November 6, 2019

AWB to raise awareness of child care challenge

By: Andrew Lenderman   Comments: 0
AWB is hitting the road to raise awareness about the lack of affordable and quality child care in Washington.

AWB is reaching out to local chambers of commerce all over Washington this month and next to raise awareness about the high costs of child care, and the impact to our state economy.

AWB's Amy Anderson is scheduled to meet with chamber leaders and their members from Grays Harbor to Spokane.

The lack of affordable, quality child care is a significant challenge that cost Washington about $6.5 billion in 2017. Employers lose productivity and were hit with $2 billion in turnover costs, a recent study shows.

Half of those polled in a recent survey said it’s difficult to find, and keep child care. And 27% quit their jobs or left school or training because of child care challenges.

Check out the new report, sponsored by AWB and other partners, here. A new graphic that highlights the big picture is located below.

"Some Washington families are spending more on child care than the cost of sending a kid to college," Anderson says. "And the cost is not the only challenge. Sometimes families can't find child care at all, which limits their ability to work and fully participate in the economy. Washington already faces workforce challenges, and a lack of affordable, quality child care just compounds the problem."

This story is resonating throughout Washington. Anderson and others have appeared newspapers and magazines such as The Daily News, The Seattle Times, The Bellevue and Kent Reporters, Seattle Weekly, South Sound Business and 425 Business.

To learn more or get involved, contact Anderson at or 360.943.1600.