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Announcing the Winners of the 1st Annual Families First Awards!
These three companies or organizations have demonstrated their leadership in implementing family friendly policies and their deep commitment to their employees’ well-being.

Cleveland State University CSU cites its "respect for working parents and their need to balance work and family life" as integral to its institutional philosophy. This is backed up with a host of family-friendly programs—Cafeteria Benefit Plans; Employee Assistance Plans, Dependent Care Assistance Plans, part-time employee benefits, telecommuting, flex-time and compressed workweeks, sick leave for ill children and family members, company-sponsored wellness programs and child care, teen and elder care resource and referral. An on-site fitness facility opens in the fall of 2006. If that isn't enough, tuition benefits are available to salaried and hourly employees, their spouses and eligible dependent children.

U. S. Endoscopy This family-owned medical device maker "puts our employees first and is constantly striving to make U. S. Endoscopy a great place to work". Nothing says that better than the Mentor company’s FREE on-site child care center, where parents are encouraged to drop in and even lunch with their children. The company offers year-round family-oriented events and gives employees a chance to voice opinions and concerns at "town hall" meetings. There are company-sponsored wellness programs, a private lactation room for nursing mothers, Cafeteria Benefits Plans, an Employee Assistance Program and Dependent Care Assistance Program.

YWCA of Cleveland The YMCA works to "enable employees to manage family priorities" and "believes employees should … enjoy time away from work to help balance their lives." One of the hallmarks of its program is a generous paid time-off policy (PTO), where employees have 30 days per year to use for any reason--doctors’ appointments, parent –teacher conferences, vacations, etc. The YWCA also offers a child care center for employees and the community, an Employee Assistance Program, child care, teen and elder care resource and referral, a private lactation room for nursing mothers and periodic programs on work-life balance.Starting Point's mission extends to helping families, children and the community with more than child care and early education. We are committed to helping the whole family with a wide variety of work and family issues. Among these are working with area companies to implement family friendly policies.

Workplace Survey Recently, area businesses completed a survey on "Family Friendly" policies, programs and benefits that help employees meet family needs -- like flextime, parental leave compensation, employee assistance, child care benefits, etc. See the surprising results of this survey by clicking below.

The 2002 Northeast Ohio Work and Family Survey Executive Summary

The 2002 Northeast Ohio Work and Family Survey Results

Workshops for Companies and Organizations Periodically, Starting Point offers technical assistance workshops for employers in Northeast Ohio. For more information, contact Joyce Bresler.

Tax Credits Tax credits are currently available for employers supporting child care. For more information, contact Joyce Bresler.

Links to other organizations serving the community:
National Women's Law Center