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ERIC Number: ED200331
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Child Care Centers Sponsored by Employers and Labor Unions in the United States.
Perry, Kathryn Senn
To gather information helpful to employers and labor representatives considering support for employee child care services, a survey of 305 employer-sponsored child care centers throughout the United States was conducted in 1978. This report presents, and in some sections updates, findings of the survey. Responses indicate that successful employer-sponsored day care centers are attended by children whose parents work in professional as well as skilled white- and blue-collar positions. Facilities and/or services are provided by the employer for use by the child care center, and employees use automobile transportation to bring their children to the center. Employer-sponsored child care is usually located close to the work place, has flexible operating hours to match employee working hours, and costs parents less than alternative centers. In the survey, 64% of civilian and 97% of the military centers provided infant care, and many of both types of centers provided after-school care for older children in addition to care for 3- to 5-year-olds. Benefits to the employer were found to include an increase in the ability to attract employees, lower absenteeisn and job turnover, a more positive attitude of the employees toward both employer and work, favorable publicity, and an improvement in community relations. In conclusion, some problems which are causing centers to close are indicated. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Women's Bureau (DOL), Washington, DC.