Monday, December 05, 2005

Important Cost-Effective Support For Families

Today's Nashville City Paper reports of a pilot program of sick-child childcare for non-school-district Metro employees. If the pilot becomes permanent it would be a great investment of local tax dollars since it stands to save Metro money over the long-term by mitigating the costs of worker absenteeism to care for sick children who are refused by private day cares. It seems that this program would be less open to abuse than regular sick-leave benefits, because the employees with sick children would otherwise have no excuse not to be at work and the sick-child childcare center could confirm the presence of sick children. It's a significant step forward in benefits and, as a cost-conscious taxpayer, I hope the idea works.

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