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MACEDC is looking for feedback on the childcare crisis

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MACEDC is looking for feedback on the childcare crisis

Posted: Jul 26 2023
The childcare crisis and workforce shortage have been significant issues for businesses and parents in North Dakota. Of the approximately 62,000 children under age 6 in North Dakota, more than 70% have parents in the workforce. In 2022, there were only enough childcare and early education slots for 81% of these children of working parents and if parents had children in care were paying between $7,800 and $9,800 on average per year according to 2021 statistics.  Parents must choose between working and paying for childcare, or not working at all.  If there is no childcare, there is no workforce.
 
Alderman, Scott Burlingame states “Childcare is an essential component of our local economy.  It affects employers, families, healthcare, and our education system.  We are completing these surveys to gather the most accurate information so we can best address the Childcare problems as a city.”
 
If you have a business with a shortage of workers, or are a parent struggling with childcare, you’re invited to participate in one of our surveys.  All the information is confidential, and your participation is voluntary, but we can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we hear from you regarding the crucial issue of childcare shortages we face in our community.
 
If you are a business owner/manager, please respond to the link below:
Employer Workforce Survey
 
If you are a parent, please respond to this link below:
Parent Childcare Workforce Survey
 
We ask that the surveys be completed by Sunday, July 30th. 
 
Thank you for your partnership in this important effort!
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