Employer-Supported Child Care

Employer-Supported Child Care

Compiled by Jason Dobbs

Topic Page Advisor:
Rachel Connelly, Ph.D.

A Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Employer-Supported Child Care (2009)

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network has prepared Fact Sheets which provide statistical answers to some important questions about work-family and work/life issues.

Click here to download the Sloan Network Fact Sheet on Employer-Supported Child Care: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/ESCC.pdf

National Child Care Information Center: Employer-Supported Child Care (n.d.)

This 10-page overview from the National Child Care Information Center includes statistics from research reports on the potential benefits of employer-supported child care for parents, children, and employers as well as a list of organizations doing work on this topic.

To access the report: http://www.nncc.org/EO/nccic.employercc.doc.pdf

Lasting Impact of Employer-Sponsored Child Care (2008)

Consulting Practice at Bright Horizons. (2008). The lasting impact of employer-sponsored child care. Watertown, MA; Author. Retrieved June 8, 2009 from http://www.brighthorizons.com/lastingimpact/resources/lasting_impact_slick.pdf

This two-page brief highlights the main findings from the 2008 Consulting Practice at Bright Horizons report The Lasting Impact of Employer-Sponsored Back-Up Care.

Effective Workplace Series (EWS), 2007 (Updated 2009), Issue 8: Employer-Supported Child Care

By: Judi Casey, MSW and Jason Dobbs

The Effective Workplace Series (EWS) was designed to provide a summary of the Sloan Network's topic pages.

Please click here to download: https://workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/sites/workfamily.sas.upenn.edu/files/imported/pdfs/EWS_ESCC.pdf

Quality Child Care: A Guide for Working Parents (n.d.)

From the Labor Project for Working Families and the California Federation of Teachers.

“The California Federation of Teachers and Labor Project for Working Families recently surveyed parents like you on your concerns around child care. This guide contains those results, facts around child development, community resources to help you find child care, and ways your union can negotiate child care in your contract.”  This report gives working families information on:

  • Care needs for children at different ages
  • How to find quality child care
  • How unions can address child care needs of members
  • How working families can make a difference

Note:  While the community resources listed in this publication are California-specific, other information contained in the guide is general and relevant for all working parents.

Publication funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

To access this document: http://www.working-families.org/organize/pdf/childcare_guide.pdf

For more information on the Labor Project for Working Families: http://www.working-families.org

Bristol-Myers Squibb On-Site Child Care Center Assessment (2001)

Source: Boston College Center for Work and Family (2001). Bristol-Myers Squibb on-site child care center assessment. (Final Report). Chestnut Hill, MA: Author.

“In March 1999, Bristol-Myers Squibb opened two on-site child care facilities in Lawrenceville and Plainsboro, New Jersey. These sites had been under development for approximately eighteen months, and employees were eagerly anticipating the opening of the Centers. For the past two and a half years, the Boston College Center for Work and Family has assessed the impact of enrolling children in these centers on Bristol-Myers Squibb employees. Since the purpose of this evaluation was to document all effects, whether positive, neutral, or negative, the report will be organized according to these three different types of impacts.”

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Childcare on Board, Regional Review: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (2000)

Source: McIntyre, L. (2000). Childcare on board. Regional Review: The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 10(3): 8-15. Retrieved February 23, 2007, from http://www.bos.frb.org/economic/nerr/rr2000/q3/daycare.htm


This article surveys the business case for on-site daycare. The author looks at the experiences of businesses who have implemented on-site daycare and describes the potential benefits and financial consequences. The challenges smaller businesses face in implementing on-site daycare is also discussed. The author recognizes that most businesses face the barrier of on-site child care being outside their primary expertise and finds the use of back-up care centers as a viable alternative.

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Work Options Group 2005 Year-End Utilization Report (2005)

Work Options Group. (2005). 2005 year-end utilization report. Superior, CO: Author.

“Backup Care Options is the most comprehensive, fully-integrated backup care program available. It reduced absenteeism, increase productivity, provides a uniform benefit for every employee, and boosts morale by offering solutions that help employees balance work and family responsibilities. As the leading backup care program, Backup Care Options enables more than 400,000 employees throughout the U.S. and Canada to get to work when they experience temporary breakdowns in their child, adult and elder care arrangements.”

For more information on the organization credited with producing this brief, click here: http://www.workoptionsgroup.com/

Backup Child Care: Canada’s New Employee Benefit: Alternative to Investing in Full-time Regular Child Care Centres (2004)

Spinks, N. & Marvin, J. (2004, November). Backup child care: Canada’s new employee benefit: Alternative to investing in full-time regular child care centres. Canadian HR Reporter. Retrieved Nov 22, 2006, from the Work-Life Harmony Enterprises website at http://www.worklifeharmony.ca/htdocs/htdocs/articles/BackupChildcareBenefit.pdf

“Over the past decade, progressive Canadian employers have been providing benefits to help parents balance their work and family responsibilities. According to Human Resources and Skills Developlment Canada, the number of employer-supported child care centres in Canada nearly doubled between 1991 and 2000. Yet the majority if employers are still reluctant to get involved with child care benefits. What can be done to improve the situation? The answer is backup child care, which offers employers the ability to effectively and affordably support working parents.”

To access this document, click here (PDF): http://www.worklifeharmony.ca/include/get.php?nodeid=35

For more information on the organization credited for producing this brief, click here: http://www.worklifeharmony.ca/

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