Affiliation Between Jackson County Child Care Network and Family Friendly Workplaces Aims to Strengthen Children, Families, and Employers
Black River Falls, Wisconsin – A program designed to strengthen children and families while
helping employers find and keep employees is coming to Jackson County.
The Jackson County Child Care Network (JCCCN) and Family Friendly Workplaces (FFW)
announced their new affiliation to the first-annual JCCCN gala in Black River Falls. The
affiliation will bring the Family Friendly Workplaces Employer Certification Program to Jackson
“Employers in Jackson County face a difficult labor market,” said Neil Kline, Executive Director
of FFW. “Our program is designed to be a stamp of excellence which can help employers recruit
and retain staff today, while also enlisting their help in addressing the county’s long-term
Jackson County has been experiencing a shrinking workforce since 2015, a dynamic that is
projected to continue through at least 2040.
“This program is an excellent opportunity for employers to differentiate themselves from other
employers in the region while building a stronger childcare infrastructure in Jackson County,”
said Marianne Torkelson, Chair of JCCCN.
The program will also directly benefit child care in Jackson County. FFW-certified employers are
required to make an annual contribution to a nonprofit that supports families. Under the
affiliation, employers in Jackson County will have their conduit contribution automatically
directed to the JCCCN. This funding will then be used by JCCCN to support child care providers
in Jackson County.
“Child care is critical to a strong workforce not only now but in the future. Our program gives
employers an avenue to directly support child care providers, and by extension help
themselves,” said Kline.
To learn more about the Family Friendly Workplaces certification and the affiliation between
FFW and JCCCN, visit their website at http://www.jcchildcarenetwork.org or