NC Department of Commerce Hiring New Childcare Business Liaison

As childcare concerns grow across the High Country and the state, the NC Department of Commerce is funding a new position to assess and address the challenges being faced with childcare. WRAL reported the liaison will work with companies interested in coming to the state to look for solutions early in the process, “helping them come up with ways to subsidize child care, offer solutions to their employees, even create child care centers if necessary.” About half of North Carolina families with children live in so-called “child care deserts,” places where there aren’t enough openings for children who need them, or where quality child care is financially out of reach for most families. A recent study completed by Wilkes EDC examines existing childcare services and makes recommendations for moving forward while Watauga Economic Development is underway with a similar study.