Friday, July 17, 2015

KUMC Leadership Team message re: WIMS Child Care Survey results

Copy of campus broadcast email message, 7/14/15


Dear Colleagues:

Many of you participated in a survey a few months ago related to the child care needs of our campus community. Coordinated by the Women in Medicine (WIMS) steering committee in collaboration with resident and faculty organizations, the survey sought information regarding overall need for child care, current and future child care needs, the potential impact of campus child care and important child care characteristics.

Two versions of the survey were available: one for faculty and staff and another for students and residents. A total of 1,629 respondents completed the survey, including 36.6 percent of faculty and staff, 24.6 percent of residents and 7 percent of students. We were very pleased with the overall response rate.
An overwhelming majority of respondents – 92 percent – indicated that they would consider enrolling their children in campus child care. Overall, campus child care was perceived to have a positive impact on work satisfaction and productivity. You can review the full survey results here.
Additional findings included:
  • More than 90 percent agreed that satisfaction, recruitment, retention and advancement would improve with a child care option in the workplace.
  • More than 700 respondents had current needs for child care options, including 244 infants.
    • Sixty percent of those would switch to campus child care if available.
  • Nearly 475 respondents anticipated new full-time child care needs within the next two years.
  • More than 150 respondents anticipated new part-time child care needs within the next two years.
  • Some of the most important features of a child care center were:
    • Cost.
    • Provider qualifications.
    • Hours of operation.
    • Educational programs .
  • Top three themes from written comments were:
    • Important for recruitment and retention.
    • Impact on employee stress and productivity.
    • Symbolic of working environment and how KU Medical Center compares locally and nationally.
I want to thank everyone who took the time to share feedback. Your input is extremely important as we plan for the future.
We are currently developing a long-term space allocation plan in collaboration with the Lawrence campus to determine feasibility for a variety of spaces, including space for child care. As these plans develop further, we will continue to update you regarding these potential initiatives.