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COMPANIES CAN GET WELL WITH SICK CHILD CARE PLAN

 COMPANIES CAN GET WELL WITH SICK CHILD CARE PLAN
 LOS ANGELES, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Lend-A-Hand Child Care


Assistance Program, a service that provides working parents with employer-subsidized vouchers for sick child care and a network of temporary care providers, was introduced today by The Voucher Corp., the U.S. leader in child and dependent care voucher benefits plans.
 Lend-A-Hand is designed to give working parents an alternative to staying home from the job when regular care arrangements fail or a child is mildly ill and unable to attend its normal day care or school. To cover the cost of special temporary care, parents receive help from their employer in the form of a voucher, which subsidizes all or a major portion of the care costs.
 "We see this program as a solution to a tough problem facing working parents and their employers today," says Denise Lilley, chief executive officer for The Voucher Corp. "With the Lend-A-Hand program, parents can take their child to pre-arranged alternative care and report to work on time. The employer, in turn, no longer loses the employee's services for a full day when a child care problem arises."
 Lend-A-Hand currently is available only in California, Illinois and Wisconsin, but The Voucher Corp. now is busy enlisting care providers for mildly-ill children and back-up providers into its national networks, says Donna Martino, Midwest regional sales manager and one of many Voucher employees who've been working for several years to develop the new program.
 Under the program, employees will have access to a data base of providers, including in-home care providers, hospital-based care and private sick child care centers. The Voucher Corp. pre-registers children with three providers of the parents' choice so that care alternatives are in place prior to needing such services.
 Another key component of the program is making this alternative care more affordable to working parents. The Voucher Corp. contracts with employers to subsidize all or a portion of the occasional care in the form of vouchers. On the day the parent uses an alternative care service, the working mom or dad receives a voucher from the company's human resources department and gives it to the provider as full or partial payment.
 The Voucher Corp. is the U.S. leader in child and dependent care voucher benefit plans with regional offices in Chicago, Dallas, Cleveland, Los Angeles and Atlanta, maintains a toll-free information line at 800-531-CVCV to answer questions about voucher benefits for working parents and their employers.
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 /CONTACT: Jill Esterbrooks of Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger, 619-236-1332, for The Voucher Corp./ CO: The Voucher Corp. ST: California IN: SU:


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