EDUCATION

New family center provides Campbell’s employees with child care option

BY Raven Santana, Correspondent |

It’s take your child to work day every day at the Campbell Soup Company, which celebrated the grand opening of their new child care facility at its world headquarters in Camden.

“Today, there are more than 150 children enrolled in our family center, 50 more than we had before. Thanks to the expanded capacity, we’ll be able to accommodate even more Campbell kids,” said Campbell Soup Company President and CEO Denise Morrison.

The newly constructed 17,000 square foot, state-of-the-art family center has a 9,200 square foot playground and houses 13 classrooms where the curriculum includes science, literacy, cooking, technology and gardening are taught. The facility is in partnership with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, which operates the center.

“We take infants as early as few months and we’ll then make sure they transition all the way through to toddlers and preschoolers and then they are ready to go to school wherever they choose to go to school,” explained Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer.

The child care program that is subsidized by Campbell’s currently offers both part-time and full-time child care to employees from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., where they offer breakfast, lunch and a snack.

Campbell’s considers the family center as more than just a daycare, saying that it gives children a place to learn and grow, while giving employees a chance to further their career.

“And so, what an onsite center like the Campbell’s Family Center affords is the opportunity for them to come to work and be really close to their child. So we find a disproportionate number of returning mothers and fathers will actually come back to work,” said Kramer. “It used to be when opportunities like this didn’t exist, moms might decide that they want to stay home instead of returning at work because they couldn’t find appropriate care. In addition to that, during the time that their children are at the center, they don’t look at other opportunities.”

Employee and parent Jenn Nocito says the onsite child care gives her the freedom to focus on work, rather than the safety of her son, Luke.

“So you can’t watch the kids all day and you’re trusting the teachers, but then your friends and co-workers are walking through every day and you’ll see that the windows are open so you can see into all the classrooms as you walk around,” said Nocito. “It gives me comfort to not have to worry about where he is or what’s going on so I can focus more on my job when I’m at work. Knowing that I have a say here because it’s tied so closely to Campbell, we’re really involved in how the program works and Bright Horizons takes our input and kind of changes and moves with us as parents. It’s a true partnership.”