Childcare Pilot Launched by the VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced the pilot of free, drop-in childcare services for eligible veterans. The U.S. Congress established this childcare initiative as part of the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-163), which was signed by President Barack Obama on May 5, 2010. The Childcare Service Center pilot program is part of a continuing effort to improve access to health care for veterans, especially with the growing number of women veterans, and will provide eligible veterans childcare while visiting VA health care providers. All Childcare Service Centers will be operated onsite by licensed childcare providers.

The VA established Childcare Service Centers at three VA Medical Centers:

  • Northport, NY: 30 child capacity, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., ages 6 weeks to 12 years
  • Tacoma, WA: Varying capacity, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., ages 6 weeks to 10 years
  • Buffalo, NY: 6 to 10 child capacity, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., ages 6 weeks to 12 years

For more information about VA programs, go to www.va.gov; and for information about services for women Veterans, visit www.va.gov/womenvet and www.publichealth.va.gov/womenshealth.

(Source: http://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2134)

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