Child care is at a premium in York County.
And that could have an effect on employment.
Some 6,800 children did not have access to high-quality child care even before the pandemic, according to York County Economic Alliance development chief Silas Chamberlain. That number has increased significantly to about 10,000 during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Those stats are used by a lot of organizations to simply say ‘We need to get those children into high-quality child care for their own education and for their growth as individuals’,” he said. “But obviously the second piece of that is if there’s not high-quality child care, then the people who are providing that care at home can’t return to the workforce.”
While it’s not known how many people have left the workforce locally due to lack of child care, nationally nearly 3 million women have left the…