State of the Union: Why childcare is a career issue
The Wall Street Journal - 01/21/2015
Access to affordable childcare can have a big impact on workers, yet companies have largely stayed out of the debate, beyond offering programs for workers to put away pre-tax dollars to spend on childcare. Seven percent of U.S. employers offer on-site daycare, while 2% provide vouchers or subsidies, according to a recent report .
Jamie Ladge, a Northeastern University professor who studies management and organizational development, partnered with childcare provider Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. to analyze data from 4,000 working parents in 2010. She found that having access to things like on-site childcare and back-up care decreased working parents’ stress, improved health and made workers more productive–even when they weren’t actually using it.