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Child Care Information

Approximately 300,000 Federal employees have children of pre-school age. At least an equal number of Federal employees are estimated to have concerns about their elderly parents and relatives.

Today, more than 11.3 million children under 6 years of age have parents who secure out-of-home care for most of these children. By 2000, an estimated 93 percent of the work force will be made up of working parents. Looking at these statistics, it is easy to see that the primary issue facing today's young families is child care. Young children require year-round, 24-hour care. Children get sick. Day care providers get sick, have emergencies, or resign. School is over at 3 p.m. Schools recess for holidays and summer vacations. The accessibility and availability of quality child care on an ongoing or interim basis, both today and in the foreseeable future, is an issue that affects virtually every working parent. To the extent that these working parents are limited in their flexibility to respond to this issue, most of them will carry their unresolved concerns into the workplace.

For information about the Child Care Tuition Program, contact your Mission Area/Agency Wellness Coordinator


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Agency Sponsored Child Care Centers (CCC) (Field)

Providing on-site or near-site child care represents a major commitment of resources on the part of an organization and may not be a desirable option for all components. Factors such as facility location, employee population, or budgets might prevent organizations from undertaking such a project. If an organization believes its employees' needs to be great enough, it may consider underwriting a center for the exclusive use of its employees, entering into a cooperative agreement with other public organizations in its area to develop a consortium, or purchasing spaces for employees in existing public centers (GSA may be contacted for more detailed information). Several USDA agencies have established or co-established CCCs throughout the Nation. Some of these field locations include: Forest Service in Portland, Oregon; National Computer Center in Kansas City, Missouri; National Finance Center in New Orleans, Louisiana; and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Ames, Iowa. The Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland, however, has provided child care services longer than any other agency, over 20 years.


USDA Child Development Center (Headquarters)

Because of the number of employees headquartered in Washington, D.C., USDA believed that on-site child care might be a worthwhile investment, benefiting both the organization and employees. Therefore, it began a process to determine the feasibility of such a program.

In 1989, USDA conducted a needs assessment survey of its employees in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Based on findings of that survey, USDA concluded that there was a definite need for and employee interest in a USDA sponsored CCC. Support for such a facility crossed all mission areas and agencies.

In May 1991, 2 1/2 years after the process began, the USDA Child Development Center (Center) opened its doors to children. Located in the Auditors Building, the Center is operated by La Petite Academy under a contract administered by the Office of Operations. The Center accommodates 88 children, ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years old, on a full-time basis. Currently, 66 children are enrolled in the Center.


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