[Excerpt] This report, Meeting the Needs of Today’s Workforce: Child Care Best Practices, highlights forty employers that have instituted child care programs for their employees over the past few years. Their experiences serve as both a resource and a tool for other employers seeking to initiate or expand family-friendly workplace policies.
The U.S. Department of Labor is, in fact, the first employer highlighted in the report. The Department was the first federal agency to have an on-site day care center which today, enrolls eighty infants, toddlers and children; offers ongoing staff development and training; and depends upon an employee- and parent- led advisory board. In addition, as part of the President’s historic Child Care Initiative, the Department of Labor is working to expand its nationally-recognized apprenticeship program to train child care professionals.
Many of the other employers included in the DOL Report are drawn from the ranks of the Women’s Bureau’s Working Women Count Honor Roll, a 1995-1997 Presidential initiative that called upon employers to make concrete changes to improve work for women and their families. As you will see, our call was heeded and many Honor Roll companies responded by developing exemplary child care programs that are truly important models for businesses. While readers may be familiar with the efforts of large establishments, initiatives from small and very small employers are included as well.
Meeting the Needs of Today’s Workforce: Child Care Best Practices concludes with an overview of 8 collaborative efforts to spotlight the importance of partnerships in increasing employee access to child care assistance programs. Partnerships between businesses as well as between businesses and unions are highlighted. These recent programs add to the growing list of model programs and represent another strategy for business involvement in child care.