Resources for Business


Today more than ever, businesses need employees who are prepared to succeed in the labor market. But the current workforce pipeline is not sufficient.

Research shows that investments in quality early learning programs have impressive economic outcomes. Quality early learning programs have been shown to immediately generate about $2 for every $1 dollar invested, through the sale of local goods and services. In the long-term, early learning can reduce crime, increase college graduation, and decrease negative health outcomes. All of this leads to a return on investment of $7 to $14 for every $1 dollar invested.
What can businesses do?


Tell your elected officials and the media about the value of early childhood investments.

Adopt Family Friendly Business Practices

Juggling a career and family isn’t easy. Businesses that recognize this and create policies and practices that support their employees are shown to have a more productive and reliable workforce. There are a variety of steps you can take to being family friendly. Some ideas include: onsite child care, flexible work schedules, providing a comfortable lactation room, providing early learning information to employees, or setting up family support groups.


Join the Dialogue

The Children's Council of Skagit County is a community of people who are working together to empower and enrich the lives of young children and their families in Skagit County. Be part of the dialogue and share your ideas and expertise, by joining the Children's Council. This team is made up of business people, agencies, and community members who want to think together about how to make our community a better place. Click here for more information.

Click here to donate to the Children’s Council of Skagit County – your donation will help make sure the early learning movement remains vibrant and robust.


Employers should be aware of United States Division of Labor, Section 7® of the Fair Labor Standards Act – Break Time for Nursing Mothers Provision.


Effective March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act amended the FLSA to require employers to provide a nursing mother reasonable break time to express breast milk after the birth of her child. The amendment also requires that employers provide a place for an employee to express breast milk.

Section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (29 U.S.C. 207) is amended by adding at the end the following:


1. An employer shall provide a reasonable break time for an employee to express breast milk for her nursing child for 1 year after the child’s birth each time such employee has need to express the milk; and a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from coworkers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk.

2. An employer shall not be required to compensate an employee receiving reasonable break time under paragraph for any work time spent for such purpose.


3. An employer that employs less than 50 employees shall not be subject to the requirements of this subsection, if such requirements would impose an undue hardship by causing the employer significant difficulty or expense when considered in relation to the size, financial resources, nature, or structure of the employer’s business.

4. Nothing in this subsection shall preempt a State law that provides greater protections to employees than the protections provided for under this subsection.


If you are interested in seeing an example of a lactation space, contact Lyndie at or 360.854.7176.

For more information go to:

Link to A Family-Friendly Work Environment Is a Powerful Recruiting and Retention Tool:

Link to information for Washington Child Care Collaborative Task Force: