By listening to their workforce, OHSU knew that their professors, scientists, staff, and students would value a quality, on-site child care center—they just needed to find a provider who shared their values to bring their mission to life. OHSU was looking for an expert in early childhood education who could deliver high-quality care during flexible hours, accommodate a busy hospital, and create a center that felt like an extension of the campus.
OHSU partnered with KinderCare Education at Work to build the Healthy Starts Learning Center. Healthy Starts embodies OHSU’s values and sets up children for success. The on-site center features the most current research-based curriculum, sustainable business practices from an Eco-Healthy Child Care® endorsement, and daily fresh, organic meals made from locally sourced ingredients (created in partnership with a KinderCare nutritionist).
Soon after opening their center, OHSU expanded their benefits offerings to include a tuition savings to their working families in the Pacific Northwest.