Roundtable Offers Opportunity to Discuss Somerset County’s Child Care ShortagePosted on March 28, 2022
Somerset, PA (March 24, 2022) – Somerset County is designated as a child care desert. There is not enough care available to support the children and families who need it. Many local child care programs have waiting lists, some of them a hundred children long. A lack of child care limits local families and keeps capable people out of the workforce. It is also stifling the growth of our local economy. Employers cannot find workers to fill open jobs. Ron Aldom, Executive Director of the Somerset County Chamber stated; “Lack of workforce has become the number one issue facing all our industries in Somerset County and the surrounding region, so anything we can do to improve this situation is a necessity. Lack of affordable and accessible childcare is one of the reasons for this shortage, so we hope you can join us as we look for viable solutions to this problem.”
Locally, 2,620 children aged 5 and under need care. The county’s 25 child care providers have a capacity of 1,171 slots for infants, toddlers, and young school-age children. This leaves nearly 1,500 children unserved, according to data collected on the problem. Together, we can address this troubling issue.
The Somerset County Chamber of Commerce and The Learning Lamp are inviting local employers, public officials, and child care providers to review the data and work together to develop possible solutions. A child care roundtable discussion will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2022. Check-in and a light breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. with the roundtable discussion starting at 8 a.m. The event will be held at the ServPro Meeting Room, 373 South Pleasant Ave., Somerset, PA.
Registration prior to the event is requested. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 814-445-6431.
The Learning Lamp is a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage all children in the support they need to succeed. We deliver high quality programs that are affordable and accessible to families of all income levels. In 2020, The Learning Lamp served 28,938 youth/adults from 51 public school districts and 36 other schools and organizations in 13 Pennsylvania counties.
Our programs include: child care and preschool, after school programs, tutoring, SAT prep, school staffing, alternative education programs for at-risk students, online learning, credit recovery, drug and alcohol prevention programs, and grant writing and project consulting for schools.