Child Care: plays a critical role in your workforce retention

Iowa is in a child care crisis. This crisis is a family issue, a workforce issue, a business issue and most importantly, a community issue. Parents throughout the state miss work, drop shifts, are less engaged on the job, switch employers or leave the workforce because child care is in crisis. It is either unaffordable, inaccessible or nonexistent in many Iowa communities.

Child care-related work benefits can be valuable for businesses looking to develop, grow and retain their workforce. Employers protect their bottom line by increasing employee access to quality, affordable child care options. Educating employees about quality child care isn’t just a great perk for the employees. It can play a critical role in your workforce retention strategy and give your employees much-needed peace of mind on the job.

What does child care mean to your business?

  • Increase your productivity - Lack of quality child care options results in chronic employee tardiness and absenteeism.

  • Increase employee retention - Employees cannot remain on the job in the face of ongoing child care problems.

  • Strengthen your community & future workforce - Investments in high-quality early learning programs has long-term benefits such as:

    • Increased tax revenue

    • More effective public schools

    • Improved personal and public health

    • Less crime

    • Increased educated, skilled workers

    • Higher wages later in life

Read the report "Why Child Care Matters to Iowa Businesses" here.

What does a child care-friendly business look like in Iowa?

  • Ask employees about their child care arrangements.

    • If you need assistance with surveying employees, CCR&R can help!

  • Ensure all employees know about of CCR&R services for families by including resources in new hire packets and links to the CCR&R website.

  • Utilize tax benefits available for employers to help employees with child care costs.

  • Support community initiatives to further early childhood efforts.

  • Advocate for employees and the need for high-quality child care and early learning settings within your community.

  • Convey your support for public investment in early education to policymakers.

Read the flyer "What Can Business and Economic Leaders Do?" here.

What is the result of quality child care for our economy?

  • Today's Workforce - Families and employers depend on quality child care for more stability of today's employees.

  • Tomorrow's Workforce - Investing in early learning and development is the best foundation for human capital. These investments have immediate and long-term benefits to the individual child and society.

View the Committee for Economic Development report on child care in Iowa here.

Additional Resources

  • Bipartisan Policy Center - What is the Employer-Provided Child Care Credit (45F)
  • Business & Community Solutions, IWF - Business Best Practices & Resources
  • Business Case for Investing in High Quality Child Care - infographic from Committe for Economic Development
  • Businesses Have a Critical Role in Supporting Public Investments in Child Care - report from National Women's Law Center
  • CCR&R Multi-State Parent Referral Flyer for employees searching for child care
  • CCR&R Overview Flyer (Spanish, Burmese, Swahili) with Contact Information
  • County and state data reports on child care - CCR&R Data webpage
  • Early Childhood Iowa - local program contacts
  • High-quality Child Care: A two-generation solution for a productive American workforce - report from Ready Nation
  • Leading the Way: A Guide for Business Engagement in Early Education - report from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Picking Up the Pieces, Building a Better Child Care System Post COVID19 - report from Child Care Aware of America
  • Recruiting and Retaining Iowa's Workforce - CCR&R Business Flyer
  • Resources for employees - CCR&R Families webpage
  • Roadmap for Leaders to Address Childcare Challenges for Frontline Workers - report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Taking Action on Child Care - report from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • U.S. and the High Cost of Child Care 2018 - report and appendices from Child Care Aware of America
  • Why Business Should Support Early Childhood Education - report from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
  • Workforce of Today, Workforce of Tomorrow: The Business Case for High-Quality Child Care - report and webcast from U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

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