Working parents have one common concern: quality, reliable care for their children while they work. For parents, the overwhelming task of arranging child care creates stress and may affect productivity, work attitudes, absenteeism, longevity, and a number of other critical areas bearing on employee performance. Quality child care not only supports today’s workforce, but also helps in building the foundation for tomorrow’s. Children who attend higher quality child care are better prepared for school and for life.
There are many things employers can do to assist their employees with a harmonious work/life balance. Our Family-Friendly Business Options matrix provides a quick overview of the benefits and considerations of some common family-friendly benefits.
The Children’s Cabinet encourages employers to share access to our Child Care Resource and Referral Database with their employees. Employees can search our database of licensed providers 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation educates employers and empowers them with resources to better support their workforce. The site calls for “investments in high-quality early childhood education and care to support our current workforce (working parents) and strengthen business today while building the workforce we’ll depend on tomorrow and for decades to come.” This site includes support considerations by children’s age.
Boston College Center for Work and Family
Boston College Center for Work and Family is committed to creating workplace cultures that support the “dual agenda” of individual and organizational success. This site provides research from the Center on work and family practices.
Families & Work Institute
The Institute conducts a number of research studies and/or publishes several reports every year. Their projects fall into the categories of: The Changing Workforce, Early Childhood, and Youth.
Work and Family Research Network
The Network serves a global community interested in work and family research by providing resources and building knowledge. The Network targets the information needs of academics and researchers, workplace practitioners, state public policy makers, and interested individuals. It’s the place to find high quality research and reports, easy-to-read summary sheets and briefs, as well as work and family topic pages, all in one location.