Childcare for Parents on the Night Shift

For the millions of parents in service industries, a major challenge is finding quality childcare when you don’t have a 9-to-5 schedule.

A position paper from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United provides a list of challenges: finding childcare that is convenient (many service workers have long commutes), affordable, accommodates work schedules that frequently change, and most important, provides a safe, quality environment for children. The problems are especially acute for service workers that depend on tips because the highest earning shifts are often nights and weekends. One mom said her schedule can include getting home from work at 2 a.m., then having to get her children ready for school at 6 a.m.

Many employers cannot, or do not, accommodate the needs for childcare, reducing the parent’s job advancement opportunities. 44% of working mothers say they have experienced negative consequences at work due to their childcare needs.

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