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Warner, Mildred E. "Child Care and Economic Development: The Role for Planners." PAS Memo, American Planning Association. Jan./Feb. 2006

The challenge of child care extends beyond the concerns of working families. It affects land-use planning, economic development strategies, and both public and private finance. The child care sector, as an emerging market, needs the attention of both professional planners and economic development professionals to help address its market challenges and ensure it is included as part of the community planning process. Planners are uniquely trained to cross boundaries and facilitate communication and collaboration across sectors. That role is needed now as the child care community reaches out to business and economic development leaders. Planners can and should play a key facilitation role to ensure these new collaborations represent a sharing of power and expertise.

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Subject: Child Care,Economic Development,Planning