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FOUR SEATTLE BUSINESSES FUND FAMILY DAY CARE, RECRUITMENT PROGRAM AS PART OF NATIONAL DEPENDENT CARE COLLABORATIVE

 FOUR SEATTLE BUSINESSES FUND FAMILY DAY CARE, RECRUITMENT PROGRAM
 AS PART OF NATIONAL DEPENDENT CARE COLLABORATIVE
 SEATTLE, Wash., Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Four Seattle businesses announced today that they are committing $75,000 to a joint effort aimed at improving the quality and availability of child and elderly care in the Settle community.
 The four businesses -- AT&T, Digital Equipment Corp., IBM and US WEST -- made their decision to focus on child and elderly care as a result of a community needs assessment that analyzed the area demographics and services available. Based on that analysis, the Family Care Recruitment and Training Program will focus on support for both new care providers through mentoring and one-on-one technical assistance, and current providers through continuing education and training.
 The Seattle effort is part of the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care, a nationwide initiative in which 135 U.S. businesses and organizations have committed $25.4 million in 44 cities for dependent care programs. The goal of this initiative is to attract and retain a productive, motivated workforce so that businesses can be competitive now, and in the future.
 The Seattle businesses jointly commented, "We have joined in a community partnership as part of the American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care to increase the quality and availability of dependent care in the greater Seattle area. By pooling our resources, we can achieve more than we could accomplish if we addressed these needs separately.
 "We recognize the link between employee dependent care concerns and workforce productivity. We believe that we will increase the productivity of our employees by helping them to care for their families. Through the support of this collaborative, we will strengthen our community's dependent care infrastructure to better serve the needs both of our employees and other local residents."
 The project announced today is only a beginning in the effort to address family care issues, and the Seattle collaborative would welcome other businesses or organizations that are interested in joining in the work. A national dependent care consultant, Work Family Directions, has established a toll-free number to handle inquiries. The telephone number is 800-253-5264, extension 4283.
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 /CONTACT: Randy Shields of AT&T, 415-442-2275; Juleigh Rawlings of Digital Equipment Corp., 714-261-4520; Cecilia M. Moseley of IBM, 415-545-4663; or Lisa Bowersock of US WEST, 206-345-6885/ CO: American Business Collaboration for Quality Dependent Care ST: Washington IN: HEA SU:


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