|The Need:||Child care options outside the 8-to-5 workday|
|The Innovators:||The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, ABK Learning & Development Center, and Duquesne University|
The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh (HACP) offers programs that help residents build job skills, but HACP discovered a problem. For parents working nontraditional hours or looking for new jobs, lack of access to child care created a significant barrier to participation. That gap inspired creation of the ABK Collaborative, a multi-faceted public-private partnership that offers families access to quality care while giving college students studying early education real-life experience in the art of dynamic learning.
The Need: Focus groups and surveys revealed that lack of child care options hindered HACP residents working second- and thirdshift jobs or looking for new and better jobs from joining job training and employment programs. In fact, problems with child care, including the lack of care outside the 8-to-5 workday and the need for working parents to cobble together arrangements, costs the Pennsylvania economy $3.47 billion a year, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Those problems also force parents to leave their jobs or postpone training and education that could advance their careers.
Get Involved: Most Pennsylvania employers want to help helping working families address child care needs, but 70 percent don't know that they have access to helpful resources. The Case Studies in Caring series explores award-winning business initiatives created with available resources that are custom-crafted to meet local child care needs in their communities and workforces. Join the movement to invest in caring by contacting the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.investmentsincaringpa.com.