Whether you put in full- or part-time hours, it’s difficult to be a parent who works outside the home.
Add the stress of finding — and paying for — reliable child care to accommodate your work schedule, and it can be absolutely soul-sucking.
The Penny Hoarder recently surveyed 2,000 parents about the cost of child careand about two-thirds of respondents said they’d consider switching jobs to work for a company that provides child care assistance as an employee benefit.
Stringent daycare regulations and expensive overhead costs make free on-site child care a no-go for most companies, but there are some businesses that realize the key to happy employees is helping them find work-life balance through the magic of child care benefits.
17 Companies With Child Care Benefits
- Clif Bar & Company
- Goldman Sachs
- SAS Institute
- General Mills
- The Summit Center
- Bank of America
- Best Buy
These 17 companies get it right when it comes to helping employees with child care — and there’s one bonus because, well, fur babies.
1. Clif Bar & Company
Clif Base Camp is an aptly-named, on-site child care center for the company that sells organic foods and drinks aimed at athletes. The center is run by the child care chain KinderCare and is also open to employees who work for LeapFrog and other businesses housed in the EmeryTech business center in Emeryville, Calif.
The insurance company that’s fond of ducks is also committed to family care programs, including on-site child care at its headquarters in Columbus, Ga., or day care subsidies to employees at other offices.
3. Goldman Sachs
The investment banking company Goldman Sachs opened its first on-site child care center for employees at its New York headquarters in 1993. Since then, the company has opened on-site child care centers at its London, Jersey City Tokyo, Bengaluru and Salt Lake City offices.