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ERIC Number: ED354981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
The Private Sector as a Partner in Early Care and Education.
Galinsky, Ellen
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)
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
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Families and Work Inst., New York, NY.