We hear quite a bit about family friendly employers, companies, etc. But what about the related professional organizations - the societies and councils, etc that provide professional development, training and education to today's workforce?
My national professional organization - the National Council for University Research Administrators - has instituted a new offering at our annual national meeting to encourage more working parents to attend, and to be sensitive to the needs of parents with young children. They are offering "Camp NCURA" - professional daycare in the form of a camp - for all 2.5 days of the conference. It will be co-located at the hotel with the conference and will be open to children 6 months to 12 years old. Age-appropriate activities, professional, licensed supervision, play areas, meals and snacks will all be provided. To make it even better, the cost is only $40 for each kid for the entire 2.5 day period. They are also offering additional evening hours for an additional fee.
While I don't have kids in that age range - and probably wouldn't want to shell out for a bigger/additional hotel room and flights to DC if I did - I'm thoroughly impressed. This will enable many parents to attend the conference that can't (or won't) be away from their kids for 3-4 days. I would imagine it will be particularly appealing to single parents. I'll be very interested to see what kind of attendance they have at the "camp".
I don't know if I have a related debate question in particular, just thought this might provoke some interesting discussion.