ERIC Number: ED354981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
The Private Sector as a Partner in Early Care and Education.
Although some businesses have provided employer-supported child care for decades, these efforts have been exceptional rather than part of a mainstream effort. Obstacles to employer-supported child care in the early 1980s included: (1) the view that work and family were separate; (2) negative perceptions of women's increased involvement in the world of business; and (3) assumptions by businesses that involvement in child care would mean the creation of on-site centers. Characteristics common to "trailblazing" corporations that provided their employees with child care options in the early 1980s included large company size; labor shortages in essential personnel, such as nurses, clerical workers, or highly skilled employees such as scientists; production of a product or service that was related to family needs; competitive pressure; location; workforce characteristics such as age, the proportion of female employees, and unionization; economic health; and the presence of child care advocates in mid- or upper-mangement. The number of corporations interested in child care and other work and family issues has expanded; however, these companies do not seem to share the identifying characteristics of their trailblazing predecessors. Present corporations have limited their involvement to: (1) a focus on work and family; (2) an executive-level commitment to work and family policies and the view that such a commitment is a business issue; (3) an emerging integrated approach to care; (4) an emphasis on flexible work schedules; (5) the recognition that company culture is a key to work and family solutions; and (6) involvement in community partnerships. (Contains 35 references.) (HDD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Business Responsibility, Community Involvement, Corporate Support, Early Childhood Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Employer Supported Day Care
Families and Work Institute, 330 Seventh Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10001 ($10, plus $2.50 shipping and handling; 10% discount for non-profit organizations).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.