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Governments consider child care to attract public input

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) — The city of Sun Prairie is among the government entities considering providing free child care at its meetings to encourage public participation.

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

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

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