Helping Your Employees Find Child Care

 
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Many employers are realizing that providing child care assistance or benefits to their employees: 
  • Lowers absenteeism
  • Increases productivity
  • Improves employee morale
  • Enhances corporate image 
 
The St. Lawrence Child Care Council can assist employers by providing: 
  • Referrals for employees to area child care programs
  • On-site information provided to employees regarding child care, paying for child care and child development topics
  • Child Care Program Information: characteristics of quality child care, types of programs available in St. Lawrence County
  • Assistance to start an employer driven child care program
  • Employee child care needs assessment  
 
 
Resources for Employers
 
On-Site Presentations:
Staff of the St. Lawrence Child Care Council will come to your workplace and speak with employees about finding and selecting quality child care. 
 
Fliers and Brochures:
Remind your employees help is available in their search for quality child care and your company cares enough to make that help available.  The St. Lawrence Child Care Council brochure is perfect for the employee break room, common area, or HR office to help your employee parents find quality child care.  
 
Why Should Employers Care
The Relationship Between Productivity and Working Parents
 
A quick glance why employers should consider the child care needs of their employees.
 
20 Profitable Strategies for Employers
 
Ideas most employers can implement with little or no expense to help employees with young children.
 
SAMPLE:  Employee Break Room Flyer
 
This is a sample of a simple tear off sheet employers can make available for employees.  We can create flyers unique to your business just like this if you wish.
 
 
Check out these great articles from the world of business ...
 
Action Steps for Business Leaders
Committee for Economic Development (CED) - May 2021
Expanding access to quality child care is an economic development and growth strategy, an investment in our future workforce, a taxpayer savings strategy and a way to give all children an equitable start in life.  Nobel Laureate James Heckman most recent research found every dollar spent on high quality birth - 5 programs for disadvantaged  children delivers a 13% annual return on investment.
 
Why Should Employers Care: Relationship Between Productivity & Working Parents
A brief summary compiled by the NYS Early Care & Learning Council that highlights the direct correlation between workforce productivity and their ability access to quality child care.
 
Child Care & Parent Productivity:  The Business Case
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation -   Lack of access to quality and affordable child care is a significant barrier that limits the supply of talent.  Companies that take an active role in helping their employees secure these services generate billions of dollars a year in revenue due to increased workforce participation.  You can implement policies at your company that bolster your bottom line, attract and retain the talent it needs to succeed.  Investments in high quality early childhood education support our current workforce (working parents) and strengthen business today while building the workforce we'll depend upon tomorrow and for decades to come.  
 
Child Care is a Business Issue
Harvard Business Review -  Childcare is not a family issue, it is a business issue. It affects how we work, when we work and for many, why we work. Moving forward, employer-provided child care could also influence where we work. Employers that provide high-quality childcare will not only differentiate themselves from the competition but will also create a “sticky” benefit that fosters retention. Employees are less likely to move to a new job if it also means moving their childcare from an environment they love and trust. It is up to businesses to think creatively about ways to build the childcare infrastructure we need to help working parents keep working for their families, and the economy as a whole.
 
Employer Options for Child Care:  Effective Strategies for Recruitment & Retention
Penn State University - A commitment to supporting the child care needs of employees can improve your workplace effectiveness and serve as a recruitment tool to attract skilled workers. Employer Options for Child Care is designed to help you choose a child care strategy that fits your business and responds to your employees.  This publication is a tremendous resource for employers and was produced by Penn State University. 
 
Child Care & Parent Productivity:  Making the Business Case
This research was conducted by Karen Shellenback, work/life policy consultant, while she was working with the Cornell Linking Economic Development and Child Care Research Project.  In her prior work as a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers L.L.P. and LifeCare Inc., Karen worked with numerous Fortune 500, government and small businesses on implementing work/life and child care initiatives to increase employee productivity, reduce absenteeism and turnover, as well as create great place to work environments.   
 
If you have questions contact the St. Lawrence Child Care Council by phone at (315) 393-6474 Ext. 12 or email Bruce Stewart.