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

City of Greensboro Becomes First Certified Metro Employer

October 26, 2023

Last week, the City of Greensboro became the first metro city to become certified as a Family Forward NC Employer! Watch the video now “Providing family-friendly benefits isn’t just about…

Employers Can Support Their Employees Child Care Needs

October 19, 2023

Key Takeaways From Our Conversation With A Child Care Expert One  of the perks of being a Family Forward NC Certified Employer (along with the recognition that your workplace supports…

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is in October.

September 27, 2023

Employers can play a role in lowering violence by offering paid safe leave and paid family and medical leave. As we prepare for a month of discussion and action around…

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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