NEW HAMPSHIRE has consistently been a great state to open a business and to raise a family, but as any parent of young children knows, the difficulty of accessing affordable and reliable child care is threatening the precarious balance of industry and family needs. The child care crisis is putting pressure on both employers and employees who are parents, particularly mothers of young children, in a bind.

The child care crisis looks like this: child care centers are struggling to hire and retain employees. This limits their legal capacity to make spots available for more children. If child care centers raise employee pay, that cost will be passed onto families. Thus, parents either can’t find child care spaces available or the rates are unaffordable. Businesses then struggle to hire employees because many potential employees don’t have child care.

Portsmouth’s Tanna Clews is CEO of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation and Michael Skelton is president and CEO of the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire. He lives in Bedford.

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