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 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