ERIC Number: EJ924082
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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An Exploratory Study of the Impacts of an Employer-Supported Child Care Program
Morrissey, Taryn W.; Warner, Mildred E.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v26 n3 p344-354 3rd Qtr 2011
Although employer-sponsored child care programs have become more common, there is little empirical research on whether these programs affect employees' satisfaction with child care or their work-life balance, and if effects vary across employee characteristics. In this exploratory study, we administered a survey to employees with children at one large university to gather information on their child care arrangements and experience with their employer's child care voucher program (N = 776). Satisfaction with child care varied with employee and child care characteristics, but not with voucher receipt. Families with preschool children, White families, and those using paid home-based care were more satisfied with their child care arrangements than those with school-age children, minority families, and those using center-based or before/afterschool care. Nearly half of voucher recipients (47%) reported benefits in work-life balance as a result of the voucher. Although demand-side vouchers appear to be a promising employer approach to address child care challenges, these results suggest that attention must also be given to the structure of child care supply as satisfaction and work-family stress are affected by more factors than child care cost only.
Descriptors: Employees, Preschool Children, Educational Vouchers, Child Care, Participant Satisfaction, Life Satisfaction, Individual Characteristics, Racial Differences, Age Differences, Minority Groups, After School Programs, Financial Support
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