Live Outside NC? Use Our Playbook to Inspire and Engage Business Leaders and Employers in Your Community

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How to Build a Family Forward Community Playbook for Actionable Change

You know wrap-around supports like paid leave, high-quality child care, and accommodations for pregnant workers improves health and well-being for families and children. But what about the business leaders and employers in your community? Are they inspired to create change? Are they advocates for your work? 

Do you want them to be?

If you’re looking to inspire and engage business leaders and employers in your community, join the North Carolina Early Childhood Foundation’s Family Forward NC for a webinar at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 21. We will introduce you to our resource, How to Build a Family Forward Community—a playbook that takes what we’ve learned over five years of building our Family Forward NC initiative, and share it with you. 

Our hope is that you will use this resource to inspire leaders in your community to be more family-friendly. It includes materials to: 

  • introduce you to Family Forward NC; 
  • help you understand your own state’s family-friendly landscape; 
  • and educate and engage employers in your state to inspire them to increase access to family-friendly practices that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development. 

Register for our webinar today to learn more about this resource and how other communities across the country are already using it to create their own initiatives!

About Family Forward NC 

Family Forward NC is an innovative initiative, within the NC Early Childhood Foundation, to improve children’s health and well-being and keep North Carolina’s businesses competitive. It is an employer-led change to increase access to research-based, family-friendly practices—big and small—that improve workplace productivity, recruitment and retention; grow a strong economy; and support children’s healthy development.

Through Family Forward NC, we work with employers to increase access to family-friendly practices like paid leave, child care support, accommodations for pregnant and breastfeeding workers, and more. We build support and inspire action by: 

  • sharing data, telling stories, and highlighting best practices;
  • and providing employers with the resources and tools they need to create or change their own policies and shift the culture within their own workplaces.  

Since Family Forward NC launched in 2018, we’ve engaged with more than 8,500 employers across the state. We’ve helped public and private employers of all sizes and industries create and change their policies to make their workplaces healthier for employees and their families and to better support North Carolina’s children. In October, we launched the Family Forward NC Employer Certification and now have 24 employers (and growing) who are officially certified as Family Forward. 

The NC Early Childhood Foundation is driven by a bold – and achievable – vision: Each North Carolina child has a strong foundation for life-long health, education, and well-being supported by a comprehensive, equitable birth-to-eight ecosystem. We build understanding, lead collaboration, and advance policies to ensure each North Carolina child is on track for lifelong success by the end of third grade.