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

By the Numbers: NC’s Family Forward NC® Certified Employers have doubled already in 2024

June 5, 2024

The word is out: workplace benefits that support the health and well-being of parents, caregivers, and young children are also great for employers. Since January 2024, the number of Family…

Three Ways Employers Can Support Workers’ Mental Health 

May 22, 2024

Honoring National Mental Health Awareness Month & Maternal Mental Health Month Almost everyone experiences mental health challenges at some point in their lives. Responsive communities and workplaces can allow people…

Industry Leaders Claim Family Forward ‘Firsts’ and Open the Door for More to Follow

May 22, 2024

Innovators and industry leaders know that being “the first” at something takes a certain level of risk. Whether motivated by passion or prudence, we’re seeing businesses step up and try…

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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