December 16, 2019
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Spokane Lunch and Learn: Mounting Costs of Child Care in the Workplace

An in-depth report released this fall by the Washington State Child Care Collaborative Task Force lays out something that families and employers already know: how the high cost, limited access and quality of child care limits parents' op­tions.

Without many choices, parents are forced to make decisions that reduce workforce participation. This hurts families, employers and the economy.

According to Elway Research and Eastern Washington University's Institute of Public Policy & Economic Analysis, the lack of affordable and accessible child care in Washington State results in $2.08 billion estimated in direct cost to employers due to turnover and missed work, as well as $6.5 billion in direct & lost opportunity costs.

Join AWB on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. for an interactive "lunch and learn" session on this topic. Lunch is included in the $10 cost for the event at Spokane Community College's Littlefoot Room (124AB - Lair Student Center). The closest parking lot is P1.

Hear from Amy Anderson, AWB government affairs director and co-chair of the statewide Child Care Collaborative Task Force.

She will discuss the many issues employers are faced with due to lack of afford­able, accessible child care in Washington State.

Other speakers Include:

  • Tim Burgess, former Seattle City Council member and interim mayor
  • Ruth Kagi, former Washington state legislator

Register here or contact Amy Anderson to learn more about the topic.



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Spreading Christmas Joy
Holiday Kids Tree

Sharing the Spirit of the Season Across Our State

By AWB President Kris Johnson

As the state's business and manufacturing association, AWB is proud to lead a number of statewide efforts. Perhaps the most heartwarming is our job each December to coordinate the decorations and lighting of the state's holiday tree. Those decorations are always bundled up after the new year and donated to a local children's hospital.

Washington employers have donated a total of $438,000 to the Holiday Kids' Tree project over the last three decades. Just before the annual tree-lighting ceremony, we give bags of toys and checks to representatives from rural fire districts who distribute the food and toys to families in need. This year we were able to spread holiday cheer to families across the state, from Camano Island to Chelan and Walla Walla.

And speaking of trees, your state Capitol this year was filled with the greenery of a 34-foot noble fir, donated by Weyerhaeuser from its Vail Tree Farm near Rainier.

The tree was harvested from a small area that is being cleared to make room for a series of wind turbines at the new Skookumchuck Wind Farm. This 38-turbine project, a partnership between Puget Sound Energy, Weyerhaeuser, TransAlta and RES, will generate 137 megawatts of power -- enough to power 48,000 homes. That will be a gift for generations to come...

Read the full guest column in The (Centralia) Chronicle