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PEARSON EDUCATION CHOSEN AS ONE OF" 100 BEST COMPANIES FOR WORKING MOTHERS" BY WORKING MOTHER MAGAZINE

Cited for Work Life Benefits for Sixth Consecutive Year

We are proud to announce that for the sixth consecutive year, Working Mother magazine has named Pearson Education to its prestigious list of "100 Best Companies for Working Mothers." This annual list cites corporations that recognize the value of meeting the needs of working families.

Companies are judged on the number of work/life programs they offer, the employee usage of these programs and the representation of women throughout the company. Working Mother gives particular weight to three issues: flexible scheduling, because it is essential for working mothers; advancement of women, because it is critical for women in the workplace; and child-care options, because without them, parents can't work.

Pearson Education meets these criteria with a wide array of programs, including working arrangements that provide for telecommuting, job sharing, flex-time and a compressed summer work week. The company provides emergency back-up child care and, for prospective adoptive parents, up to $3,000 in adoption financial aid as well as help through the often frustrating tangle of adoption agency rules and requirements. In addition, employees are encouraged to volunteer in the community through our annual paid 'Day of Caring'.

When compared to many other U.S. companies Pearson Education also competes strongly in advancing women through its ranks. Women comprise approximately 60 percent of Pearson Education's workforce while the majority of our first-line managers are women.

Pearson Education also offers paid leave to care for a seriously ill family member or a new child as well as on-site Geriatric Care Manager programs, benefits still rarely seen among most American companies.