Moving Forward Together: Childcare Issues and Resources

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Moving Forward Together: Childcare Issues and Resources in the Capital Region


Join us for this FREE public event as we tackle the topic of childcare impacts on employers, families, educators, and communities across the Capital region.

Event Highlights

Attendees will walk away with information about:

  • Childcare deserts and how they affect working families.
  • Childcare provider training, recruitment, and retention issues.
  • How family-friendly workplaces can contribute to employee retention and a positive culture.


Our panel discussion will discuss family-friendly workplaces, childcare recruitment and retention, and universal access for families.

Keynote speaker:

  • Gary Burris, Child Care Action Council

Panel speakers:

  • Shelly Willis, Executive Director of Family Education and Support Service
  • Melody Furze, Early Learning Education Specialist and Child Find Coordinator
  • Anne Rothert, ESD 113 Community Liason serving Grays Harbor County
  • Mary Rulewicz, Early Learning Coordinator at Timberland Regional Library


When: Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 4:30–6 pm

Where: Virtual Zoom event | Zoom link will be emailed to registrants prior to the event