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In Pennsylvania and across the country, child care is identified as one of the top barriers to employment. In the changing landscape of workforce development, businesses want to better understand how child care affects their bottom line and Pennsylvania’s edge in the national and global marketplace. The effects of COVID-19 mitigation mandates have created new challenges for an already economically fragile childcare system. As childcare and the workforce struggle to regain their interdependent stability, public and private actions are imperative.
The Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission in partnership with the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will be discussing these issues at the 2020 Early Learning Economic Summit. The event will be held via webinar from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 8th. The Summit offers a shared learning opportunity for business leaders and policy makers to:
- Learn recent Pennsylvania research on child care’s economic implications
- Understand the challenges working and recently furloughed families face
- Explore concrete recommendations designed for public-private action
- Discover private-sector, best practices supporting the childcare system
- Acquire tools for business assessment of workforce child care needs