The Need for Employer-Sponsored Child Care Centers
at Work

About 700,000 working parents — top talent whose presence is vital to organizational growth — left the workforce in 2020 due to a lack of child care.

Integrating work with life isn’t easy, and it’s even more difficult for working parents.

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FAQs About Employer-Sponsored Child Care Centers

What is an employer-sponsored child care center?

Employer-sponsored child care centers are provided by employers for their employees, in order to support employees’ child care responsibilities. Employers can implement on-site child care benefits, back-up child care benefits, and other company-sponsored child care programs.

Why do employers sponsor child care programs for employees?

Employers sponsor child care programs to support employees, reduce absenteeism, boost retention, and maintain an uninterrupted workflow. Statistics have shown that many working parents have child care difficulties which, in turn, affect company performance. Employer-sponsored child care centers can increase workforce productivity.

What ages does Bright Horizons serve in its employer-sponsored child care centers?


Depending on the needs of the employer, Bright Horizons can support care for children ages six weeks to six years. We have programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum for infantstoddlerpreschool and pre-K. Some employers also sponsor school-aged back-up care, summer camp and school vacation programs.

What are dependent care benefits?

Dependent care benefits support working parents — they are available to provide family care solutions such as back-up care, elder care, and child care benefits.

It can be overwhelming for employees to try to be efficient and productive and keep up with work demands, while also tending to their children’s needs and helping them grow and thrive.
On top of that, employees often encounter child care emergencies — and some are left with no option but to skip work for the day or even put their careers on hold to manage child care responsibilities. Providing back-up child care benefits and employer on-site child care through employer-sponsored child care centers can effectively put an end to this ordeal and offer working parents the support they need.

Bright Horizons is a leading provider of employer-sponsored child care services for over 1,000 organizations around the world. With over 30 years of experience, Bright Horizons provides reliable back-up child care benefits and employer on-site child care for many leading organizations and their employees. These benefits help boost employee retention and help employees achieve the work-life balance they need to focus on their careers.

Benefits of Employer-Sponsored Child Care Centers

Employer-sponsored child care centers benefit both employees and employers. Child care challenges cause a high rate of employee absenteeism — and employer-sponsored child care centers offer a solution.

Employer-sponsored child care centers can provide during child care emergencies. Instead of getting stranded without child care and having to stay home, employees can rely on back-up child care benefits offered by their employers — and they’ll have the peace of mind they need to focus on their work. In return, organizations will enjoy consistent productivity and increased employee retention. Reliable employer-sponsored child care centers make life easier for working parents.

Bright Horizons’ Employer-Sponsored Child Care Centers 

Bright Horizons operates employer-sponsored child care centers for organizations around the world, which offer back-up child care benefits and employer on-site child care. We offer personalized company-sponsored child care that matches the needs and schedules of employers and their employees.

We develop and manage employer-sponsored child care centers for organizations around the world, hiring qualified teachers, creating a customized curriculum, and establishing and working to reach organizational goals.


Family care benefits have never been more important. See how Bright Horizons can support your team.

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.