Employees of ABC companies in the Philadelphia area were faced with one key issue: accessibility to high quality child care centers. These employees were also worried that high turnover of staff at centers, varying qualifications, and high child/staff ratio could have a negative affect on their child's learning environment. Cost was an issue for employees in this community - they understood the cost/quality relationship, but realized their limitations in ability to pay for care. Parents needed programs offering more flexible policies and more emergency/backup care options. Similar to other communities, parents also wanted access to motivating and interesting programs for their school-age children, alternative options for older children, and summer care that runs for the full day for the entire summer. Elder care was also an issue in the Philadelphia area, with many employees spending more time caring for elders on top of their full time jobs.

To address quality issues at child care centers, the ABC partnered with two components of a $5 million child care initiative - T.E.A.C.H. and NAEYC Accreditation. Dollars invested by the ABC helped to leverage additional state dollars for T.E.A.C.H. To address the various school-age issues, the ABC implemented several programs, including Hands-On Science Training, Global Games training for summer camps, and Summer of Service. The ABC also funded the expansion of an affordable In Home Volunteer Program for community elders.

Funding Companies:

Aetna
American Home Products Corporation
Deloitte & Touche
Exxon Mobil Corporation
General Electric
IBM Corporation
Local Funder
Lotus Development Corporation
Merck & Company

Projects

Early Childhood
NAEYC Facilitated Accreditation for Child Care Centers
T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood“ Scholarship Project

School-Age
Global Games
Just In Time Care (JITC)
Hands-On Science Training
Summer Camp
Summer of Service

Backup
Backup Emergency Care
Just In Time Care (JITC)
Mildly Ill Conference

Elder Care
Elder Care Fair
Volunteer In-Home Services Program Expansion

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