Fayetteville leaders to discuss emergency childcare options for essential employees

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CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) – Schools and many childcare centers are closed, but many parents still have to work and therefore need other childcare options.

“This is a challenge across the country,” said Cumberland County Health Director Dr. Jennifer Green.

Dr. Green is one of those parents juggling work and new childcare challenges.

“We certainly have our own staff that have challenges with childcare, haven’t been able to secure childcare and are at home.”

To help fill the gap, Fayetteville City Council will be talking about a proposal next week that would provide emergency childcare options for essential employees.

“I felt like as a council member that’s the least I can do is suggest that we open up facilities for our staff and other essential workers,” said Fayetteville City Council Member Courtney Banks-McLaughlin. “If you have to go to work you should be able to have childcare provided.”

She wants council to look at using facilities like the Kiwanis Rec Center as a temporary childcare option for those who need it.

“Just knowing that hey we are here for you guys, the least we can do is offer you some type of services for all the hard work and dedication that they’re doing in the city.”

As a mom of four, Banks-McLaughlin says she can relate to what parents are going through right now, and wants to help lighten the load.

“This is something that’s new to all of us, so it’s definitely very challenging but we have to work together as a community.”

The state has set up a hotline for people to call if they need urgent childcare resources.

The number is 1-888-600-1685.

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