Lucy Dunn, a champion for local business as the CEO and president of Orange County Business Council, wrote an op-ed in the Orange County Business Journal titled, “We Ignore Orange County’s Child Care Crisis at Our Collective Peril.”
Dunn heavily relied on statistics from First 5 Orange County’s latest report, “Child Care and Its Impact on Orange County’s Economy,” to build her argument that employers needed to join advocacy groups, child care providers and families in finding solutions.
An excerpt from the op-ed:
Indeed, the dual reports underscore an urgent need for a targeted, all-hands-on-deck, community-wide commitment that truly addresses the growing crisis once and for all. In order for this effort to be successful, all sectors of our community must get involved—employers, city and county leaders, business organizations, family advocacy groups, child care providers, schools and families.
When we in Orange County put our collective minds to a critical task, it gets done. Right now, more than ever, local businesses, employees and families need a healthy dose of that shared sense of purpose, especially as the economy recovers from the pandemic.
Read the full op-ed below: