Developing Child Friendly Policies and Procedures


Flex-Time Options


  • Compressed Time: Full-time work with more hours per day, but fewer days per week.


  • Flexible Scheduling: Employees adjust their arrival and departure times around designated “core hours” or a certain number of hours per day or week.


  • Job Sharing: Two or more people share one fulltime job.


  • Part-time options: Part-day, part-week, part-month, or part-year work involving prorated pay and benefits.


  • Telecommuting: Employees work from home one or more days a week.



Leave Policies


  • Extended Parental Leave: Time off for the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a child with serious health problems. Leave time may be paid or unpaid and the policy provides a guarantee of the same or equivalent job when returning to work


  • Use of Sick Leave for Family Illness: Employees who receive a varying number of paid sick days can use these days to care for any ill family member.


  • Personal Leave: Allows employees a specified number of days (with or without pay) to deal with unexpected, short-term emergencies.


  • Paid Time Off (PTO) Bank: Employees are given a total number of PTO days per year, which they can use for vacation, sick leave or personal business.


Did You Know?


Child care costs are often so high that they create an impediment to work.  Child care costs consume an average of 10 percent of the total family income.  For low income families, however, these costs rise to more than 25 percent of total income.