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AT&T CAMP MONEY HELPS PARENTS FACE SUMMER

 AT&T CAMP MONEY HELPS PARENTS FACE SUMMER
 NEW YORK, May 4 /PRNewswire/ -- When school lets out, who's going


to watch the kids? To address this seasonal headache for working parents -- about half of whom have children under 18 -- AT&T announced today the donation of almost $400,000 to summer camp programs in seven states around the country.
 The money will help create camping programs, extend camp hours and expand programs so that more children can attend.
 -- Seven camp programs near Chicago received $91,100.
 -- Four camps around Dallas received $82,200.
 -- Four camp programs in Maryland and Virginia received $43,200.
 -- Three camps in each of three areas -- Orlando, Fla.; Merrimack Valley, Mass.; and Denver -- received a total of $180,300.
 According to Work/Family Directions, a Boston-based consulting firm that specializes in family care, companies are beginning to focus on needs that address the complex care of older children and teenagers -- often a source of tension for working parents. Previously, corporate efforts in childcare tended to focus primarily on employees' infants and pre-school children.
 Surveys and interviews at AT&T over the years suggested that anxiety at home often spilled over into the workplace, increasing on-the-job stress and hampering productivity. A confidential poll taken in the '80s indicated that the biggest headache for employees was caused by adolescent sons and daughters.
 Companywide counseling programs today continue to bear out that employee concern.
 Such data help lead to child- and elder-care programs for AT&T employees three years ago -- and influenced the decision to provide aid to camps this summer. AT&T parents will have first crack at enrolling their children in the expanded camp programs.
 Deborah Stahl, director of AT&T Family Care Development Fund, said, "Many working mothers and fathers say they want their children in local camps rather than turning their offspring into 'latchkey kids.' The camp grants will alleviate at-home pressure for a number of employees -- especially single parents who can't share summertime responsibilities with a spouse."
 Dr. Jeffrey Spector, a child psychologist in Livingston, N.J., believes that young people who attend summer programs are more able to cope with stress -- and grow up better adjusted -- than children who fend for themselves when school is out. "Based on seven years as a camp psychologist, I've seen all kinds of youngsters blossom during camp. Knowing that an adult is in charge -- and responsible for them -- campers are better able to use their energy, develop appropriate social skills and simply enjoy healthy, old fashioned fun. Also, working parents whose kids are in summer programs generally feel less anxiety than parents of unsupervised children,"
 The fund has awarded more than $4.6 million to 198 community based child and elder care projects in 21 states. The fund was launched by the company, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in 1989 to help employees balance their work and family responsibilities.
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