The SLO Chamber is proud to partner with First 5 San Luis Obispo County and a coalition of community, business and government leaders to address our local child care crisis. The We Are the Care Initiative believes that the suggested supportive practices increase organizational productivity AND support the physical and emotional health of employees and their families. 


Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit

The Family-Friendly Workplace Toolkit is designed to help employers large and small assess current business practices, identify opportunities for change, explore the benefits of family-friendly workplaces, and find the right size solutions for their business and their employees.


Child care survey results

Want to stand out from the crowd in attracting and retaining quality employees? Offer child care-related benefits to working parents.

That’s the key takeaway from a survey of working parents showing that childcare in San Luis Obispo County is nearly impossible to find — and prohibitively expensive if you do.

Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents believe their employers could do more to help them address child care needs. That’s a critical finding in light of several parents who indicated that they switched jobs or left the workforce entirely because of child care challenges.

Survey results | Good for families = good for business


Five recommendations in five minutes

First 5 SLO County Executive Director Wendy Wendt talks about top ways businesses can help facilitate work and family balance for their employees, and why businesses benefit from family friendly workplace.