New work-life report reveals parents seeking low-cost summer care Options

CHICAGO, April 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Low-cost summer camp requests have almost doubled since 2008, according to a new work-life report released today by ComPsych. Overall summer care requests have increased by 7 percent as more working parents seek help from ComPsych Work-Life services. ComPsych Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources brand.

“Working parents are increasingly looking for help in locating free or reduced-cost options for summer care and activities,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. “This is a major change from pre-recession trends, which included more-expensive options such as sports or performing arts-themed camps.

“Employers who support their workforce with ComPsych programs – including a staff of experienced work-life specialists who can research low-cost summer alternatives – will see better productivity, less distraction and less stress in their employees.”

Key findings of the report:

  • As a percentage of overall work-life calls, summer care requests have increased by 7 percent in 2011, with parents seeking less-expensive alternatives for their summer needs.
  • Camp requests overall have increased to 42 percent, surpassing Infant and Toddler Care.
  • Nanny Service requests have dropped from 9 percent to 6 percent, as in-home care has become increasingly cost prohibitive for many families.
  • Requests for relatively expensive summer camps, such as sports and performing arts-themed camps, are less than half of early 2008 levels, before the recession.

To see the report, click here and to see the accompanying video, click here.

About ComPsych

ComPsych® Corporation is the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs (EAP) and is the pioneer and worldwide leader of fully integrated EAP, behavioral health, wellness, work-life, HR and FMLA administration services under the GuidanceResources® brand. ComPsych provides services to more than 13,000 organizations covering more than 35 million individuals throughout the U.S. and over 100 countries. By creating “Build-to-Suit” programs, ComPsych helps employers attract and retain employees, increase employee productivity and improve overall health and wellbeing. Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ComPsych.

SOURCE ComPsych Corporation