Issue 6.23
June 5, 2020
Join us on June 11 for our next webinar
THURSDAY, JUNE 11 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

A COVID-19 world has proven how critical child care is to the labor market. Just as many other businesses were forced to permanently close their doors due to the pandemic, it is estimated that one-third of all child care facilities nationally won’t reopen.

This presents an even greater issue as we begin to return to work. Will employers be more flexible with employees? Where can employees send their kids during the workday? Is it affordable? Is it safe?

Cheryl Oldham of the US Chamber of Commerce and Representative Quinn Johnson will explore the current state of affairs both nationally and in Delaware and what the future of child care could look like in a post-COVID-19 world.
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A Moving Target - What to Expect in 2021
DEFAC held their May meeting with one more in June before the General Assembly passes the state’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget. While projections and estimates seem to change by the minute, there are a few things to be watching over the summer and into the fall related to economic recovery and what the impact to state expenditures will be in 2021.

  1. Medicaid growth
  2. Unemployment
  3. Long term impacts on traditional revenue streams
The Case for Upskilling our Workforce
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Workforce development is more important now than ever. There are known labor shortages in industries like health care, construction/trades, and information technology. Workers given new opportunities to develop skills for in-demand careers will be the best-positioned when the economic recovery begins.

Delaware’s Secretary of Labor Cerron Cade and Ron Painter, president & CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards provided both a national and state perspective on what's being done now and plans for the future.

Sussex Tech's Health Professions Program

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has not only given people a greater appreciation for health care workers but also proved how critical these professionals are to the country’s well-being.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, health care
is the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. economy, employing over 18 million workers. This career cluster in Delaware alone has the most new jobs projected through 2026, making up 8.4 percent of the state’s total new jobs. Read more >
Return to Work Safely: PPE Kits Available
The Delaware Division of Small Business has shared PPE starter kits with us for our members filled with the necessary safety equipment to help you and your employees return to work safely.

There are 35 kits available. The kits include hand sanitizer, face coverings, and surface cleaner.  Contact Melissa Brayman to receive your PPE kit. They are first come, first served.

The Division has also prepared a number of printable signs for businesses to use to comply with reopening guidance relevant to their industry.  Download signs >
Governor John Carney on Monday signed Executive Order #39 , creating a Pandemic Resurgence Advisory Committee (PRAC) to plan for a potentially dangerous resurgence of COVID-19 in fall 2020.  

The PRAC will:
  • Develop a healthcare system and public health strategy that’s ready in case of a resurgence of COVID-19;
  • Identify tactics and resources to manage a resurgence of COVID-19 including, but not limited to testing capabilities, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, economic recovery and health facility readiness; and
  • Assess methods to protect vulnerable populations and consider disproportionate effects on minority-owned businesses in the event of a resurgence of COVID-19.

DSCC's chair of the board of directors, Katie Wilkinson will chair the business subcommittee. Read more >
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Digital Networking with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation

June 9, 2020
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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Child Care in a
Post-COVID-19 World

June 11, 2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Microsoft Teams Webinar
Putting Delawareans Back to Work: Economic Recovery in the First State

July 21, 2020
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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