The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce will host an event on Thursday Nov. 16, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, to highlight the economic impact of accessible high-quality child care.
Having parents in the workforce is a reality for many families today. For children under five, 11 million are in out-of-home care for an average of 36 hours per week. And by kindergarten entry, many children have spent 10,000 hours or more in out-of-home care. Yet, millions of working families do not have access to the high-quality care that enables parents to work and their young children to flourish and develop. This has significant implications for the American workforce and the competitiveness of the economy.
The Nov. 16 event will explore how access to quality child care could positively impact Kentucky’s workforce and better position our state to compete and succeed in the global economy. Business leaders and policy experts will lead discussions on ways the public and private sectors can work together to implement policies that will build a better future for everyone in Kentucky.
Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare will include presentations from Dr. Laura Jana, pediatrician and author of The Toddler Brain; the Honorable Justin Burr, North Carolina House of Representatives; and Sharon Votaw, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Lexmark International among other leaders in this field.