Earn It Goal 6
Workers find the reliable, convenient, affordable and appropriate child and dependent care they need to maintain a job.

Common Sense
  • Without reliable and convenient child care, workers either cannot hold a job or suffer excess absenteeism that leads to job loss.
  • In rural places, where workers often must travel long distances at odd hours for living wage jobs, finding child care that works with work can be an even greater challenge.
  • It is difficult for small child care businesses to succeed in rural areas, where the number of potential customers is fewer, making revenue less, and thus making it tough to cover the costs of meeting all the regulatory requirements.

Fast Facts

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The Business Case for Helping Rural Families Get Ahead

PBS Special on Working Bridges

Doing business in smaller communities requires finding good employees from a smaller pool of workers. Retaining those good employees can be the difference between profits and loss, or between staying put and relocating.  So why, many rural employers wonder, do their businesses experience such high turnover in the ranks of their low-to-moderate wage workforce? Isn’t […]

How much does it cost for a business to replace an employee?

The Center for American Progress conducted a review of 30 academic studies that approximated the cost of replacing a worker who left the job due to firing or quitting. Their review concluded that the cost of replacing a worker averages around 10% to 30% of the worker’s annual salary. In other words, not having to […]

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