At the start of ABC Phase 2, the most pressing concern for employees
if ABC companies in New Jersey was school-age care. Other key issues
included difficulty in finding high quality infant/toddler care,
the need for programs to offer more flexible scheduling and family-friendly
practices, emergency/backup care options, and access to elder care
resources and services.
The ABC targeted 9 New Jersey towns with high ABC employee populations
and developed customized strategies to increase the supply of quality
school-age care in those areas. They also created an affiliation
of child care centers committed to improving the quality of care
and responsiveness to working families. And the ABC was successful
in creating a centralized escorted transportation system for elders
in New Jersey.
Through various trainings, networks, recruitment efforts, and curriculum
enhancement initiatives, the New Jersey ABC has seen many successes
in the last few years. The continuation of the Before/After School
Fund has proved to be a cost effective model in targeting employee
nominated programs across a wide geographical area. By replicating
the successful school-age program model, Hands on Science, in several
counties throughout New Jersey, the ABC has been able to address
the quality of school-age care issue.
Most important, the ABC has effectively served as a catalyst for
other community initiatives. As a result, state dollars have been
committed to school-age care and child care center expansions. ABC
investments continue to foster family day care, child care center,
and school age provider networks. These networks are a strategy
for promoting continuous program quality, as well as a cost effective
way to augment professional development and continually enhance
dependent care infrastructure in the community.
Allied Signal Inc.
American Cyanamid Company
American Home Products Corporation
Bell Atlantic Company
Chubb & Son, Inc.
Deloitte & Touche
Dow Jones & Company Inc.
Exxon Mobil Corporation
Hoechst Celanese Corporation
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Company
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.
Simon & Schuster Inc
Accreditation/Credential for Family Child Care Providers
Caring for Infants and Toddlers for Child Care Center
Mentoring for Child Care Center
Family Friendly Training for Child Care Center
On-Site Training Program for Child Care Center
Preschool Adventures in Peacemaking
Seminar: The Human Side of Management (for Child Care Center)
Close to Home Care Program
Family Child Care Clusters
Recruitment for Family Child Care Providers
The Bridge Project
Kindergarten Wrap-Around Program
Adventures in Peacemaking
Hands-On Science Training
Backup Dependent Care Registry
Backup Theme-based Activities
Bill Paying/Money Management
Elder Care Fair