Most Pennsylvania employers want to help working families address child care needs, but few realize that resources are available to help. The Case Studies in Caring series explores award-winning business initiatives created with available resources and are custom-crafted to meet local child care needs for communities and workforces.
It began years ago when a Benco Dental managing director served on the Luzerne County Head Start board, demonstrating his commitment to giving young children a strong start in life. He passed on his servant leadership to other company officials, and one now serves as the Head Start board president.
Based in Allentown with a global footprint, technology services firm CAI takes an entrepreneurial approach to expanding high-quality early learning and creating a continuum of educational quality.
A great number of children start school deficient in key language, literacy, pre-math, and socio & emotional skills. In Berks County, over 40% of third graders cannot read proficiently, and in Reading, the average is significantly higher.
When Evangelical Community Hospital mobilized to manage the COVID-19 public health crisis, the needs of its employees - the pandemic's essential workers - came first.
When businesses invest in child care, they see results. Parents who have access to high-quality care are more productive, and businesses that offer child care and family-friendly policies are better able to attract and retain talent.
When the only pre-K in the Blair County town of Claysburg closed its doors, NPC helped lead a community drive to fill the gap.