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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Employer can help with summer camp search

Who knew? Many employers like Target, Sprint, Comcast and the IRS offer employees help with their summer child care search. The service falls under their Employee Assistance Plan (EAP). Typically these EAPs help with health care or mental health issues. But there's a work/life program too. This program give employees access to researchers who write down your family's needs -- hours that you need your children occupied, transportation issues, amount you can afford -- and they give you, the working parent, all kinds of information on summer care options. I'm told by two work-life providers, Ceridian and ComPsych, that companies of all sizes have EAPs but many fail to publicize this service to employees. So, if you still are scrambling to find summer childcare while you earn a paycheck, you may want to seek out some research help from your employer.

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