Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University, 215 W. Sibley Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853.
Employer-Supported Child Care: Who Participates?
Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 5, pages 1340–1348, December 2009
How to Cite
Morrissey, T. W. and Warner, M. E. (2009), Employer-Supported Child Care: Who Participates?. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 1340–1348. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00672.x
This article was edited by Cheryl Buehler.
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
- child-care arrangements;
- families and work;
- family policy;
- logistic regression;
- work-family balance
Child-care vouchers are becoming more common and can provide child-care assistance to a wide spectrum of the population. There is little empirical research, however, on which workers participate in their employer's child-care programs. In this exploratory study, employees with children at 1 large university completed questionnaires to gather information on their child-care arrangements and their experience with the employer's child-care voucher program (N = 949). Results indicate that the employees who were most in need of child-care assistance in terms of family structure, job type, and child-care expenses were more likely to receive vouchers. Federal policy limiting the structure of employer-sponsored voucher programs appeared to present barriers to participation for certain groups of employees.