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Columbia Pictures and Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that they will build and jointly operate a 14,000-square-foot child care center on their shared studio lot. Construction is scheduled to begin in early summer, with opening tentatively set for next spring. The center will accommodate up to 90 children (45 from each company) in three age groups: infants, toddlers and preschool. Executives for the two companies said the center represents "an ideal situation for working parents who will have an opportunity to make quality daytime visits, and who can work productively with the confidence that their children are being well cared for nearby. This program is essential in today's working world, with an increasing number of women balancing career and family. We believe it will also benefit our companies in attracting and retaining the best employees in all areas of our operations."

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