April 15, 2024

Pittsburgh International Airport opens childcare centre

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has opened a new childcare facility for parents on duty.

As previously reported by Onboard Hospitality, companies have faced a number of challenges relating to recruitment since the Covid-19 pandemic. The opening of the new centre, which can host up to 61 children, is part of efforts to entice people back to work following the pandemic.

According to a survey by the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA), 2020’s pandemic drove people out of the workforce.

Women, especially women of colour, are not returning at the same rate as men. Childcare and transportation were also reported as the top two obstacles preventing people from working in aviation.

La Petite Academy

Run by La Petite Academy, the new centre is open from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm between Monday and Friday. Its app, SproutAbout, gives parents regular updates and access to live cameras in each room. 

Infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers will be provided with a STEM-focused curriculum that connects academic skills with real-world applications. There is also a Grow Fit programme focused on helping kids build healthy habits. Indoor and outdoor play areas are available.

Chalkboard at the childcare centre run by La Petite Academy in Pittsburgh International Airport.
Chalkboard at the childcare centre run by La Petite Academy in Pittsburgh International Airport.

Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive of Allegheny County, believes the new childcare centre “will make it easier for people to build their careers” at Pittsburg International Airport, adding “this childcare centre enables the airport authority to amplify regional workforce development.”

Christina Cassotis, CEO of ACAA, said: “The new childcare centre is a step toward bringing staff back and building a more diverse and inclusive workforce at the airport. Everyone deserves access to quality childcare.”

During her visit to the airport in July, First Lady Dr Jill Biden called the new childcare centre ‘revolutionary’.

Pittsburgh joins the Los Angeles and San Francisco airports as one of the few to offer on-site childcare facilities. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is following suit with construction for its own childcare centre underway.