CHILD­CARE CHOICES

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Great com­pa­nies have been of­fer­ing help with child­care for decades to support work­ing moms. Re­cently though, the Best Com­pa­nies have come up with in­no­va­tive ways to make sure par­ents know their kids are hav­ing fun while they get their work done.

When Kim Skinner, who was work­ing from her home of­fice in cen­tral Illi­nois, took a trip to her em­ployer Mon­santo’s St. Louis, MO, head­quar­ters, she de­cided to bring her baby boy Dun­can along. The com­pany paid for her mom to join them so she could care for him while Kim at­tended meet­ings.

“These types of ben­e­fits go a long way in cre­at­ing a cul­ture where peo­ple want to sign up, grow and stay, and con­trib­ute to busi­ness and cus­tomer out­comes,” says Melissa Harper, vice pres­i­dent of global ta­lent and in­clu­sion and diver­sity.

Cor­po­rate child­care op­tions don’t sim­ply in­clude on-site day­care any­more, since com­pa­nies re­al­ize em­ploy­ees and their kids have a wide va­ri­ety of pref­er­ences and needs when it comes to keep­ing kids oc­cu­pied and happy dur­ing the work­day.

Here are the per­cent­ages of the 100 Best Com­pa­nies that of­fer each type of child­care program:

• Pay­ing for a child’s care­givers to travel with par­ents on busi­ness trips: 9% • Sub­si­dies at near-site child­care cen­ters: 19% • Sub­si­dies at on-site child­care cen­ters: 27% • Travel child­care re­im­burse­ment: 33% • Be­fore- and after-hours child­care: 43% • Be­fore- and after-school child­care: 47% • Sum­mer-program child­care: 57% • School-hol­i­day child­care: 71% • Child­care re­fer­ral ser­vices: 91% • Backup child­care: 92%

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