The retailer is teaming up with WeeCare to increase access to quality childcare for Penney’s 50,000 employees across the country.

Associates in all areas of the company, from stores to supply chain facilities to corporate offices, will be eligible for the new benefit.

The partnership will leverage WeeCare’s vast network of in-home day-cares, nannies and babysitters to provide working parents and guardians with access to quality, dependable and affordable childcare options. The program aims to provide care flexibility whether through cost savings, a shorter drive to and from childcare centres or allowing working families more flexibility, according to Penney.

WeeCare’s dedicated care managers will be available 24/7 to assist Penney employees in matching with the best caregivers to meet their specific needs, organising day-care tours and provider interviews, and facilitating enrollment to begin care. (The flexibility of WeeCare’s network enables parents to find day-cares, nannies, or babysitters conveniently located either to their home or place of employment.)  The care managers will, in essence, take care of all the time-consuming tasks that come with finding the right caregiver.

“We are always reviewing and refining our offerings to enable our associates and their families to thrive,” said Andre Joyner, Chief Human Resources Officer for JC Penney. “Our partnership with WeeCare will make it easier for our dedicated JCPenney associates to find the care they need for their family, allowing them greater flexibility, savings, and support.”