First meeting of Child Care Collaborative Task Force is Tuesday, July 10
The first meeting of the legislatively created Child Care Collaborative Task Force is Tuesday, July 10. The task force, directed to examine the effects of child care affordability and accessibility on the workforce and on businesses, will meet at the Federal Way Community Center from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. This meeting is open to the public. The Federal Way Community Center is located at 876 S 333rd St., Federal Way, WA 98003.
Two background reports have been shared with the task force members. Links to these reports are included below.
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce Report: “Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare” – Explores the connection between investing in high-quality childcare today and strengthening today’s and tomorrow’s workforce for businesses.
- Child Care Aware of America: 2017 Report, Parents and the High Cost of Child Care – Outlines separately the costs of care for infants, toddlers, and school-aged children during the school year and during the summer months to better understand the impact on families, child development, and businesses.
Agenda and Topics
11 a.m. Task Force Meeting – Welcome by Brian Bonlender, Commerce director and video welcome by Gov. Jay Inslee
11 a.m. Interview of State Representative Kristine Reeves, sponsor of SHB2367, creating the task force
11:35 a.m. Working lunch onsite
12:20 p.m. The current state of childcare — Panel discussion from experts
1:05 p.m. How will the task force work together? Interaction about setting up the effort for success
1:30 p.m. Challenges and opportunities —Preliminary thoughts about the scope of the task force’s work
2 p.m. Workgroups—Identify key questions to form workgroups
2:45 p.m. Closing activities and next steps
3 p.m. Adjourn