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

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/

CIBC Children’s Center: Case Study (2005)

Bright Horizons Inc. (2005). CIBC Children’s Center: Case study. Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Watertown, MA: Author.

“Success in the fast-paced financial services industry depends in large part on the quality and caliber of an organization’s employees. CIBC, a financial institution headquartered in Toronto, sought to become an employer of choice in Canada’s financial services industry by creating a supportive work environment that enables its employees to successfully integrate their work and personal responsibilities. One significant issue was finding child care solutions for those days when an employee’s regular child care arrangement broke down and the employee was forced to miss work in order to care for his or her child…After assessing the needs of its 3000 Toronto-based employees, CIBC decided to build a dedicated back-up child center capable of serving 41 children infant through school-age for the exclusive use of its own employees- the first center of its kind in Canada.”

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

Executive Briefing: Workplace Childcare At-a-Glance (2000)

Source: Spinks, N. (2000). Executive briefing: Workplace childcare at-a-glance. Retrieved November 30, 2006, from the Work-Life Harmony Enterprises website at http://www.worklifeharmony.ca/articles/workplacechildcare.pdf.

“Increasingly employers are exploring ways to create supportive work environments and resilient workforce by offering opportunities for employees to effectively manage their work and personal responsibilities and commitments….The following executive briefing is a broad overview of the issues and options surrounding workplace child care in Canada.”

To access this document, click here (PDF): http://www.worklifeharmony.ca/include/get.php?nodeid=88

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

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