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  • rougherneck rougherneck Oct 7, 2013 6:48 AM Flag

    In New Housing Complex for Facebook, Dogs Get Daycare, Kids Don't

    In New Housing Complex for Facebook, Dogs Get Daycare, Kids Don't
    By Sheelah Kolhatkar October 07, 2013

    Pet lovers surely rejoiced when Facebook (FB) revealed that the new $120 million, 394-unit housing compound being built near its offices in Menlo Park, Calif., will be tricked out with sweet amenities including doggy daycare. “One of Facebook’s corporate goals is to take care of as many aspects of its employees lives as possible,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

    Facebook and Northern California residential real estate developer St. Anton Partners are developing the housing complex, which will reportedly include a sports bar, laundry and dry cleaning facilities, hairstylists, woodworking classes and a place to get your bike fixed. What there won’t be is daycare for human children.

    Finding affordable, convenient, quality childcare is the biggest challenge for working parents in the U.S., men and women alike. As Jonathan Cohn recently pointed out in a New Republic piece called The Hell of American Day Care: “About 8.2 million kids—about 40 percent of children under five—spend at least part of their week in the care of somebody other than a parent.” Parents with the means can usually find acceptable options if they’re willing to pay for them, but the majority are left with substandard facilities to choose from—if there are any at all—and even those can be cripplingly expensive. Cohn calls the system “Dickensian.”

    Some big technology companies have discovered the benefits of offering child care to employees—Google (GOOG), famously, has one of the best on-site programs around, although it came in for some criticism when the company had to raise the prices it charges a few years ago. It helps employees work smarter and more efficiently, and it’s likely to keep working parents, especially women, in their jobs after they have children rather than forcing them to drop out, which can have devastating financial (not to mention psychological) consequences.

 
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