Today, as a part of International Women’s Day, United Way of Greater Greensboro celebrates women.
We should be proud our city’s historical role in advancing the status of women. Greensboro was the champion of North Carolina for educating women of all races, long before women and minorities were legally recognized as equal citizens. Read more about Greensboro’s role in the history of women in North Carolina.
We celebrate the achievements our community has made to improve women’s equality. We remain vigilant and tenacious for further sustainable change.
The advancement of women is of prime importance to the economy, business, and society. United Way of Greater Greensboro and many community partners are working to improve our local economy by focusing on family economic success.
One of the significant challenges to becoming stable and self-sufficient is the affordability of child care. Safe, affordable, quality child care allows parents to obtain and retain a job. It also helps children develop in a healthy manner and ultimately start school ready to succeed. Access to affordable child care is essential for a strong economy.[i]
Many families in Greensboro are fortunate to have access to child care subsidies and scholarships from government and charitable sources, like United Way. However, working families and families that have a parent attending post-secondary school are often on waiting lists for 1 to 2 years before their family becomes eligible to apply. At any given point there are 2500+ children on the waiting lists in our area to receive help. [iv]
In honor of International Women’s Day, take this opportunity to share this story with a woman who wants to make a difference in her community. Then, consider making an online donation to United Way of Greater Greensboro to help us continue providing child care scholarships and addressing the challenge of affordable child care.
Click here to read more about our state’s child care subsidy program.
Click here to go to child care subsidy fact sheets for each NC county.
Click here to read more about our community partner, Guilford Child Development’s, child care scholarship program.
[i] Child Care Aware® of America (2012, September 11). Helping Parents Find Affordable, Quality Child Care is Critical to the Economy. Retrieved from: http://www.naccrra.org/news-room/press-releases/2012/9/helping-parents-find-affordable-quality-child-care-is-critical-to-th
[ii] Laughlin, L./U.S. Census Bureau (2010). Who’s Minding the Kids? Child Care Arrangements: Spring 2005 and Summer 2006. Retrieved from: http://www.census.gov/prod/2010pubs/p70-121.pdf
[iii] NCRCCR&R ‘s database as of 6/30/09 (based on licensed programs) as cited in Guilford Child Development (2011). 2010 Child Care in the Guilford County. Retrieved from: http://guilfordchilddev.org/docs/rccrr/rccrr-childcare-stats-guilford-county.pdf
[iv] J. Fairley, personal communication, March 5, 2013 / D. Hill, personal communication, February 28, 2013