Our area’s population continues to grow at a staggering rate, and with minimal growth in child care providers, we have become a child care desert. Our speakers at January’s forum showed statistics, uncovered the why, and provided ideas to address our childcare needs. We urge you to continue the conversation and take action on this critical topic.

Ways you can engage?

  • Start talking more about childcare shortage at work. How many others are struggling?
  • Reach out to others outside the workplace and offer solutions.
  • Watch for legislation that addresses the child care shortage.
  • For those who can provide space, invest, or otherwise want to impact child care in the tri-county region, please contact Karen Prow, NeighborImpact Child Care Resource & Referral, 541-323-6557, karenp@neighborimpact.org.

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City Club thanks our moderator, Katy Brooks (Bend Chamber); Presenters: Kara Tachikawa (Inspire Learning Centers), Ryan Combellick (Hydro Flask), Carolyn Eagan (City of Bend), forum presenting sponsor Hydro Flask for helping create this important conversation.

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