Workforce Shortages Spark Growing Interest in Employer-Based Childcare

Kaiser Health News reports that hospitals, hoping to retain nurses and other staff, are opening child care centers. Nationally, only about 1 in 10 workers have access to employer programs that cover some or all of the costs for childcare services — either on the job site or off — according to a report published last year by the U.S. Department of Labor. The health sector seems to be doing more: About one-third of U.S. hospitals offer childcare benefits, but there is wide variation in those benefits. People are leaving the industry because they’re not able to balance work and life, according to Bright Horizons, the largest provider of employer-sponsored childcare in the country. Consequently, employers are increasingly looking at the benefits of offering childcare services for employees.