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It's that time of year folks...parents are thrilled to get some sense of order and routine back in the house while the kiddos are sad faced at the thought of homework, tests and papers. That's right, it's back to school time! Whether your district has started or you are savoring the last few days of summer vacation, it is important for business professionals and employers to acknowledge the working parent struggle. In this newsletter we are discussing the issues working parents face, the new employment policies put into place and the innovative technologies and products used to help the transition.
The Age Old Question...
"Across the country, parents are struggling to balance their busy work routine with their children’s school schedule. Both parents work in half of married-couple families, and 70 percent of them work from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., a reality that leaves most families to contend with at least a two-hour gap between when school ends and when the workday ends. While mothers were once expected to be full-time caregivers, 75 percent of women with school-age children now work. Yet fewer than half of American public schools offer an after-school program."

Schools Moving to a Four Day Week?
"Making the switch to a four-day school week is a growing trend in districts across the country. Once a practice reserved for rural districts, the idea is catching on in suburban and urban areas as well. Research by  The National Conference of State Legislatures estimates 560 school districts in 25 states have at least one school with a four-day schedule. Leading the charge are Colorado (55%), New Mexico (43%), Idaho (38%), and Oregon (32%). " Here are the pros and cons of switching to a four day week.

The Child Care Crisis is Impacting the Workforce
"Child care is necessary for parents—particularly mothers—to work and earn an income, yet it has become an increasingly crushing expense for families with young children. Over the past two decades, the cost of child care has more than doubled, 9  while wages have remained mostly stagnant. 10  Many parents find that child care expenses consume most of their paycheck, and some decide to leave the workforce as a result. 11  Typically, mothers are the ones who make that tradeoff.Research supports that high child care costs and limited financial assistance are driving mothers out of the workforce. Over the past two decades, women’s labor force participation in the United States has stalled while other major developed nations have seen continued growth."

How Can Employers Support Working Parents?
"Supporting working parents makes life easier for your employees at home and work. It’s also a wise choice in a tight labor market. Having a reputation as a family-friendly workplace attracts talented workers, keeps your top performers from jumping ship for more supportive environments and can help boost the overall productivity of your business. Simply put, less stressed employees are happier and more focused workers"

Dave Baker's Take
"The truth is all of that training up through finishing college taught me one thing. Life is about continuous learning. If you stop when you graduate your knowledge stops there too. College created a level of personal curiosity that has provided me the tools to do the things we do today. It has paid off well...."

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