What Price Child Care?

When S.C. Johnson & Son decided in 1985 that it needed to offer employee child care to attract and retain top talent to its bucolic Racine (Wisc.) headquarters, it didn't scrimp. Today, 400 children from newborn to age 12 use Johnson Wax 's state-of-the-art child-care center in a company-owned park with boating lake and Olympic-size swimming pool. Not only is care offered before and after school for older kids, there's even day camp during school vacations. The cost for day care--$90 to $115 a week--is less for employees making less than $60,000 annually. "This isn't a benefit--it's a good business decision because we want to attract the best," says JoAnne Brandes, an attorney and a founder of the program. "I only wish they had this when my child was born."

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