The lack of access to quality and affordable child care is also a barrier that limits the supply of talent in the workforce. Companies that take an active role in helping their employees secure these services generate billions of dollars a year in revenue due to increased workforce participation. Employers can implement policies and provide support to employees, which will help parents provide the care their children need, enable the children to reap the benefits of quality child care, while bolstering the bottom line through increased productivity and the ability to retain and attract talent needed for success.
How We Can Help You...
Have Linking Families and Communities survey your employees on their needs for child care. You can choose to tweak, add or delete from our existing survey questions in order to better understand your employee's questions. Review the standard questions. Once the survey is completed, Linking Families and Communities will compile the responses and provide a report back to you.
Invite Linking Families and Communities to a meeting to brainstorm and think through options with you. We are always glad to help and have varied experience and knowledge to bring to your leadership and decision-making team.
What You Can Do
Find out what your employees needs are by surveying them in regard to their work-family needs and collect data on utilization of your existing programs.
Offer flexible work arrangements such as telecommuting or flexible hours to enable employees to integrate their work and caregiving responsibilities
Provide education to your employees on the local, state and federal tax breaks and programs that they may be eligible for to help with the cost of child care.
Create an FSA
FSAs provide tax breaks for families and can be made available through the benefits package offered. FSA can be used to pay for up to $5,000 of child care related expenses.
Contract with child care providers or centers for child care services. Parents are provided a voucher for all or part of the cost of care: child care programs redeem the voucher.
Purchase a number of spaces in child care programs to ensure current and future employees have access to child care.
Collaborate with other employers and pool resources to conduct a joint child care project. Consortium members generally share start-up costs and receive priority enrollment.
Build an on-site child care center; think about the workforce that would have access to the center and whether or not community spaces could be available.
Take the Best Place for Working Parents Assessment
to see where your organization sits among others of its kind. Ten policies speak to benefits for families and their positive impact on business' profitability.
Company-Paid Health Care Coverage
Paid Time Off
“Best Place” Designation
Onsite Child Care
Child Care Assistance
Backup Child Care
Businesses that meet the criteria will be placed on the registry and can proudly display the seal and certificate from the designation in their workplace and in their marketing materials.