Thursday, May 11, 1989
South San Francisco, Calif. -- May 11, 1989 --With 3.1 births per week to employees, Genentech saw a growing need for a corporate day care center. Today, the biotechnology company is holding a grand opening for 2nd Generation, its new day care center with a capacity of 258 children, the largest corporate preschool center in the United States.
Corporate assistance for day care is a growing trend, but only four corporations in the San Francisco Bay Area and an estimated 200 nationwide provide on-site facilities. More than half of American women with preschool children work, up four times from 1950. The average age of Genentech's 1,800 employees is 34 and 1,500 work at its South San Francisco headquarters.
Thus far, 90 children, ages six weeks through six years, are enrolled in 2nd Generation, the 13-classroom, custom-built, 19,500 square foot day care center. It is a model day care program, operated by HeadsUp! Child Development Center, which offers expert care and developmental guidance. The program consists of five components: quality care, developmental activities, play curriculum, daily activity reports and parental support.
"Genentech owes its success to our outstanding employees," said G. Kirk Raab, president and chief operating officer. "Investing in a corporate day care center is well worth the return in greater employee peace of mind and productivity. Corporate day care is a benefit that should be made available to more American workers," he said.
Genentech subsidizes a portion of the day care center cost and makes scholarships available to employees with family incomes of less than $25,000. The center is open every working day from 7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. A parent advisory council offers advice from parents on the day care program.
Genentech, Inc. is a biotechnology company focusing on the development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceutical products produced by recombinant DNA technology.
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