Bedford County community members work to address child care shortages


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BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) – A town committee comprised of community members is working to address a child care shortage in Bedford County.*

The committee held a meeting Wednesday after reporting the results from Bedford County’s child care survey last year. The survey results showed 108 families are currently on a waitlist for child care.

The survey also showed 95% of businesses experience employees missing work or showing up late because of child care demands.

The Bedford Area Resource Council Child Care Committee chair explained the shortage of child care options is putting a strain on working families.

”If you’ve ever tried to work from home with a preschooler running around, you understand how hard that really is,” Holly Layne said. “We would just love to have opportunities for kids to be able to go and experience really quality interactions.”

The goal of the committee is to work to create more options for families in Bedford County. Members from the Bedford Area Resource Council, Bedford County of Economic Development, Bedford County Department of Social Services, United Way of Central Virginia, Bedford County Public Schools, Human Kind, Bedford YMCA, LynCag and Headstart are on the committee.

*A previous version of this story stated the committee was comprised of community members and town officials. It has since been updated for clarity.


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