Early Childhood Learning@100%: Innovation 3
Engaging the Private Sector
The projects presented in the ten innovations areas are all designed to address barriers to vital services. Action teams should review all projects and prioritize those that have the best chance of addressing the barriers identified in the 100% New Mexico countywide survey. Your collaborative and result-focused local work is nothing less than heroic.
Project: Early Childhood Learning.3.1
Project 1: The “will our boss support that?” project
The idea of a private company giving an employee a free bus pass is nothing new, but it may be new for employers to provide a subsidy for some forms of early childhood learning programs. This would be an innovation to present to your chamber of commerce and local elected leadership.
Project: Early Childhood Learning.3.2
Project 2: The “tax credits for early childhood learning” project
Employers may be able to receive a tax credit for assisting employees with childcare, up to $150,000 per year. These benefits supplement those tax benefits already afforded to working parents and incentivize employers to provide further support.
Journal of Accountancy: https://aae.how/155
Project: Early Childhood Learning.3.3
Project 3: The “companies that go above and beyond” project
Here is a listing of eleven companies from the Penny Hoarder website that do a hero ic job of supporting families that are employed by them. Companies include grocery store chains, food manufacturing, clothing and outdoor companies, IT and finance. Not every company offers free childcare but they do make the effort to support working parents.
The Penny Hoarder: https://aae.how/156