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Survey issued to gauge child care availability in Missoula

MISSOULA – The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce has been working over the past several months to determine the need for child care in the community.

The group recently released a community survey to help research issues and needs surrounding child care.

Employers are telling the chamber that the lack of available and affordable care hinders employees’ ability to work regular hours and come back to work after childbirth.

The survey covers a range of issues including pricing, child age and time and location of child care needed for parents and expecting parents.

Director of Government Affairs and Communications Clint Burson says child care is a necessity for working families.

“Whether it’s getting people back in the workforce or just allowing those parents to do what they want to do. Whether it’s get back to work or go to school or do anything, it’s an important community need and it’s one that we’ve heard is a big need and is a growing need”

The survey will be available online through Jan. 1 and the chamber hopes the data will help improve child care services.

Click here for a link to the survey.

 -Katie Miller reporting for MTN News

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