A $10 million annual commitment was made by The Walt Disney Company to a childcare assistance program for Disneyland Resort Cast Members. This program is aimed at lifting the financial burden for “full- and part-time hourly and salaried Cast Members with children 12 years old and younger.”
Disney CEO Bob Iger said, “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.”
Last August Disney Aspire was announced, which is a program that pays for Cast Member’s tuition upfront allowing them to have access to “a variety of online courses across a network of schools.” These new programs seem to be a response to the bad press Disney had been getting about not paying their Cast Members enough.
Stephen "Steve" Porter started going to the parks with his family in 1996. Since then he hasn't looked back! Steve was a cast member participating in the Disney College Program in 2013. Most recently he graduated from Penn State University!