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WARNER BROS. CHILDREN'S CENTER MARKS OPENING; CANDICE BERGEN TO CUT RIBBON AT BURBANK FACILITY

 WARNER BROS. CHILDREN'S CENTER MARKS OPENING;
 CANDICE BERGEN TO CUT RIBBON AT BURBANK FACILITY
 BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Warner Bros. will mark the completion of its newly constructed Children's Center on the Burbank Ranch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 21, 1992, at noon. The announcement was jointly made today by Robert A. Daly and Terry Semel, chairman and president of Warner Bros., respectively.
 Sharon Feldman, vice president of Employee Relations at Warner Bros., added that actress Candice Bergen, whose hit comedy series, "Murphy Brown," is produced at Warner Bros., will cut the ribbon at an event featuring Warner executives, local civic leaders and staff and directors of the Children's Center.
 The Center, which broke ground last year, is a full-service facility serving children aged three months through five years whose parents are Warner Bros. employees. It provides a safe, nurturing child-care and child-development environment, as well as special programs to meet the needs of families.
 "We are proud to be able to offer this exceptional facility to Warner Bros. employees and their children," said Daly and Semel in a joint statement. "We like to speak of 'the Warner family' in describing our commitment to the people who work here, and this is one way that we can demonstrate our appreciation for the families that are part of this company."
 Located in a 9,500 square-foot one-level structure designed by the Los Angeles architectural firm of Rios-Pearson, the center offers classrooms and playrooms, a lunchroom where hot meals are provided, an inner playground court with several outdoor play areas, a theater arts/storytelling room and an infants' nursery. Warner Bros is the first major film studio to provide a specially built facility for child-care services on its lot.
 "The location of the center enables parents to visit their children during the day, which we believe is an important way for families to stay close even when both parents are working or a single parent is raising children," stated Feldman, who conferred closely with architects, child-development specialists and many other key personnel to help bring the Children's Center into existence.
 When the center opens its doors in October, about 50 children will be enrolled, and the directors expect that enrollment will gradually rise to its capacity of slightly more than 100 children. Families may enroll their children part-time or full-time for one to five days per week. The Children's Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
 The staff/child ratio at the center exceeds all local and federal regulations, with about 40 care providers employed in all. Senior staff have been trained and are affiliated with the Family Resource Centers Inc., a non-profit corporation based in Princeton, N.J., which will operate the Children's Center.
 The executive director of the Warner Bros. Children's Center is Susan Balderston, an expert in the field of early childhood education who has been affiliated with the Family Resource Center (FRC) since 1982 as a teacher and administrator in FRC-operated schools.
 The director of the Children's Center is David Jackson, who has worked with the Family Resource Center for a decade; and the director of infant services is Joan Rice, who has been with the Family Resource Center for 14 years.
 The founders of the Family Resource Centers, Margaret Kornberg and Jeffra Nandan, will attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Warner Bros. and will monitor and direct the services provided to children at the Burbank facility in an ongoing relationship. They created Family Resource Centers Inc. in 1976 to provide educational and support services to families with young children and are currently operating three other sites on the East Coast.
 "We hope that the Children's Center will set a benchmark in our industry for the provision of top-quality on-site child care and that other studios will soon respond to this example," concluded Daly and Semel.
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 /CONTACT: Stacy Ivers of Warner Bros., 818-954-6000/ CO: Warner Bros.; Family Resource Centers Inc. ST: California IN: ENT SU:


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