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

Three facts to prove the demand for family-friendly workplaces is here to stay

January 13, 2023

The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on how we work are profound and long-lasting. Employers must (and are) continuing to adjust to the “new way of work,” which includes an…

Federal Report: Workers Without Paid Leave Quit Their Jobs More Than Workers With Paid Leave During the Pandemic

November 7, 2022

A new report issued late last month by the U.S. House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis shows that workers who did not have access to sick pay or paid…

Employers Can Play a Role in Ensuring Children and Families are Safe From Violence

October 14, 2022

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and we’re highlighting the important role employers can play to ensure all of North Carolina’s children and families feel safe and free from violence. …

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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