House Democrats Urge Improvement of House Child Care Center

March 12, 2007
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer today directed Daniel Beard, Chief Administrative Officer of the House, to develop recommendations to eliminate the waiting list for House employees seeking to place their children in the House Child Care Center.

'The House Child Care Center currently has a significant waiting list to provide services to children of House employees, especially children under 4 years old. The Center's inability to provide service to our employees with young children causes preventable anxiety to many families and undermines our ability to attract and retain a first-class workforce,' the lawmakers wrote in their letter.

Below is the text of the letter:

March 12, 2007

The Honorable Daniel P. Beard

Chief Administrative Officer

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Mr. Beard:

Following reports that the Library of Congress Child Care Center was found to have high levels of radon gas, we applaud your decision to ask the House Superintendent to immediately conduct testing of the House Child Care Center for radon gas, lead, asbestos, and other materials.  There is nothing more vital than the quality of care our children receive during their developing years and it is critical that the House Child Care Center be held to the highest possible health standards.

We also feel it is essential the House do a better job of providing our employees with pre-school children the highest quality and most easily accessible child care services.  While the House Child Care Center has served our employees and their young children well for many years, it is clear that expansion and improvements are needed in order to serve the best interests of these children and to make the House a more attractive place to work.

The House Child Care Center currently has a significant waiting list to provide services to children of House employees, especially children under 4 years old.  The Center's inability to provide service to our employees with young children causes preventable anxiety to many families and undermines our ability to attract and retain a first-class workforce.

We are directing you to develop recommendations for eliminating the waiting list to provide day care services to House employees.  You should also provide recommendations to ensure we provide the best possible day care service to our employees within reasonable budgetary parameters.

Please provide your recommendations to address this problem as soon as practicable.

Sincerely,

Nancy Pelosi                   Steny H. Hoyer

Speaker                          Majority Leader