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Early Childhood: Business Partnerships

"We have not traditionally linked the well-being of children to the success of business or the governance of nations. Yet increasingly we're acknowledging that upheavals in the American family aren't self contained-they intersect with business and economic circles and loop into the social fabric of this nation. As a society, we assume a larger affiliation-one that implies, not just family ties, but added obligations." Robert E. Allen, Chief Executive Officer, A T & T

Why Businesses Become Involved

  • To reduce employee absenteeism
  • To reduce employee turnover
  • To assist in recruiting new employees
  • To increase employee morale
  • To support the employer's personal commitment to a better society
  • To support the employer/employee's own children or grandchildren's program

Ways Businesses Can Be Involved

Creating policies that make it possible for employees to be involved with their children's early childhood program

  • Flex time
  • Family sick leave
  • Maternity/paternity leave
  • Child care subsidies
  • Job sharing and part time hours
  • Release time to visit child care/school

Supporting parent employees through worksite programs

  • Onsite child care
  • Child care resource and referral services
  • Parent support groups
  • Literacy training
  • Family resources libraries

Working to improve community child care and early education

  • Employee release time for volunteer programs
  • Participation on boards and councils
  • Adopt a child care center or school
  • Financial support
  • Donation of services
  • Material donations
  • Advocacy/public relations


For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625