The History of Take Your Child To Work Day


The Bring Your Kid to Work Day board in the hallway at LCN!

   The first Take Your Child to Work celebration took place on April 22nd, 1993. The day, formerly called Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, is usually celebrated on the fourth Tuesday of April. This was developed by the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation, a non-profit educational organization, which revolves around parents taking their children to work so they can learn the value of education, as well as expose them to future job possibilities. It was officially expanded in 2003 to include boys, although most companies that participate had allowed girls and boys since the beginning. The official website says that the programs “help youth maintain a positive and healthy self-image, help them raise their future aspirations and help them overcome societal barriers in order to reach their full potential.” This day can be influential for children because it may help them decide what they want, or don’t want, to do as a career path in the future. The Ms. Foundation for Women, which started the whole day, says that  men who have hosted children have benefited from being seen as parental figures in addition to their roles as professionals, which can contribute to combating gender stereotypes as well. Overall, this day can have many positive effects on children, as well as letting them get a feel for the workplace while having fun!