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ADVISORY/''Quality Counts'' -- A Public/Private Childcare Initiative to be Rolled Out to Eastern Alameda County Childcare Centers; Centers in Livermore, Pleasanton and Dublin to Participate in Pilot Program

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Washington Mutual (NYSE:WM):

Who: Representatives of First 5 of Alameda County, the Tri-Valley Community Foundation, Washington Mutual, and representatives from the eight family child care providers and child care centers that have agreed to participate in this pilot program.

What: Kick-off event of a new two-year pilot program designed to help improve the quality of care at family-run child care centers in Alameda County

Where: Shaklee World Headquarters (Tahoe Room), 4747 Willow Road in Pleasanton.

When: Friday, January 27, 2006, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Why: Quality Counts combines program assessment, consultation, financial and technical assistance to produce measurable improvements in childcare quality, which parents, childcare providers, and experts in the field have identified as a top concern. Washington Mutual is providing the financial assistance to allow the program to operate in Eastern Alameda County.

CONTACT: Washington Mutual
Alan Elias, 415-278-4189
First 5 of Alameda County
Nancy Lee, 510-875-2483
Tri-Valley Community Foundation
David Rice, 925-734-9965

SOURCE: Washington Mutual