Take Child Care Survey For Parents, Businesses to Close Service Gaps on San Juan Island
From the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center
In November 2020, the Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center received a Childcare Partnership Grant from the Washington Department of Commerce to conduct a community-wide assessment of child care needs and create an action plan to improve capacity.
Options include infant and toddler care, longer child care hours during the week, increased summertime care, evening hours and more.
The resource center has two surveys to help create the plan: one for parents and one for businesses.
Date nights? No sitter.
Work part-time? Who will take care of my kids?
Pick up that extra shift? Where will my baby go?
These are just a few of the challenges we’ve heard from parents on the island and we are looking to help with solutions.
Complete a survey about child care to help San Juan Island organizations better understand our community needs, the resources available and the services that are still needed so we can work together to fulfill the need. There are no risks to you for participating in this study.
Have you ever had problems staffing your business because employees could not find child care?
Our hopes are for different organizations, local businesses, schools and proprietors to consider serving as a collaborative partner by agreeing to participate in the employer and business survey.
Take the business survey through mid-May here: www.surveymonkey.com/
The child care assessment will run until June 2021 and our goal is to explore how our community can create safe child care options to meet the needs of families.
The San Juan Island Community Foundation is a key stakeholder and is very supportive of this work.
The grant guidelines strongly emphasize that successful projects should be highly collaborative, and your participation would be a wonderful benefit to the success of the project.