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

Invite: Learn more about the Family Forward NC Employer Certification

May 24, 2023

Do you know what R. Riveter, Computerway Food Systems, the Charlotte Bilingual Preschool and the Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity have in common? They’re all Family Forward NC Certified Employers! Launched…

Employers Can Play Pivotal Role to Support Employees Who’ve Experienced Harassment, Assault 

April 10, 2023

More than eight in 10 women and four in 10 men nationwide say they have experienced some form of sexual assault or harassment, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource…

Building Strong and Resilient Rural Businesses, Families, and Communities

March 27, 2023

Small businesses are an important and growing sector of employers, especially in NC’s rural communities. Their success rests on their ability to recruit and retain workers.  That’s why Lisa Finaldi…

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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