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FIRST UNION BEGINS CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL PROGRAM

 FIRST UNION BEGINS CHILD CARE RESOURCE AND REFERRAL PROGRAM
 CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Finding good day care will be easier for some 25,000 First Union employees across the country now, thanks to the corporation's Child Care Resource and Referral Program that begins today.
 Parents in any of the company's 36 states may call a toll-free number to get in touch with parent counselors in their own communities who can help provide day care alternatives. The counselors will help employees clarify their child care needs for types of services, location and costs, and then call back within 48 hours with at least three available openings with certified providers who meet those needs.
 In areas where severe shortages of care exist, the program works to recruit, train and establish new care givers so that First Union helps not only its employees, but also the community. The service is another part of First Union's Work/Family Life program to help employees balance the demands of job and home.
 "The value of our new child care program is that we not only give employees referrals, but we also give them knowledgeable experts who will help employees identify their own needs and then do the legwork to find confirmed openings that match those needs," said Joan Hope, First Union's Work/Family coordinator. "This program will do in 48 hours what it might take an employee weeks to do."
 When First Union employees get their referrals, they also receive guidance on what to look for when they visit the day care provider to make their selections. Employees receive:
 * A "Child Care Handbook," an A to Z manual for today's
 working families;
 * A checklist with tips for interviewing child care
 providers;
 * Information on state licensing requirements;
 * "Questions Working Parents Ask," a pamphlet geared to
 the age of the child, mailed to the employee after the child
 has started care;
 * Specialized publications covering such topics as in-
 home child care and care for school-age children.
 "The counselor also follows up to see if the parent found appropriate care," Hope said. "The partnership between the parent and First Union's Child Care Resource and Referral Program continues as long as the employee needs assistance."
 To provide the service, First Union has contracted with Boston-based Work/Family Directions Inc., human resource firm that has an extensive network of child care resource affiliates throughout the country.
 The service is one of several programs resulting from First Union's Work/Family Life Task Force created in 1989. First Union's Corporate Philosophy on Work and Family Life says: "First Union is committed to providing a working environment that fosters productive employment, while recognizing the importance of each employee's role as a family member outside of work. To this end, First Union strives to promote programs and policies that support this commitment."
 Last year, First Union introduced its alternative scheduling policy, which invites employees to explore options such as flextime, compressed work weeks, job sharing, voluntary reduced work time, parental phase-in and retirement phase-out. The company also gives employees paid time away from work to visit or volunteer in schools.
 First Union Corporation (NYSE: FTU FTUpr)is the nation's 12th- largest bank holding company, based on assets of $48.1 billion as of March 31, 1992.
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 /CONTACT: Sandy Deem, First Union Corporation, 704-374-2710/
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