How to promote ECE in your workplace

You don't have to be an employer to use this Toolkit for information and inspiration.

This Early Care and Education (ECE) Toolkit was created with employers in mind, but it is also a resource for anyone who wants to promote ECE in the workplace.

Perhaps you're a manager or supervisor trying to provide more resources and support to working parents on your team. Maybe you have coworkers with young children who are struggling to balance child care challenges with work responsibilities and you want to support them by promoting parent-friendly policies. Perhaps you're a parent yourself, or planning to have children soon.

The portions of this Toolkit aimed at employers can help you make the case in your workplace.

There are good business reasons for employers to invest in an ECE-friendly workplace, including employee recruitment, retention, productivity, engagement, and loyalty. This Toolkit contains information about how employers can benefit from supporting ECE and implementing parent-friendly policies and benefits.

Reviewing the following pages might help you make the case for a stronger focus on ECE where you work, while also helping you think about the issues from an employer's perspective:

The ECE Business Case

Boost Your Competitive Edge

The Toolkit also provides concrete ways for employers to take action. What is possible will vary depending the size of your workplace, the work environment, and job type - but the Toolkit includes ways that every employer, large or small, can do more to support ECE.

The following employer-focused pages provide a range of ideas you could share with your manager or HR department:

5 Ways to Take Action in 5 Minutes

Simple Steps Every Employer Can Take

Employee Benefits for Working Parents

For more on why ECE matters from an employer's perspective, see Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Childcare.

You can also support coworkers with young children by pointing them to the the parent-resource pages in this Toolkit, which provide information on how to look for high-quality child care and on programs and tax credits that can help pay for child care.

Parents can click on "Resources for Working Parents" in the main menu, or you can point them to the parent-focused pages in the Toolkit using this link:

With the exception of some resources that are specific to Montgomery County, most of the information on the the parent-resource pages also should be useful for working parents throughout Maryland.

If you want to take your ECE advocacy beyond the workplace, see the Maryland Family Network's Advocacy Guide.

You can also sign up to receive MFN Early Childhood Policy Alerts so that you will know when your district's legislator is playing a key role in decision making.

Another useful resource is The School Readiness Playbook: A Guide for Community Partners. This guide can help you gain a deeper understanding of the importance of early education and offers detailed guidance on how to engage community partners.

Case Study

How a Small Business Offers Family-Friendly Flexibility

Text Design, Inc., located in Frederick, Maryland, is a small business with a ECE-friendly culture built around flexibility and communication. This small graphic design studio offers its employees flexible hours and anytime work-from-home access.