City Club January Forum: KIDS & CARE: Central Oregon’s Childcare Crisis


The lack of viable childcare options in Central Oregon is hitting us right in our economic pocketbook. There is one available slot for every three children who need care in Deschutes County. Along with the labor shortage across all industries, the lack of childcare is adding to the difficulty for employers in hiring talent. Businesses report higher levels of absenteeism and employees stressed by the ever-changing childcare landscape. Parents who are struggling to re-enter the workforce are unable to do so because childcare options are either not available or affordable.

Multiple factors are contributing to our lack of childcare resources. Our panel will discuss the challenges faced by families and employers due to the lack of affordable childcare option and discuss the obstacles and opportunities in opening more high-quality childcare centers in Central Oregon.


Katy Brooks, Bend Chamber

Where: Riverhouse on the Deschutes Convention Center
2850 NW Rippling River Court • Bend, OR 97701

  • Kara Tachikawa, Inspire Early Learning Centers
  • Ryan Combellick, Hydroflask
  • Carolyn Eagan, City of Bend

When: Thursday, January 17
11:15-11:45am Networking
11:45am-1pm Program

Cost: $25 members / $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

To register, please visit or call 541-633-7163. Registration closes at noon on Monday, January 14. Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.

About City Club of Central Oregon
City Club of Central Oregon exists to be the top-of-mind hub for citizens and community leaders. We intentionally shape our community and influence public policy while preserving our uniquely warm and connected culture. We champion “passionately non-partisan” discussion between diverse perspectives.



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