OFC News Release - New Moms Face Hard Choices in August


In Fairfax County, more babies are born in August than at any other time of the year. Working parents adding children to their families this month have a difficult decision to make: will they be able to find child care that will allow both parents to go back to work?

In Fairfax County, 56 percent of households with children 12 years-old or younger have both parents working outside the home. The demand for child care continues to grow as a result of the county's low unemployment rate and high cost of living. Among children from working families, 73 percent are regularly cared for by someone other than a parent.

Parents without dependable child care can become worried and distracted employees who, despite their best efforts, end up repeatedly missing work or dropping out of the workforce altogether.

The Office for Children helps reduce employee stress by helping parents find care for their children. For more information about child care providers in Fairfax County, call the Office for Children at 703-449-8484, or search the online database.

 


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