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DETROIT EDISON OPENS CHILD-CARE CENTER AT SOUTHFIELD OFFICES

 DETROIT, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- For working parents, the greatest peace of mind comes from knowing their children are well cared for during the workday. That's why Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) has opened a child-care center for the children of all employees.
 The facility, located at the utility's Customer Communications Center in Southfield, celebrates its grand opening today. Designed specially for child care, the 3,800-square-foot facility can serve 45 infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children from six weeks to 5 years old.
 "The employee committee that researched and proposed the design for our Customer Communications Center suggested including a child-care center," said Edward A. Hansen, general director of the center.
 "They saw it ultimately as a way to improve customer satisfaction with our service," he said. "If employees have secure child-care arrangements, they are happier, more productive workers."
 The committee studied other service industries that handle large volumes of customer calls to determine the best design for Detroit Edison's new telephone center, Hansen said. They were impressed by the benefits of a child-care center, and the committee pursued the possibility for Detroit Edison.
 To determine the need for child care, Detroit Edison surveyed 734 employees who work at the Customer Communications Center or live within a five-mile radius of the site, Hansen said.
 "We also studied Detroit-area businesses with on-site child-care centers and interviewed several local and national providers," he said. "Among our concerns were quality of care and programs, business history, price, staff longevity and training."
 Detroit Edison selected Children's World Learning Centers of Golden, Colo., to manage the facility. Licensed by the State Department of Social Services, the center offers individualized learning programs developed by Children's World for each age group of children.
 The facility includes indoor and outdoor play areas, a nursery and a snack area. The 1,500-square-foot outdoor playcourt has a special rubberized coating to prevent injury. The children are provided hot lunches by the food service vendor who serves Detroit Edison employees at the site.
 Secondary Accounts analyst Tounoutha Ivery-Blakely of Southfield feels more secure just knowing her 3-year-old child is nearby.
 "It gives me peace of mind to be able to visit my child during breaks or lunchtime," she said. "It eliminates so may of the concerns that all working parents have about child care."
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 /CONTACT: Mary Kay Bean, 313-237-8809, or Lorie N. Kessler, 313- 237-8807, both of Detroit Edison/
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