ERIC Number: ED289623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-2
Child Care in Federal Buildings: Twenty-First Report by the Committee on Government Operations. House of Representatives, 100th Congress, 1st Session.
Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Operations.
The employment of over half the women in the United States with children under age 6 creates a need for quality day care that the General Services Administration (GSA) has tried to meet by encouraging the establishment of child care centers in federal buildings. Although free or reduced rent has been available, only ten such centers currently exist. A subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations investigated this situation, and found that part of the problem lies in the GSA's passive attitude; in particular, that the GSA provides the service but gives little assistance in setting up centers. Other problems stem from negative attitudes of government agencies, such as Chicago's Social Security Administration, toward sponsoring child care facilities. In contrast, other agencies, like many branches of the Internal Revenue Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, readily set up day care centers when they determined the need was great. In light of these findings, the subcommittee recommended that the GSA: (1) actively encourage on-site day care centers by assigning officials to communicate and implement the day care policy; (2) rent more space to outside day care providers; (3) survey Federal workers about their child care needs; and (4) print a handbook to assist in establishing on-site day care. (Two appendixes contain the text of relevant legal statutes.) (SKC)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U. S., Washington, DC. House Committee on Government Operations.
Note: Union Calendar No. 206.