Starbucks announces subsidized backup childcare for employees
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Starbucks has announced a new employee benefit aimed at remedying the challenge of child or adult caregiving while working.

The company unveiled the “Care@Work” program in a press release this week. The program offers Starbucks employees in the U.S. 10 subsidized backup care days per year.

Ron Crawford, vice president of benefits at Starbucks, said in the release that the program is the “final piece of the puzzle,” coming after other new benefits like paid parental leave and allowing employees to accumulate paid sick time that they can use to care for family members.

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“This is giving our partners resources for things that happen in regular life,” Crawford said. “We wanted to give them something to help fill in the gaps.”

The benefit is being offered in partnership with Care.com, and employees will also receive free premium membership to the website’s database of caregivers.

“We all have needs at home, whether you have children, pets, parents or aging grandparents,” said Starbucks director of benefits Alyssa Brock. “This benefit supports the partner and their family. We are all more than who we are at work.”