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Community Leaders Look at Childcare Issues


These days its hard enough to get a job and then keeping that job is especially tough if you have to leave work a lot to care for sick kids. That's one finding of a comprehensive study of 30 Central Oregon employers and 1000 workers. Monday, community leaders took an in-depth look at the results.  John McLughlin with the "Children and Family Commission of Deschutes County" says they've heard from workers who've lost their jobs because of sick kids. "Biggest problem from our employees is sick children, infants and cost. A lot of people end up leaving their kids with neighbors or relatives and the challenge is that early childhood the first five years of life; as far as brain research, are the most important in terms of stimulation and a lot of important things as far as getting kids ready for school."  He says business owners can help by being flexible and in some cases will qualify for tax breaks and incentives when they help workers solve the child care challenge.

 

 

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