Sunday, October 21st

A recent survey revealed working parents in Jackson County have child care concerns.

The online survey, coordinated by a local taskforce, shows more than two-thirds of those surveyed have been unable to work overtime due to child care arrangements and just over 56 percent do not have alternative options if their child becomes ill.

“It’s important to gather the information to get a true picture of the impact childcare is having on our workforce and the community,” said Marianne Torkelson, Co-op Credit Union’s vice president of business development and training who is a member of the task force. “When working parents struggle to find appropriate child care, it affects the community as a whole.”

The Jackson County Childcare Task Force has been meeting to share concerns and look for solutions as the county grapples with a lack of adequate and available childcare.

The survey, which concluded in June, covered questions about what options parents currently utilize, what type of care children receive at their current providers and if or how arrangements have interfered with employment.