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Local governments consider childcare to attract public input

BERLIN, GERMANY - OCTOBER 05: 11-month-old Lucy crawls in the playroom of the "Jule" facility for single parents as her mother nancy Kett, 19, (not pictured) looks on in Marzahn-Hellersdorf district on October 5, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. The Jule project helps single parents by helping them to find jobs, job training and housing, advice on child development and day care in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, a district in east Berlin with high levels of unemployment and social problems. Currently 14 single mothers and one single father are participaring at Jule, which opened its doors in the spring of 2012. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

SUN PRAIRIE — The city of Sun Prairie is among government entities thinking about providing free childcare at its meetings to increase the public’s participation.

Alderwoman Theresa Stevens says it would encourage people, particularly those 24 to 45 who have young children, to participate in the government process. The pilot program would make two childcare workers available for each of the 314 city meetings each year at a cost of about $23,000.

The program will next be considered at the city’s budget meeting on Tuesday. The State Journal says Madison and Dane County are looking at similar initiatives.

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