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Best Beginnings for a Ready Workforce

What businesses can do to support school readiness, young children, and families

  • Sponsor parent education classes
  • Provide information regarding child care and other family services
  • Offer flex time benefits for employees
  • Provide on-site child care
  • Support early child care and education legislation
  • Provide child care scholarshipsLego
  • Create partnerships with local schools
  • Provide flexible options for parents with sick children
  • Build consortiums of businesses to work together on early childhood issues
  • Support the expansion of early care and education
  • programs, Head Starts, etc.
  • Encourage and support employee volunteering
  • Provide part-time employee volunteering
  • Provide part-time employees with a regular work schedule
  • Allow employees to bring their babies to work
  • Accommodate breastfeeding mothers
  • Permit employees to work at home when possible/necessary
  • Become involved with existing programs
  • Create job sharing opportunities
  • Promote philanthropic investment in early child care and education
  • Supply space to the community for meetings
  • Set up pre-tax spending accounts for employees that can be used for child care
  • Donate goods and services
  • Ask your employees and co-workers how you can support them and their families

For more information about School Readiness, please contact:

Caitlin Jensen
(406) 444-0589
or
Patty Butler
(406) 444-1828

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Page last updated: 09/27/2013