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

Business Smart: Coastal Credit Union

October 4, 2021

When COVID-19 closed schools and businesses, Meghan Ercolanese had to balance work with caring for her 9-year-old and 4-year-old sons. And she wasn’t the only employee adjusting to a new…

Family-Friendly Workplace Policies in NC’s Local Governments: Before, During and Beyond COVID-19

September 23, 2021

MomsRising and Family Forward NC conducted a survey in June 2021 of local governments to determine what family-friendly workplace policies local governments incorporated before the COVID-19 pandemic; what they added…

Business Smart: Automated Solutions

September 1, 2021

A Q&A with Automated’s HR Director, Kathryn Brant We recently spoke with Kathryn Brant, who serves as HR Director for Caldwell County’s Automated Solutions, a manufacturing company with product lines…

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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