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

New Resource: How to Build a Family Forward Community

July 19, 2021

Through our Family Forward NC initiative, we’ve engaged with more than 6,200 employers across North Carolina and helped employers of all sizes and industries create and change their policies to…

Ongoing Survey of Families with Young Children Highlights Need for Parental Supports

June 23, 2021

The American workforce is still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one has felt the brunt of job loss the way women have.  The University of Oregon’s RAPID-EC project,…

Employers: Seven Things You Can Do Now to Support Expectant and Nursing Mothers and Bring them Back to Work

June 8, 2021

Prior to the pandemic, more women than men were enrolled in college, medical schools and law schools. In the three months before COVID-19 hit the US, women even outnumbered men…

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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