Child Care is a Business Issue
Child care impacts the business community in a variety of ways.
On a daily basis, we see the impact in terms of productivity and employee satisfaction. Studies show that nationally, 45% of parents miss at least 2 days of work a year due to child care breakdowns, and 65% of parents' work schedules are affected by child care challenges. The annual cost to employers nationwide of unstable child care is estimated to be $3 billion!
Employers who invest in child care support for their employees, including resource and referral information, are better able to attract and retain employees, and benefit from reduced turnover and absenteeism, increased productivity, and a boost in public image and positive public relations. There are also a variety of tax benefits employers can claim related to child care services for employees.
When employers provide resources to their employees to help them learn about and find better care, everyone benefits.
In terms of the long-term and the big picture, high quality early child care and education for Westchester's children translates into a more ready workforce – a fundamental aspect of business growth, and of our county's ability to retain and attract businesses.
The Council is here for your employees who need:
- Assistance finding quality, reliable child care
- Help solving child care issues or challenges
- Access to financial resources to assist them with paying for child care
Working parents can review the information available on this site, contact us directly via phone or email, or we can speak to a group of employees at your location.
Arrangements can be made for specialized services, including:
- Lunchtime seminars for working parent employees, on topics like:
- Defining and finding quality child care in Westchester
- Child brain development and growth
- Parenting issues, including discipline, and sleep and toilet training
- Personalized child care searches, including:
- Research openings for child(ren) in specific child care programs
- Obtain copies of complaint history of child care programs parents are interested in
- Working Parent Surveys to help you discover what your employees' needs and challenges are related to child care
Call us today, at (914) 761-3456 x139, to find out how we can help your employees "get back to work."
To see what business leaders are saying about the importance of quality child care, view materials from The Committee for Economic Development:
Unfinished Business: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America’s Future
Child Care in State Economies: Key Findings – New York
Talking Points: The Business Case for Investing in High Quality Child Care – New York