Disneyland Resort will begin offering financial assistance for childcare to full- and part-time hourly and salaried Cast Members. Disneyland has made a commitment of $10 million annually to launch this new program.

What’s happening:

  • In a letter to Cast Members, Disneyland President Josh D’Amaro announced that the resort would be launching a new program to cover the cost of childcare for full- and part-time Cast Members.  
  • In an effort to ease some financial burdens Cast Members face, this program will give hourly and salaried employees the option of selecting childcare for their children up to 12 years old.
  • D’Amaro revealed that Disneyland Resort has made a commitment of $10 million annually to launch this comprehensive program that will feature a selection of licensed facilities in multiple locations.
  • Financial assistance will be determined based on a variety of factors including:
    • Household size
    • Gross annual household income
    • Space availability
  • Payments for childcare would be made directly to the providers, eliminating the need for any reimbursement.

Did you know?:

  • This new program will be one of many options available to Cast Members with children? In addition to financial assistance for childcare, Cast Members can take advantage of:
    • Backup care
    • Childcare referral assistance and center discounts
    • Homework help
    • Parenting educational resources

What they’re saying:

  • Bob Iger, Disney Chairman and CEO: “Making quality childcare more accessible and affordable is the latest addition to a growing package of innovative programs that reflect our ongoing commitment to expand opportunities and improve the lives of our Cast Members. As with our Disney Aspire education initiative, my hope is that everyone who can benefit from this support will take full advantage of it.”
  • Josh D’Amaro,  Disneyland Resort President: “Over the course of the past year, I’ve frequently talked about three priorities for our business: putting our Cast first; supporting our community; and being innovative in our commercial efforts. I call these the three Cs, and it is no coincidence that I always list Cast first.”
  • Josh D’Amaro: “Earlier this year we conducted focus groups with a number of Cast Members to get their thoughts about childcare. To no surprise, Cast Members identified ‘cost’ as their most important concern.”

Another great Cast Member program:

  • Last fall, Disney launched the Disney Aspire program which provides 100% free tuition for hourly full- and part-time Cast Members at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
  • This past week, Walt Disney World announced a they were teaming up with UCF to provide on campus and online courses for Cast Members.