I would like to publicly thank the organizers, funders (Elsevier New Scholars Program grant) and caregivers (at A+ Childcare To You) who provided childcare at the recent Evolution 2010 meeting in Portland.
I have attended many conferences and this was the first that offered childcare. The fees were reasonable. The caregivers were flexible and responsible and friendly and creative and fun. The childcare rooms were conveniently located, well equipped, and available 10 hours per day. My four year old was in heaven… this allowed me to get the most out of a long meeting (especially with the subsequent iEvoBio day).
There are many ways to promote good science: childcare should not be underestimated.