How Much Does Childcare in Westchester Really Cost?

The real cost of childcare for working Westchester families involves more than just dollars and cents.

Child Care Council of Westchester has some evidence to support it. The Scarsdale-based nonprofit recently concluded a two-pronged study — one surveying 516 local parents, the other with more than 40 employers from disparate sectors — to assess the state of childcare for working families in Westchester. What follows are some highlights of their findings:

75% of employers feel that childcare issues result in absenteeism and loss of productivity, yet 98% also report that these issues are still handled on an ad-hoc or case-by-case way, rather than a formal or institutional way.

50% of working parents reported that childcare issues have impacted their jobs in the past year, resulting in call-outs (55%), early departures (50%), late arrivals (41%), feelings of distraction at work (35%), and cutbacks on work hours (20%).

46% of parents responded that they’ve had trouble paying for childcare in the past six months, with 27% of those claiming to have cut back work hours as a result.

93% of employers agree that providing resources and/or benefits related to childcare generates a positive public image for the corporation, with 83% seeing a link between such resources/benefits and the quality of recruitment and retention. Yet, 80% of those same employers responded that payment or financial-assistance subsidies or vouchers for childcare has no impact on recruitment and retention.

Only 17% of employers currently offer on-site or near-site childcare facilities even though 73% of parents named proximity of childcare resources/facilities as a critical selection criterion.



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