The cost and lack of available high-quality childcare is forcing some North Carolina parents to leave the workforce.
Rather than pay more than they can afford for high-quality childcare or settle for lower-quality care so they can continue to work, parents are opting to take a break from the workforce and remain home with their children, according to data from the National Survey of Children’s Health and the Center for American Progress (CAP).
More than 62,000 North Carolina parents with children five and under quit a job, turned down a job or greatly changed their job in 2016 because of issues finding care providers, according to a CAP report released in September, which analyzed data from the the most recent National Survey of Children’s Health. Nationally, almost two million parents of children ages five and younger had to quit a job, turn down a job or greatly change their job because of issues finding care providers.
The report was issued on the heels of another CAP report that revealed over half the country lives in a childcare desert, or a ZIP code with either no or very few, overcrowded childcare providers.