Search Is on for the Delaware Valley's "Best Employer"

Aug 07, 2009, 12:00 ET from Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children

Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) Announces Applications Are Now Available for "Best Delaware Valley Employer for Working Parents Year 2009 Awards"

Employees from Southeastern Pennsylvania, South Jersey and Delaware are encouraged to nominate family-friendly businesses

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC) is seeking nominations of local companies that offer excellent support to parents of young children for its "Best Employer for Working Parents" award. Applications are available online at www.dvaeyc.org or by calling 215-893-0130. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 31, 2009.

Delaware Valley employers that offer on-site or nearby child care, provide flex hours or telecommute options to employees, and welcome children to visit the workplace are excellent candidates and are encouraged to apply. Working from the home through telecommuting is continuing to be valued by staff and employers as an alternative, productive work style. And, even with the current economic downturn, according to Philly.com, the telecommuting trend showed no signs of slowing. Earlier this summer, the website reported that twelve million employees regularly worked at least 8 hours per week from home in 2007.

This year marks DVAEYC's 15th annual Best Employers for Working Parents Award recognizing Delaware Valley companies that demonstrate leadership and innovation in creating family supportive environments for working parents. One outstanding company will be selected in September and honored at the agency's signature fall event, "The Champions for Young Children Celebration." This year's winner will be commended in conjunction with Senator Bob Casey, the 2009 Champion for Young Children.

To be eligible, companies must be committed to family-friendly programs and benefits for all parents who need services within their organizations. They must be located in the five-county Southeastern Pennsylvania region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties; Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties in South Jersey; or New Castle County, Delaware.

"Adopting work/life benefits is the best way to conduct business," said DVAEYC Executive Director Sharon Easterling. "Employers who go the extra mile to make their workers' lives easier should be recognized. We encourage employees throughout the region to nominate their employers who are committed to working families."

While it can be challenging, countless employers have made this investment and earned the coveted DVAEYC award. Previous winners of the Best Employers for Working Parents Awards are Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Holy Redeemer Health System, MEDecisions, University of Pennsylvania; Manko, Gold, Katcher & Fox, LLP; W.I. Gore & Associates; JP Morgan Chase-Delaware, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, PNC Financial Services Group Inc.; Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals; Analytical Graphics, Inc.; Advertising Specialty Inc; Cendant Mortgage; Charming Shoppes, Inc.; CIGNA; Doylestown Hospital; The ECS Corporation; Eighteenth Street Development Corp.; IBM Corp.; Merck & Co.; SEI Investments Corporation; Support Center for Child Advocates; The Vanguard Group; Vertex; and the YMCA of Chester County.

DVAEYC champions high quality early care and education for all young children (birth-eight) in the Southeastern Pennsylvania through professional development, advocacy, and public engagement.

DVAEYC is a 2,000-member, regional chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) serving Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Continuing education credit is available for many of the programs and services DVAEYC provides. For more information, visit www.dvaeyc.org or call 215-893-0130.

SOURCE Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children