Employer-Supported Child Care

Corporate Childcare

2001 interview with a single mother who is utilizing corporate on-site childcare at Toyota Corporation, USA, and with human resource and childcare center staff, who focus on the benefits of the program for both the employee and employer. (3 min., 49 sec.)

Regulations Prove Problematic for Employer-Provided Childcare

1998 interview with Ron Anderson of Anderson Fabrics, Blackduck, MN, who constructed a daycare facility for his 300 employees, only to be cited repeatedly for health, safety, and licensing violations. (4 min., 57 sec.)

Research and Action Come Together: A Dialogue with Boston College and Bristol-Myers

“In 1999, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) opened two eagerly anticipated onsite child care centers at its Lawrenceville and Plainsboro, New Jersey locations. The centers had been in the works for 18 months. The company’s research suggested that onsite child care would help employees feel better able to manage their work and family responsibilities while enhancing their commitment to the company. As an organization that values data, Bristol-Myers Squibb set out to measure the impact of the centers. With the Boston College Center for Work & Family, the company created surveys and asked 178 employees with children enrolled in onsite child care to fill them out when the centers opened, then twice more over the next two and a half years. A control group was surveyed as well at a BMS facility without onsite child care. The findings, issued at the end of 2001, not only proved BMS’s initial hypothesis, but revealed other benefits as well. BMS used those findings to gain support for two more onsite child care centers. The Sloan Work and Family Network’s monthly newsletter, the Network News, spoke with Stacey Gibson, Bristol-Myers Squibb Senior Director, Work/Life and Diversity Programs; and Leon Litchfield, Director of Research at the Boston College Center for Work and Family to learn how they bridged the gap between work/life research and practice, and what they learned from each other.”

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: 


Sloan Network (2009). Questions and answers about employer-supported child care: A Sloan Work and Family Research Network fact sheet. Chestnut Hill, MA: Boston College.

Child Care: employer-supported, assistance, private sector (2006)


According to the 2006 National Compensation Survey Employee Benefits in Private Industry in the United States, 15% of private-sector workers have access to employer assistance for child care. (U.S. Department of Labor, 2006, p. 28)


U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006). National compensation survey: Employee benefits in private industry in the United States. Washington, DC: Author.


“The sample for the National Compensation Survey (NCS) (Wages, Benefits, Compensation Cost Trends --Employment Cost Index (ECI) and Employment Costs for Employee Compensation (ECEC)) is selected using a three-stage design. The first stage involves the selection of areas. The NCS sample consists of 154 metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas that represent the Nation's 326 metropolitan statistical areas and the remaining portions of the 50 States. In the second stage, the sample of establishments is drawn by dividing the sample by industry and ownership. Each sample establishment is selected using a method of sampling called probability proportional to employment size. The third stage of sampling is a probability sample of occupations within a sampled establishment. This step is performed by the field economist during an interview with the respondent using a method called Probability Selection of Occupations (PSO). During this process, the field economist obtains a complete list of employees with each selected employee representing a job within the establishment. As with establishment selection, the selection of a job is based on probability proportional to its size in the establishment. The greater the number of people working in a particular job, the greater the job's chance of selection. The field economist selects a certain number of sample occupations depending on the size of the establishment.”

Child Care: employer-supported, back-up care, impact on absenteeism, cost/benefit (2005)


According to a 2005 study by media company Viacom, by offering its employees with high-quality back-up child care, Viacom saved employees 528 days of unscheduled absences, which resulted in a substantial savings in productivity costs for the company. (Bright Horizons, 2005, p. 2)


Bright Horizons Inc. (2005). Viacom: Case study. Watertown, MA: Bright Horizons.


Viacom conducted a survey of 310 employees with children who utilized the back-up child care centers. The focus of the survey was to assess the percentage of employees with children who utilized the back-up child care center and to see whether these employees would have missed work had the centers not been an option.

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