President authorizes child care program for cops’ kids

Ms. Chinchilla is pictured among women police officers and their children.

More than 400 children of female police officers will receive day care under a new program launched by President Laura Chinchilla.

The president chose Monday, el Día de la Madre, to inaugurate the program, which is affiliated with the country’s Centros Infantiles de Atención Integral and Centros de Educación y Nutrición. She issued a decree that authorizes the program. Fernando Marín, minister of Bienestar y Familia, said that his agency will put more resources in the hands of the nation’s child care network to improve the infrastructure and coverage.

The special program is for women who work with the Fuerza Pública under the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policia y Seguirdad Pública. The coverage is supposed to be nationwide, and there is supposed to be a national network of Centros de Cuido y Desarrollo Infantil. President Chinchilla inaugurated one such center in Quircot de Cartago Saturday. The investment was 92 million colons or about $184,000.

Part of the money for caring for children of police officers probably will come from the tax on corporations that lawmakers are on the verge of passing. Ms. Chinchilla mentioned the tax Monday.

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