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Why should employers take an active role in child care? - It's Good Business!

Today's workforce has changed dramatically compared to 30 years ago. The majority of skilled employees currently in the workforce are parents with child care needs. In 2009, 87.8% of families with children had an employed parent. In single parent households headed by a female, 67.8% of the mothers were employed. In households headed by a single father, 76.6% of the dads were employed. In married couple families with children, 59.8% of both parents were in the workforce (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010).

Over three-quarters of women who have school-age children are employed. Sixty-five percent of mothers with children under the age of six are in the workforce. Fifty-seven percent of mothers with infants under the age of one are in the workforce. By the next decade, it is likely that working women will outnumber working men.

Many families are struggling to balance family and work while providing their children with quality care. Working parents with young children are experiencing increased work-family conflict. Today's jobs not only consume more time, they also consume more physical and emotional energy.

The above factors make the availability of quality child care even more critical to parents, and, as the following research indicates, for employers as well:

The availability of quality child care for employees is important to employers because it improves productivity, reduces absenteeism, and cuts turnover.

According to the National Study of the Changing Workforce (2008), supportive work-life policies and practices, such as child care for employees, makes sense on many levels. Savings are seen in recruitment areas, less job turnover, lower absenteeism, and increased productivity. Also included is the strengthening of the company's business image.

By helping parents find child care solutions you will be on the road to getting the most productivity from your staff.

Employee sponsored child care programs are cost effective:

Employee sponsored child care programs are cost effective. The National Study of the Changing Workforce by the Families and Work Institute found that:

Future Workforce Development:

Good child care is also an investment in the future workforce. Research indicates that high quality child care for young children directly affects the productivity of both the current and the future workforce.

How Employers Can Get Involved in Child Care:

There are a wide variety of child care benefits and supports that you can offer your employees. All of the options described here can be implemented solely within your company or as part of a larger community initiative. Many of these options can be implemented with little to no cost to the company.

How to Get Started - Your Local CCR&R Can Help:

Your county child care resource and referral agency can assist your organization in addressing child care related employee work and family issues. Child care resource and referral agencies are the hub of child care activity in your community, providing a range of services and programs that are responsive to diverse needs and provide access for all families. In addition to sharing information about local early childhood programs such as early care and education centers, Head Start, family child care, and school-age and out-of-school time programs, CCR&Rs can link families to other needed support services and assist businesses in developing child care programs.

CCR&Rs can provide the following core services and programs:

For more information on how your local CCR&R can assist you in developing an employee child care program to meet your needs, contact your local child care resource and referral agency. Click here for a list of NJ CCR&Rs.

Also, click here to visit the Employers and Business Publications page for tools to assist your business in assessing and addressing employee child care needs.


Bond, James T., Ellen Galinsky, and Kelly Sakai (2008). The 2008 National Study of Employers, Families and Work Institute.

Bond, James T., Ellen Galinsky, and Jennifer E. Swanberg (1998). The 1997 National Study of the Changing Workforce, Families and Work Institute.

Carillo, C. ( 2004). A totally new way to think about back-up care. Work and Family Connection. Guest Column

Employment Characteristics of Families Summary May 2010, US Bureau of Labor Statistics.