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QUALITY CHILD CARE IS KEY TO FUTURE

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To the editor:

As more of Utah's families find it increasingly difficult to financially support themselves on one income, child care has become a critical economic and family policy issue (more women work in Utah than the national average).The quality of care young children receive will determine whether they will become productive and self-sufficient citizens. Quality child care is in Utah's best interest and is a key to our future growth and development.

I would like to commend the following representatives and businesses for demonstrating their concern for Utah's young children and families by attending the child-care conference co-sponsored by the Governor's Commission on Child Care and the Coalition for Utah's Future. Our representatives in attendance included: Jeanette Hales, Brent Goodfellow, Afton Bradshaw, Dave Jones, Nolan Karras, Paula Julander, Rex Black and Hugh Rush.

Businesses in attendance included: AT&T, KUTV, American Express, Unisys, Intermountain Health Care, FHP, University of Utah, Bonneville International, Northwest Pipeline and Utah state government. This conference brought together leaders from all segments of our state to begin to solve the child-care crisis.

The provision of quality child care won't become a reality unless we all play a part to ensure our children are receiving good care. As citizens concerned about Utah's future, ask elected officials for their stands on child care. Vote for officials who support policies directed at high-quality care for all our children. Speak up about child-care needs, at PTA meetings, church groups and in your workplace. The time to act is now, our children cannot afford to wait.

Cheryl Wright

Governor's Commission on Child Care