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My daughter now 14 month...

My daughter, now 14 months, was born 2 months premature. Fortunately, she's a strong little girl, but because my husband and I both work, she is in group care. She is very susceptible to the illnesses always found in group care. I have no paid sick days, and because of my 12 week leave last year to care for her, I earned 7.5 vacation days for the whole of 2010. Vacation is obviously out of the question - that amount of time barely covers what I need. This system is failing families when a mother can't be with her sick baby at the doctor appointment to find out what's wrong because she can't leave work. It's shameful to think we put so little value in family life these days.
—MelissaMissouri
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