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, workplace policies, prevalence (2005)


According to a 2005 study on parenting in the workplace, “Despite the frequent occurrence of children in the workplace in these businesses, few (11%) had written policies governing the practice although most (68%) had unwritten guidelines that were understood by employees” (Secret, 2005, p. 338).


Secret, M. (2005). Parenting in the workplace: Child care options for consideration. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 41(3), 326-347.


“The purposive sample used for this exploratory study consisted of 55 organizations that reported a parenting in the workplace experience and 67 organizations that reported no experiences with the practice (non-PIW). The study sample was developed in the following way. First, a random sample of 7,000 businesses in the state of Ohio was drawn specifically for the study by the Ohio Bureau of Employment Services (OBES). Practical and methodological reasons limited the study to one state, and Ohio was chosen because of the state’s proximity to the researcher and because the socioeconomic and marketplace make-up of the state approximates that of the country. A sample size of 7,000 was chosen because it seemed large enough to generate a moderate size sample based on an arbitrary but conservative estimate of 1% of businesses likely to report some type of parenting in the workplace practice…65% of the 7,000 businesses were small businesses ( less than 100 employees), 28% were medium businesses (100-499 employees), and 7% were large businesses (500 or more).”

Child Care: employer-supported, on-site, employee alternatives (2002)


According to a 2002 study on employer-supported on-site child care, “eighteen percent of the users of the Action (on-site daycare) center report having a zero-cost alternative available to them; at Bell, the corresponding number is 42.9 percent” (Connelly, DeGraff, & Willis, 2002, p. 250).


Connelly, R., DeGraff, D., & Willis, R. (2002). If you build it, they will come: Parental use of on-site child care centers. Population Research and Policy Review, 21(3), 241- 273.


“The employees represented by our data work for one of three light manufacturing firms in the same industry in a small city in the Southeast of the United States. The vast majority of production workers in this industry are women. Two of the firms, Action Industries and Bell Manufacturing, offer-onsite child care to employees while the third, Central Products, does not….We interviewed approximately 60 percent of the Action Industries workers of about 600, 75 percent of the Bell Manufacturing workforce of about 300, and 65 percent of the Central Products workforce of about 640.” 

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