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Rep. Sossamon Hosting Childcare Forum on May 23


GRANVILLE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION: Did you know that for every five families with infants or toddlers there is only one licensed childcare space in North Carolina? A lack of affordable and high-quality licensed childcare centers in North Carolina makes our state a childcare desert, which hinders the ability to grow and expand the local economy as workers face difficult childcare decisions and this critical step in early childhood education is often missed.


Granville County Government encourages attendance at the upcoming childcare forum scheduled for Thursday, May 23 at the Days Inn and Suites “Grand at Oxford” located at 913 Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Oxford. The event will consist of two sessions; the first beginning at 1:00 p.m. for those interested in starting or expanding a childcare site and a second session beginning at 6:00 p.m. for the general public. The event is hosted by Representative Frank Sossamon, who represents Granville and Vance counties in the North Carolina General Assembly.


Having affordable and high-quality childcare centers is critical to the economic development of Granville County as well as the well-being of its residents. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provided subsidies and funding for childcare centers that allowed them to stay open and profitable, allowing local workers to stay on the job. That funding has now lapsed and many childcare centers across North Carolina are faced with the need to either raise prices, making their services unaffordable for the average person, or close entirely. The May 23 forum will provide information on resources available in Granville County for childcare providers and those seeking childcare services.


“Initially, businesses may be intimidated by the thought of starting or expanding a childcare center, but this venture actually has the potential to boost morale, substantially reduce vacancies, reduce absenteeism and help with the pressing childcare shortage in our community,” according to Rep. Sossamon. “There are tools out there that are readily available to assist in the process and we want to be sure local businesses know how to utilize them.”


Forum partners include the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Franklin Granville Vance Smart Start, Granville County Chamber of Commerce, Small Business Center at Vance-Granville Community College, Granville County Department of Social Services, Childcare Services Association, and local child-care centers.


For more information, contact the Office of Rep. Frank Sossamon at 919-733-5824 or Clai.Keel@ncleg.gov.

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