Employer and Parent Child Care Survey

The Child Care Council of Westchester recently completed two separate surveys, of Westchester parents and Westchester employers, which together paint a clear picture of the child care-related challenges facing our county.

Respondents:
526 families: geographically and economically diverse
41 employers: for- and non-profit

Of the Westchester employers who responded to our survey, 75% find that child care issues result in absenteeism or productivity loss among employees. Even so, 98% of employers report that child care issues are handled on a case-by-case or ad-hoc basis, rather than in a more formal way.

Westchester’s working parents agree that child care issue affect their work: 50% of parents surveyed report that child care has impacted their job in the past year, causing them to:

Call in - 55%
Leave early - 50%
Arrive late - 41%
Feel distracted at work - 35%
Cut back working hours - 20%

34 parents say they quit or lost their job in the last year, due to child care issues that include:
• lack of child care
• unreliability
• inability to pay for child care
• worry about quality of care or safety

The bottom line: Both employers and employees recognize that lack of quality, affordable, reliable child care negatively affects the workplace, yet employers offer few parent-friendly benefits other than mandated maternity leave, despite their general belief that doing so would be positive for their organizations and their employees.

The Child Care Council can help! Our professional staff work with employers and directly with parents to provide resource and referral information related to finding, evaluating and paying for child care.

pdfRead more on the Council's Parent Child Care Survey.

pdfRead more on the Employer’s Report.

We Need You

Whether you want to lend your voice to our advocacy work, are interested in serving on our Board of Directors, or want to volunteer with us in some capacity, we would love to have you join us.

To talk about available opportunities, contact Executive Director Kathy Halas at (914) 761-3456 x102 or kathyh@cccwny.org.

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Child Care Council of Westchester, Inc.

313 Central Park Avenue
Scarsdale, New York 10583

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Phone: (914) 761-3456
Toll-Free: 1 (844) 387-7525

Fax: (914) 761-1957

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