Is Your Workplace Family-Friendly? Learn How to Be Recognized
We have big news! This month, we launched our brand new Family Forward NC Employer Certification as part of our Family Forward NC initiative, and we’re hosting a webinar to spread the word. Please join us October 5 from 1-2 EST. To register, click here.
Family-friendly workplaces have a competitive advantage. But more importantly, for children and families, the benefits of family-friendly workplaces are numerous and long-lasting. They include:
- positive impacts on health, development and well-being,
- financial stability, and
- future career success.
Children whose parents have access to family-friendly benefits receive much-needed support and time with their parents during the most critical years of brain development, which leads to better health and well-being throughout their lives. And family-friendly benefits, such as accommodations for pregnant workers or paid leave, improve a mother’s health, lowers risk of miscarriage, and improves an unborn baby’s health, including lower risk of preterm birth and low birthweight.
Our unique certification designates employers that offer policies and practices that support the health and well-being of working families and children. To achieve certification, an employer must offer best-practice policies in one or more of five main areas:
- paid leave and wages;
- accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding workers;
- child care;
- health and wellness benefits; and
- scheduling practices.
Family Forward NC defines best-practice policies through:
- the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s Pathways to Grade-Level Reading Measures of Success and Action Frameworks;
- guidance from medical organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics or the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and
- guidance from our partners in early childhood organizations, including the Child Care Services Association, MomsRising, the North Carolina Breastfeeding Association, and others.
Ready to become certified? Visit the Family Forward NC website.