MARIETTA, Ga. — When Marietta City Schools Superintendent Grant Rivera was talking to a teacher earlier this year, he asked what they could do to better support families of district employees. 

The West Side Elementary School teacher explained to him the challenge of finding affordable childcare during teacher work days when classes are not held. 

Because of that conversation, starting in January employees of the district will have access to free childcare for their children during planning and work days when classes are not in session. 

They say they are the first school district in Georgia to offer this benefit. 

The staff childcare program is for children ages 4 to 12. During the current 2019-2020 school year, they'll offer childcare for four days, including pre- and post-planning.

There are just over 50 children currently registered but employees are able to sign-up through October, the district said. 

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