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Conferences score well on child care

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Science  14 Dec 2018:
Vol. 362, Issue 6420, pp. 1229
DOI: 10.1126/science.362.6420.1229-b

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This year, 68% of major scientific conferences held in North America provided child care support for parent attendees, Science has found. An even larger share—94%—made a lactation room available for nursing mothers. "That's good," a biologist and mother told Science. But those statistics should be 100%, she added. Science examined resources available to parents at 34 meetings, each attended by more than 1000 scientists. Of the conferences that supplied child care support, 83% arranged for licensed providers to operate at conference facilities and 22% offered child care grants.