Why More School Districts Are Offering Teachers Childcare

Childcare for educators is now being provided as a perk

Teacher and toddlers in daycare
Teacher and toddlers in daycare. Getty Images/Jupiterimages/Stockbyte

School districts are increasingly offering childcare to teachers to prevent them from leaving the classroom. Childcare is also being used as a "perk" to attract new teachers with small children.

Evidently, school districts have taken note of the pressures working parents face. The young teachers who graduate and start their careers, only to leave when they become parents, create hiring voids. To prevent this, some school districts are offering childcare perks.

Teachers who've benefited agree that childcare makes it easier for them to achieve a work-life balance.

Advantages of School District Daycares

Teachers enjoy district-run childcare centers because they're only open when school is in session. This means that parents don't have to pay for holidays or days when their kids don't need to be there, unlike most traditional care. In addition, because it is school-district-operated, the center may be open on high-need days or during special evening activities. This prevents teachers from scrambling to find childcare when they must attend training or school-related events.

Some district-run childcare centers remain open in the summer. They provide "camp kid" options for enrichment, sports, summer learning programs or day camps with field trips. Because these centers are located in the same geographical area where teachers work, they provide greater convenience than traditional daycares.

High-Quality Educators on Site

Many district-run facilities use highly qualified educators and seek accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Often, the center is run by an experienced child care director who knows the business and also has an established relationship with the district's administration and parents.

And because the families are mostly made up of teachers (although some districts may open it up to all employees and others will allow the public to join based on availability), there is greater agreement as to expectations and early learning needs for future school success. Although most classroom teachers are women, male educators are just as quick to sign up their young children at the centers to allow their working wives the same conveniences and comforts afforded to their female counterparts.

While childcare centers are only feasible for districts that have the space and the desire to operate such ventures, savvy districts recognize that these centers likely allow them to attract the best talent possible and keep new parents on the payroll.

Wrapping Up

Educators should ask if this type of option is offered when choosing where they would like to teach. If a childcare perk is not available, the next step is to ask why not and see if a feasibility study can be conducted. After all, childcare centers help school districts make the grade.