Corporate-Sponsored On-Site Centers for the Young (COSYs): Employers' and workers' perceptions of their impact on worksites

Date of Award




Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)


Educational Leadership

First Committee Member

Robert J. Simpson - Committee Chair

Second Committee Member

Liz Rothlein - Committee Member


This study examined employers' and workers' perceptions of the impact of Corporate-Sponsored On-Site Centers for the Young (COSYs) on their worksites in Florida. The research addressed four areas of concern regarding COSYs: impact on corporate life; meeting the workers' needs; perceived cost factors; and establishment of the COSYs.The population of this study was the 43 institutions in Florida identified as having COSYs. The human resource directors from the institutions were surveyed by a mailed questionnaire. Two Dade County institutions were selected for more in-depth research. At these representative institutions, the human resource directors were surveyed and interviewed. Workers whose children were enrolled in the COSYs at these two institutions were also surveyed.The COSYs were perceived by employers and workers to have a positive impact on the following aspects of the corporate climate: company image; recruitment; morale; employee stress; job satisfaction; overtime capabilities; absenteeism; community relations; return from parental leave; turnover; and productivity. Sixty percent of the employer-respondents perceived the COSYs to be a factor when workers were seeking employment with and choosing to remain employed by their present institution. Ninety-four percent of the employer-respondents perceived the workers to be satisfied with their decision to enroll their children in the COSYs. Fifty-two percent of the employer-respondents were considering expanding their COSYs in the near future. Acceptance of the start-up costs of the COSYs and the costs of subsidizing them was related to satisfaction with the COSYs' enrollment. Although the survey respondents were primarily from health-related fields, this study indicated that the survey results can be applied to all institutions.These findings have implications for today's economy. The number of available Florida child care facilities is insufficient to meet the demand of the thousands of children on waiting lists. This research confirms that COSYs are a viable alternative for today's workforce needs. The same institutions that consider subsidizing medical benefits and retirement funds (a normal cost of doing business) must begin to make child care a regular part of their fringe benefit package.


Education, Early Childhood; Sociology, Individual and Family Studies; Sociology, Industrial and Labor Relations; Sociology, Public and Social Welfare

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