Buddy System

Small Fries

Holly Celeste Fisk

When Julian S. Garza realized his employees were having problems juggling work and child care, he did what any boss would do: He bought a day-care center. Garza subsidizes the costs of child care at the center for parents who work at any of his four McDonald's restaurants in the Albuquerque, New Mexico, area. "Many parents would like to work but for the fact that they have little ones at home," says Garza. His employees pay about 89 cents an hour, compared with more than $2 for nonemployees. So far, eight children of McDonald's employees are cared for there; Garza expects that number to increase as he incorporates the child-care subsidy into his recruitment efforts.

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This article was originally published in the July 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Buddy System.

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