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While the parents are away . . . Under the hood: A look at the inner workings of government (US)

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Publication Date: 
1 Oct 1999

US Federal law allows child care centers to operate on federal property without paying for rent or services as long as at least half the children are dependents of federal employees. Following is an October 1999 survey of child care centers on property run by the General Services Administration, the government's landlord.

TYPE OF CENTER
Not-for-profit: 52%, For profit: 48%

ENROLLMENT
Total: 7,865

Part-time 1,262 (16%)
Full-time 6,603 (84%)

Non-federal 3,527 (45%)
Federal 4,338 (55%)

DISTRIBUTION OF CHILDREN IN CENTERS (by age in months)
0-12: 923
13-24: 1,370
25-36: 1,634
37-48: 1,765
49-69: 1,473
70+: 700

PROGRAMS PROVIDED BY CENTER
Infant care: 91%
Drop-in/emergency care: 67%
Summer school: l29%
Kindergarten: 22%
Before/after school care: 20%

AVERAGE WEEKLY TUITION
Federal Non-federal

Infant $159 $167
Toddler $151 $158
Preschool $121 $126
Kindergarten $114 $119

Tuition assistance, 1999
$1,060,286 distributed
1,766 families received it

41 centers participated in USDA food program

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Entered Date: 
18 Sep 2000
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