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Wondering How To Get Started Addressing Workplace Child Care Issues?
Jane Boyd has prepared this video as a starting place for employees and employers to watch who are interested in finding ways to begin addressing workplace child care issues.
Why Workplace Child Care?
Quality child care is important to every workplace and in each community. Families with young children need access to child care in order to maintain employment and schooling obligations. Businesses rely on child care services so that their employees with young children can manage their work and personal responsibilities. Research continues to demonstrate how important access to early learning opportunities are for children and families. Leading employers understand that supporting their employees with work-life and child care issues can make a huge difference when it comes to employee engagement, recruitment and retention.
Questions for Employers to Consider
Are your employees struggling to access child care?
Are you losing key employees due to child care challenges?
Is your organization considering the feasibility of developing a workplace child care program?
Are you wondering exactly what is involved to implement something that will meet the specific needs of your employees?
I’m Jane Boyd. I get Corporate Culture. And….I’m an Early Childhood Educator.
I have worked with leading Canadian employers to develop solutions to address the child care issues faced by their employees. From small business collaborations all the way through to onsite child care programs for huge global corporations – I get the issues related to business and child care. And I understand the needs of families. Recognized as a Canadian leader in work-life & early learning issues, I have advised many of the “best” employers in Canada. I’ve been at the forefront of designing & implementing unique approaches to enhance & increase employee engagement & have led the development of award winning work-life solutions & strategies for more than 20 years. As an early childhood educator, I’ve been certified to practice in 4 Canadian provinces.
I was the primary work-life consultant involved in the design, development, implementation and first 5 years of operation of rbKids, the award winning workplace child care program at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers which is based Burnaby, BC. The program is considered to be a leader in work related child care solutions in Canada. I also oversaw the design, development and first year of operation of a Montessori preschool and Kindergarten in Prince Edward Island that helped to attract skilled professionals to the health care industry.
Workplace Child Care Projects I Have Been Part of
Here are some examples of the kinds of projects I has been part of leading:
Child Care Development Funds & Priority Child Care Spaces
Through the exchange of funding for materials and equipment to local child care providers; I developed a customized solution for a large financial services organization. This initiative lead to the creation of more than 100 priority child care spaces for employees located throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
Child Care Partnerships – for Emergency & Priority Spaces
Working with local child care providers and a collaboration of employers; I pre-purchased child care spaces in multiple child care facilities. These spaces were then made available to employees for emergency, back-up and priority child care. Centralized intake and registration processes were developed.
Business-Community Child Care Partnerships
Over the years I have been involved in designing and developing multiple business-community partnerships related to child care and workplace issues. Each initiative has been customized to meet specific needs and has included partners from multiple sectors.
Employer Related Child Care Feasibility Studies
Working with business, government and communities I have conducted countless child care feasibility studies. Each one is designed to meet the specific client needs and a multitude of options are explored. Many of the studies I have conducted have lead to the development of formal work-life strategies, child care solutions and key organizational policy changes. Through this work; I have managed to impact the lives of thousands of employees and their families.
Workplace Child Care Program – Design, Development, Construction and Implementation
From before the building is in the ground through to program operation; I have been involved in all aspects of workplace child care programming. I have worked as both a project consultant and workplace child care program director; so I’m well versed in every aspect of program design, development, construction and implementation. Working closely with project managers, architects, City officials, Child Care Licensing and employers I’ve been part of developing award winning early learning and care solutions.
Would You Like Further Information?
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Recently I had the absolute pleasure of talking with Tim McDonald about #NoKidHungry, finding purpose, building relationships and so much more. Tim is the Purveyor of Purpose at BTC revolutions and the previous Director of Community at the HuffPost. I have known Tim via Twitter for about a year now; though until this hangout we had never had a face to face discussion. What a delight it was!
On Ending Childhood Hunger in America – #NoKidHungry
I feel that our children, our youth, are not to blame for any problems that we have. They are the future. They are the opportunity that we have in front of us.
We live in a country of abundance. It is not the child’s fault that they do not have access to this food.
1 in 5 children in America are at risk of going hungry every day.
Highlights from my Conversation with Tim McDonald
In this conversation we cover a number of different areas:
- Tim’s journey – in work and life – and how everything has come together in a way that allows him to support #NoKidHungry on multiple levels.
- Purpose driven passion and the ripples it can create.
- Childhood hunger in America and why we need to find solutions to this problem.
- The power of stories and why they matter.
- How an idea can grow into movement.
- Building trust with people in the online space.
- Why you should care about the photos that people post online.
For further information on ending childhood hunger in America visit the No Kid Hungry website.
What Am I Learning?
As part of the East Kootenay Conversations On Child Care, I chatted with Sharon Cross who is a City Councillor with the City of Cranbrook. Sharon has been an active volunteer since 1975 in many aspects of the community as well as in the broader East Kootenay region and internationally. She wants to improve the livability of Cranbrook on many fronts.
Highlights from this Conversation with Sharon Cross
Licensed child care spaces that are being lost in the region.
The chronic shortage of early childhood educators in the East Kootenay Region.
How child care contributes to economic development within the region.
Various initiatives and programs in BC that support child care and why they are not totally working to solve the child care challenges in the East Kootenay region.
The challenges that families and employers are facing.
If you would like to chat further with Sharon Cross regarding child care issues in the East Kootenay region can reach her via telephone at 250-489-4412.
Recently I had a live conversation with Charlene Stropky about child care issues in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Charlene is an Infant Development Consultant with the Infant Development Program in Cranbrook.
About Charlene Stropky
Charlene works with families who have children ages birth to three years with developmental concerns or developmental disabilities in their homes. She helps families as their children begin to transition into child care programs in the community.
Highlights of Our Conversation
About the East Kootenay Infant Development Program.
Finding licensed child care options for children with developmental concerns or developmental disabilities can be very challenging.
Community based programs for young children often don’t properly support children with extra needs. Many program facilitators have very limited experience working with children with developmental concerns.
It can be frustrating to bring community stakeholders up to date on the history of the challenges that the early childhood education and child care field has faced. History provides context and creates understanding.
There is a shortage of certified ECE’s to work in programs in the East Kootenay region.
Concerns about changes to the quality of ECE training programs.
Compensation issues for early childhood educators who work in the field.
Why it matters to invest in the early years.
Ways to bring child care and early childhood development together.
If you would like to contact Charlene Stropky you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the East Kootenay Conversations on Child Care I had a Google+ Hangout On Air with Nancy Savarie & Tracy Felhauer. Unfortunately due to some technical challenges we ended up talking on my iPhone within the hangout. As such, I have just uploaded the audio recording of our full conversation. Regardless, we had an excellent discussion and explored many important issues related to families and child care in the region.
Nancy and Tracy are each Certified Dental Assistants who work with Interior Health in the East Kootenay Region of British Columbia. In their role with Interior Health they visit licensed child care programs to examine young children’s teeth and help educate about dental related issues. Due to their work with local child care programs as well as through their own personal experiences, they have a good understanding about the issues that programs and families are facing.
Child Care Challenges Identified in East Kootenay Region
During the conversation we discussed a range of issues. Below are some of the highlights:
The challenges of finding affordable, quality child care in the community.
Issues that can happen in unlicensed, unmonitored child care situations.
Weather in the region and how it impacts families and child care providers.
The role that shift work plays in the various communities and the impact it has on child care situations.
The stress that families face when quality child care is not available.
Recently I had a live conversation with Rita Romeo about child care issues in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia. Rita is the Program Coordinator for the East Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral (EKCCRR).
About Rita Romeo
I have my Early Childhood Education, Infant Toddler and Special Needs License to Practice and have been in the Early Childhood Field for 29 years in various positions such as Daycare (Infant Toddler and 3-5 year olds), Preschool & Nanny care. I have worked for EKCCRR for the last 20 years.
Highlights of Our Conversation
An introduction to the East Kootenay Child Care Resource and Referral program.
The geographic diversity of the East Kootenay region and how this impacts child care operators and families.
The services of that the EKCCRR provides to families.
The challenges that families face with respect to transportation, shift work and weather.
Issues that child care providers face with respect to filling for 3-5 year old child care spaces. The shortage of infant-toddler child care and after school care spaces that the region is facing.
Child care programs are faced with reducing their capacity due to a lack of certified Early Childhood Educators in the region. 2 child care programs recently closed in Cranbrook.
Wages and working conditions for certified staff in the East Kootenay region.
Ways to make a difference in the community related to child care options and opportunities.
Ways to share information and resources related to child care through social media.
Cautions regarding providers who care for children but who are not licensed by Interior Health.
Ways to educate members of the community about what quality child care is.