Child Care

Child care provisions cover a wide variety of programs that assist in the care of children – from subsidies and stipends to care provided in licensed child care centers, by a licensed family child care provider or an informal caregiver. For parents who work shifts, regular overtime or weekends and parents who may have school-age children, child care can also mean extended hour care, before- and/or after-school care, holiday and summer care, back-up care and emergency/sick child care.

  • Back-Up Child Care – child care service provided when regular child care is not available (e.g. the babysitter is ill or school is closed).
  • Center Slots – provision of a specific number of slots for employees’ children at a local or on-site child care center.
  • Classes – parenting classes on various topics (e.g. dealing with teenagers, reading readiness, etc.)
  • Dependent Care Assistance Program – also known as DCAP, this program allows employees to set aside a portion of their earnings in a tax free account for child care expenses (and sometimes elder care expenses – see under Elder Care and Dependent Care.
  • Extended Hours/Before/After School – child care at hours when most child care centers are not open. Useful for parents who work shifts, regular overtime or weekends.  
  • Flexible Spending Account – pre-tax program similar to Dependent Care Assistance Program.
  • Holiday Child Care – care for children whose parents may be working during school holidays.
  • In-Home Care – stipends or partial grants to cover the cost of in-home child care.
  • Near-Site Care – child care located near the work site.
  • On-Site Care – child care centers located at the work site.
  • Resource & Referral information and assistance on child care programs such as day care, pre-school, summer camps and more. Assistance may be provided by phone, online or in person.
  • Sick/Emergency Care – care for children who are sick and cannot attend regular child care or school (Also see Back-up Child Care above).
  • Subsidies – financial assistance to help with child care expenses.
  • Summer Camp – programs to provide care and recreation for employees’ children during the summer break.
  • Youth Programs – programs for employees’ children who are too old for traditional child care programs, but may need supervision and structure. May also include programs during summer vacations and other school holidays.

 

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