ERIC Number: ED246988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Employer Supported Child Care: Where Are We and Where Are We Going?
This discussion highlights the findings of the National Employer Supported Child Care Project, which was conducted in 1981 by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families and the Child Care Information Service (of Pasadena, California). Statistics are also cited on the increasing general demand for child care, especially for children under age 3. Among the project findings summarized are data on employers who provide day care, the sorts of programs they provide, and the characteristics of program users. About half of the 415 firms reported benefits such as reduced turnover and absenteeism, improved productivity, enhanced recruitment, and improved public relations. While these reports are based on anecdotal evidence, corroborating evidence from current studies is mentioned. The future direction of employer supported child care is discussed in terms of five major trends: (1) decentralization of planning, which may produce integrated child care systems tailored to the needs of individual communities; (2) greater flexibility in personnel policies, which may provide greater options for parents; (3) flexible benefits programs, which may include child care; (4) growing national awareness of work/family issues, which may be translated into more sophisticated child care systems; and (5) continuation of the federal government's role in creating tax provisions and disseminating information that will facilitate employers' child care efforts. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Absenteeism (Employee); Corporations; National Employer Supported Child Care Project
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (Atlanta, GA, November 3-6, 1983).