It’s an anxious nag that starts this time of year. While summer may seem far off, working parents are very aware that the second school ends, the kids are home and need a new routine, regardless of the conference calls and meetings listed on Google calendars.
Indeed, the holidays are a special time and by December, most school age children are grateful for a reprieve from classrooms and their daily routine. But, for working parents, winter break often represents a confluence of stressors: holiday planning in is full force, travel may be ahead, pressures at work to complete project by year-end is high – and school is out. The children are home and need supervision, yet work demands are high.
Campseekers, a wellness benefits company that helps top employers attract and retain working parents by providing access to discounted school break child care options, has expanded to include programs in all 50 states, including Washington, DC.
Overnight camps come in all shapes and sizes, and for many kids, are a phenomenal way to experience independence, develop friendships outside of school, and be exposed to new activities and opportunities. If you’re considering one for your child, but are not sure where to start, the Campseekers team is here to help.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2017 benefits report points out two undeniable facts. The first: companies striving to be top employers are increasing their benefits as much as possible in an effort to remain attractive in a very competitive talent marketplace. Second, as a whole, new options for childcare is somehow still not making it to the top of the list.
With the average employee receiving only about ten days (two weeks) of paid vacation time per year, this leaves 14 weeks a year when parents have no vacation time and kids aren’t in school, putting the traditional U.S. workforce schedule in direct conflict with… Parenthood.
The result? For families, it’s stress. The research and logistics required to find and secure quality school break programs for more than three months each year is draining and distracting.
5…4…3…2…1! School is out and the excitement among children across the U.S. is unreal. Slower mornings, maybe a vacation and some beach time, cookouts, and more. The kids are thrilled, causing most parents to reminisce about how they spent summers as a kid, hoping to provide similar experiences or maybe even something more.
Several area executives have joined the board of advisors of Campseekers, a company that helps top employers retain working parents by providing a wellness benefit of discounted school break childcare programs. Clients include General Dynamics, Spencer Stuart, and Bullhorn, as well as other top employers in the healthcare, legal and technology fields.
Some of Boston’s most well-known employers in healthcare, legal and technology have started offering a new childcare benefit to their employers courtesy of Campseekers, a company that provides exclusive access to discounted summer and school break programs.