Parents Returning to Work

Office for Children Helps Parents Returning to Work

In Fairfax County, a number of parents will reenter the workforce in September and October after having a child in August, the highest month for births in Fairfax County. These parents can contact the Fairfax County Office for Children for help with finding child care for their newborns, as well as other children in their families.

Each year about 12,000 women in Fairfax County give birth, and more babies are born in August in Fairfax County than in any other month. More than half of Fairfax County mothers of infants are in the labor force, and, according to the Census Bureau, almost 60 percent of women return to work within three months of childbirth.

“The Office for Children can help families find infant care close to home or work,” says Office for Children Director Anne-Marie Twohie.

There are more than 1,700 child care professionals in Fairfax County who have permits from the Office for Children to care for up to five children in their homes. Eighty-two percent of these professionals offer infant care.

“We also offer information on more than 500 state-licensed child care professionals who care for six to 12 children in their homes, and more than 300 child care centers,” Twohie explains.

Interested parents can call 703-449-8484, or search the child care database on the Office for Children’s website.


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