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Pasadena : Child-Care Program OKd

A city-employee child-care program and a $100,000 loan program to operate child-care centers in Northwest Pasadena were approved Tuesday by the Board of Directors.

Under the $171,020 Model Employer Program, the city will provide a subsidy to low- and moderate-income city employees who need help paying for child care. The board approved providing $142,000 to such payments that are expected to average about $87 monthly for very low-income city workers.

The program also provides six months of unpaid maternity leave for city workers who could return to a reduced work week of 20 hours. City employees would be allowed to take sick leave for family emergencies or to care for a sick child.

Under the Northwest Child Care Trust Fund, three-year loans at 5% interest would be provided to family day-care homes and child-care centers in Northwest Pasadena, the city’s largest minority neighborhood.

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The model employer program is an effort by the city to set an example and to encourage private businesses in Pasadena to set up child-care programs. Only Santa Monica and Irvine offer similar subsidies to city employees.

The Pasadena loan program will begin July 1, but the city’s child-care program will initially serve only management and non-union employees. Labor unions representing about 1,200 of the city’s 1,600 workers must agree to the child-care program before it goes into effect for unionized employees.


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