Childcare: The Workforce Behind the Workforce

December 7, 2023 @ 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Employers Invited to Free Workshop on “Childcare: The Workforce Behind the Workforce” by Chester County Economic Development Council 

 The Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is inviting employers to a free workshop and breakfast on options for addressing employee childcare. 

 Childcare staffing shortages and extensive waitlists continue to affect families and employers, resulting in employee absences, scheduling conflicts and frustration.  

The panel discussion and roundtable called “Childcare: The Workforce Behind the Workforce” will be held on Thursday, December 7th at Delaware County Community College-Downingtown Campus with a free continental breakfast and networking starting at 7:30 a.m. The program is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  

The interactive presentation featuring a panel of industry experts will share their key experiences and insights for creating and delivering tangible action-focused childcare solutions that benefit both employees and employers. Register at 

  In Pennsylvania, 68% of children age six and under are in need of childcare, and families typically spend 11-20% of their income on those costs. Thursday’s panel discussion will explore employer options for supporting employee childcare, followed by a roundtable on innovative childcare infrastructure solutions. 

 "Labor shortages and challenges were the centerpiece of CCEDC’s Workforce Summit held last spring, said Patti VanCleave, CCEDC Vice President of Workforce Development. “All of us at CCEDC view it as our mission to bring together employers to alleviate this workforce crisis together.”  

 Register for this free event at 

For more information, contact Denise Hammel at 



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