United Way of Roanoke facing shortage in childcare workers amid pandemic

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ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Both Roanoke City and Roanoke County students enrolled in virtual learning due to the pandemic are still in need of help from childcare workers, but the demand is higher than the current supply.

United Way of the Roanoke Valley works to help match families in need of local childcare services. So far, more than 1,000 families have signed up through the “Smart2Start” portal, but there are still hundreds who haven’t been able to match with childcare workers because there aren’t enough workers to handle the new locations.

“Trying to find qualified workers is a challenge. Also, trying to manage working around the different schedules that are needed,” said Vivien McMahan, the vice president of Community Impact. “Again, childcare workers are 10 to 12 hour days and that’s hard to manage schedules for. They’re not always full time. Some of them are part time and many people are looking for full time work.”

Officials with United Way say they need at least 50 more workers for all the different programs with whom they partner. Training will be provided for individuals who are interested.

If you are interested in applying for a childcare position, you can sign up online with the YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge or the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Virginia. You can also contact United Way by calling (540) 777-4200, or contact Virginia Career Works by calling (540) 613-8220.

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