Rise to the Challenge
The Pennsylvania Chamber is embarking on the second phase of its bold, collaborative economic resurgence initiative that will create a framework to foster long-term economic growth and equality of opportunity in the Commonwealth.
A Prosperous Future
The Pennsylvania Chamber’s second phase of our bold, collaborative economic resurgence initiative is focused on positioning our state to achieve long-term growth.
By surveying the employers and citizens of this Commonwealth and relying on fact-based data, we are embarking on a multi-tiered strategy for improving the state’s competitive position, increasing infrastructure investment and strengthening the Commonwealth’s workforce.
Through these efforts we’re helping to ensure that Pennsylvania can become – and remain – a global hub for innovation, investment and opportunity for all.
Together, we can own our future.
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Keeping Our Communities Safe
Throughout the pandemic, the PA Chamber has promoted the most up-to-date guidance from the CDC and the PA Department of Health on how businesses can keep the people in their communities healthy. This includes masking, social distancing, proper sanitization and, most importantly, vaccination – which is proven safe and effective and is the only way the world can fully move past this pandemic and into a
Offering Flexibility in Addressing Childcare Challenges
The closure of childcare centers and schools as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic presented unprecedented challenges for employers and workers alike. From the start, the PA Chamber recognized the exodus of parents from the workforce (particularly women and women of color) to care for their children and urged business owners to be as flexible as possible with their employees when addressing these challenges.
Our latest effort has been a collaboration with the PA Early Learning Investment Commission and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania on a report that showcases the impact of childcare issues and the workforce and provides actionable solutions for addressing these challenges.
General Guidelines & Resources for PA Businesses
Among the key report findings:
- Many employers have a workforce with moderate to high childcare needs.
- While flexible work schedules and remote work arrangements are the most common solutions, Pennsylvania employers currently employ various strategies to assist with childcare.
- During the pandemic, childcare emerged as one of the more significant reasons employers believe they lost employees.
- Most employers offered additional childcare supports during the pandemic to meet labor needs, with 41 percent planning to keep those supports in place after the pandemic ends.
- There is strong interest among employers of all business sizes to support working families with childcare needs – most employers see it as a way to improve retention, recruitment, productivity and reputation.
As we move beyond the pandemic into a brighter economic future, our organization continues to encourage employer flexibility regarding childcare, as it is critical toward “Bringing PA Back” and providing opportunities for those who made the difficult decision to leave the workforce when the pandemic began.
Additional Efforts to Address Childcare Challenges
- In February 2021, the PA Chamber joined business advocates nationwide in signing a coalition letter to Congressional leaders, urging them to invest significantly in the country’s childcare system in the FY21 Budget Reconciliation Bill.
- A U.S. Chamber Foundation webinar explored this issue in depth.
- Early Learning Investment Commission/United Way of Pennsylvania Childcare Report Summary