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.
Child care challenges can lead to issues affecting both employees and employers, like attendance, productivity, and job retention. Due to cost, availability, and shift hours, working families with young children often layer their child care solutions.
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.