Employer On-site Child Care

Creating employer on-site child care that works

Many companies in the U.S. offer employer on-site child care. However, many of these child care centers aren’t affordable for employees or aren't effective enough. Only 6% of companies offer robust company-sponsored child care — a solution that truly affords parents the financial break they deserve and provides the necessary care for their kids. Robust on-site child care can provide the same educational opportunities that preschool and pre-k programs offer. Considering the high costs of child care today, offering employer on-site child care that works is a great way to attract and retain employees, as well as boost their productivity.

Creating an employer-sponsored child care center can be confusing and complicated. But Bright Horizons® — a leading provider of employer-sponsored child care in the U.S. with over 30 years of experience — can help you get started and manage your own employer on-site child care center.

The importance of employer on-site child care

The average annual cost of daycare for one infant in the U.S. is $12,000. Costs vary by state, and, in some places, the price is even higher. For example, child care in Washington DC can cost as much as $22,631 per year. Because of this, 60% of working parents in the U.S. are actively looking for job opportunities that offer a robust on-site child care benefit. Today, providing this benefit can help your company attract the most experienced employees. An on-site child care center can also help improve productivity and loyalty. Not only is employer on-site child care an investment in your employees, it’s also an investment in your business.

Employer on-site child care from Bright Horizons

Over 1,000 companies and millions of individuals rely on Bright Horizons’ child care offerings. Staring down 30+ years of customer satisfaction and an unrivaled commitment to excellence in early education, Bright Horizons provides solutions that support working parents and their employers. While businesses rely on Bright Horizons’ extensive expertise in the development and management of employer on-site child care, parents count on us for industry-leading child care solutions.

Employer on-site child care center development

We help companies create in-depth center development plans for in-house child care. These plans cover everything from financial analysis to detailed site and facility analysis.

Employer on-site child care center management

For many companies, center management can be intimidating. Bright Horizons takes that off your plate, too. We create the curriculum and handle daily operations, hiring, payroll, licensing, and everything else that comes with running a company-sponsored child care center.

How the lack of employer on-site child care affect parents

In the U.S., many families are unable to afford the high costs of child care. Plus, 63% of U.S. families have both parents working — and this dilemma can lead to lower productivity in the office. Child sick days can leave parents scrambling for emergency care and, in turn, can affect their work performance. Many families have even been reported to postpone parenting well into their 30s and 40s. Working parents are actively choosing job opportunities with employer on-site child care — when they can worry less about their children and know they’re being well cared for, parents can be more committed to their work.

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Bright Horizons is a United States–based child-care provider and is the largest provider of employer-sponsored child care. Employees looking to become a child care teacher are offered the opportunity to earn an early education degree for free as part of their corporate benefits. Search by zip to find a child care center near you. Bright Horizons Global Headquarters are in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.