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COMMUNITY: COMMUNITY PARTNERS
To solve the issues facing Lancaster County it requires business and community leaders at the
table sharing ideas, discussing opportunities and finding solutions. This article demonstrates
how business professionals and community members collaboratively leveraged their assets
to solve a problem affecting our local community. While this solution helped address the
immediate problem, it's also having lasting effects that will help both our future workforce and
our quality of life prosper.
Imagine, for a moment, the desperation of a parent who is
forced to leave her young child unsupervised in the school
yard in the early hours before the building opens so she
can get to work on time. Then consider the struggle it is to
remain focused and productive at work knowing she had
to put her child's safety at great risk. She could be your
employee or co-worker, or perhaps you find yourself facing
this daily dilemma.
A HARSH REALITY
According to former Fulton Elementary School Principal, Dr.
Jill Martin, "[Parents] share their stories in tears with me at the
beginning of the year - mom has to be at work at 7 a.m. No
one is at home. She can't afford the other child care options.
The concern and anxiety about how to be sure their child
safely arrives at school is overwhelming."
Many Lancaster County families face this challenge -
insufficient finances and other unfortunate circumstances
force them to make hard decisions. While some families
may qualify for assistance to help cover child care costs,
many families in our community make just enough money
to disqualify them for social services yet not enough to
pay for necessities like child care. The demand for quality,
affordable child care in Lancaster County far exceeds the
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