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Survey now open: What are child care challenges for working families?

Arizona’s early childhood agency, First Things First (FTF), wants to hear from working families about the challenges they face with child care for young children age 5 and under.

FTF created a short survey and is asking Arizona employers, big and small, to encourage their employees to fill it out.

“One way to get a better understanding of how the child care crisis is impacting businesses is to ask employees,” said FTF CEO Melinda Morrison Gulick.

Any working family can take the survey here: surveymonkey.com/r/mychildcare

Early childhood partners are asked to share the survey with families they work with.

Arizona’s economy loses $1.77 billion annually due to child care challenges, according to a 2021 report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Research also shows employees who can’t find child care may be forced to miss work or may eventually have to quit their jobs.

Gulick is meeting with chambers of commerce and other business and economic development organizations across the state encouraging employers to share the survey with their employees.

“We’re asking employers to share the survey with their employees with young children to get a better understanding of challenges, needs and preferences of a family’s caregiving situation,” Gulick said.

In November, FTF will share the results of the survey at a leadership forum focused on the current crisis in child care because of workforce shortages and other challenges. 

Again, working families are encouraged to take the survey here: surveymonkey.com/r/mychildcare

About First Things First


First Things First is Arizona’s early childhood agency, committed to the healthy development and learning of young children from birth to age 5. Learn more about early childhood programs at FirstThingsFirst.org.

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