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: 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…

New Report: Family-Friendly Business Policies Help Lower Child Abuse, Neglect Rates

August 30, 2021

Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina report shows policies that promote economic security, like paid leave, lower child abuse, neglect rates By Melea Rose-Waters, Policy Director for Prevent Child Abuse North…

Business Smart: A Place at the Table

August 26, 2021

Choosing to have a career in the restaurant industry shouldn’t mean choosing to not have benefits. That’s the mindset of Maggie Kane, founder and executive director of the café A…

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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