The Childcare Roadmap for Employers
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated a challenge that was becoming increasingly more difficult even before the public health crisis — finding affordable, quality childcare for working parents throughout the country. Throughout the pandemic, hundreds of employers reached out to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation seeking solutions to support working parents.
The U.S. Chamber Foundation developed Childcare Roadmap videos to provide a visual representation of the Employer Roadmap: Childcare Solutions for Working Parents. This roadmap is for senior leaders to understand what options are available to address childcare needs for working parents, primarily those working shifts during non-traditional hours. It also includes information about what to expect on the journey and how to put strategies into action for their business.
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Better Communities Collaborative
Better Communities Collaborative (BC Collaborative) has a holistic approach to organizational work policies. Through implementing working parent support and flexible scheduling, BC Collaborative experienced increased recruitment, and retention. In June 2020, the firm had 26 employees. The firm now has 150 employees, recently hiring four more female engineers.
Black Hills Energy
Black Hills Energy has an on-site childcare development center. This on-site childcare center is available at the market rate to the 750 employees at Black Hills Energy’s headquarters. On-site childcare addresses the access, affordability, and quality needs for working parents looking for care. Employers can operate the on-site care themselves or partner with an external childcare provider.
Dick’s Drive In has an early childhood education scholarship program. This program is available to 300 employees offering $28,000 over four years. This program begins with an employee receiving $5,000 a year for the first two years, and $9,000 a year for the following two years. Childcare affordability is often a high barrier for families.
Guild Education has an on-site childcare center benefit, The Beehive. The Beehive is available to Guild’s 1,400 employees. This center is licensed for 82 children and 54 children are currently attending. On-site childcare addresses the access, affordability, and quality needs for working parents who are looking for care.
Mazda Toyota Manufacturing
Mazda Toyota Manufacturing (MTM) has a childcare benefit for employees. Through connecting with the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber, MTM’s HR General Manager, Tony Dillon, found TOOTRiS. MTM partnered with TOOTRiS, a turn-key technology platform built for employers, to help employees find childcare that fits their needs and process and manage employer subsides.
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This employer roadmap is for senior leaders to understand what options are available to address childcare needs for working parents, primarily those working shifts during non-traditional hours. It also includes information about what to expect on the journey and how to put strategies into action for their business.
Special thanks to Desklight Learning and Aspen Labs for their support in designing and producing this roadmap.
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