Suite's parents work full-time jobs, and child care plays a key role in their lives.

Julie Suite, a parent, says, "It's my top priority. When we moved into the area we had no idea, and we had some friends help us find the right place for our kids to be."

The right place with the right price tag is a critical combination that state leaders are addressing.

Gov. Perdue says the Georgia child care tax credit will return $50 million to working parents to help with the cost of child care.

Elizabeth Wall, owner of Peanuts Kiddie Kollege, says, "Working on an income, a lot of single parents, or even two incomes, it's hard to make it now-a-days, so they have to have the help."

Perdue says the child care credit works in conjunction with an existing federal tax credit.

Julie Suite says, "We don't have the choice not to work, unfortunately, so it's really important to us that they're somewhere where they can be happy."

With this extra help, Gov. Perdue says working parents can afford child care while bringing economic prosperity to the Peach State.

Gov. Sonny Perdue says Georgia's child care tax credit will start at 10 percent of the federal credit and grow to 30 percent by 2008.