Family-friendly workplaces strengthen our state

Family Forward NC is an innovative initiative to improve children’s health and well-being and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive. It is employer-led change to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices — big and small — that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development.

Business Smart.

Family-friendly workplaces have a strong competitive advantage.

Family Friendly.

The benefits of family-friendly workplaces are numerous and long-lasting.

Future Ready.

To prepare our future workforce for success, we have to start in early childhood.

Families Have Changed.

But workplaces haven’t.

75% of moms
50% of dads

Seventy-five percent of US mothers and fifty percent of US fathers say they’ve passed up work opportunities, switched jobs, or quit to care for their children.Footnote # 1

According to the Federal Reserve in San Francisco, there would be 5 million more workers in the US workforce if parents had access to more family-friendly benefits.

40% of parents nationwide say they’ve left a job because it lacked flexibility.

North Carolina employers engaged

Family Forward in Action

As Parents Leave the Workforce During COVID-19, We Look at the Cost of Turnover Versus Family-Friendly Practices

October 14, 2020

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 75 percent of moms and 50 percent of dads said they’ve passed up work opportunities, switched jobs, or quit working to care for their children. When…

Child Care Support Options for NC Employers

September 29, 2020

As North Carolina slowly moves forward in reopening, it’s crucial that we provide our working parents with strong child care resources and statewide referral systems. The NC Child Care Resource…

Five COVID-19 workplace changes that may be here for good

September 15, 2020

In March of 2020, everything changed. Those of us who can work remotely began working from kitchen tables and sofas. We kept our children home from school. The world pivoted…

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  1. Craighill, Peyton and Danielle Paquette. “The surprising number of parents scaling back at work to care for kids.” The Washington Post. August 6, 2015. Return to footnote #1 referrer