Summary: H.R.1277 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.1277. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (03/06/1989)

Military Child Care Act of 1989 - Directs the Secretary of Defense (the Secretary) to make a specified portion of FY 1990 operation and maintenance funding available for military child care only.

Prohibits during FY 1990 the use of nonappropriated funds from parent fees, used for purposes of military child care, for any expense other than compensation of employees directly involved in the giving of child care.

Directs the Secretary to establish a uniform training program for child care employees as a condition of employment.

Requires the Secretary to increase the compensation of child care employees so that their compensation is comparable to other employees on the same military installation.

Requires at least one employee at each military child development center to be a training and curriculum child care employee, with appropriate educational credentials and child care experience.

Gives preference to qualified military spouses for employment as child care employees.

Requires that additional child care personnel positions be made available in the Department of Defense.

Requires a report on child care employee turnover.

Directs the Secretary to issue uniform regulations for military child development centers on fees and priority for accepting children, with first priority given to single parents who are armed forces members and second priority given to dual service couples.

Provides for child abuse prevention and safety in military child care. Directs the Secretary to establish: (1) a special task force to respond to allegations of widespread abuse at a military child development center; and (2) a national telephone hotline for reporting suspected child abuse or safety violations at a development center or family day care home. Provides for: (1) assistance from local authorities; (2) safety regulations; (3) inspections; (4) deadlines for remedying violations; and (5) installation of video cameras and recorders at such centers. Requires the Secretary, the Attorney General, and the Comptroller General to study and report to the Congress on areas of mutual concern in military child care and child abuse.

Directs the Secretary to require the establishment of parent boards and parent participation programs at each military child care center.

Amends the National School Lunch Act to extend the child care food program to Department of Defense programs overseas. Authorizes appropriations.

Directs the Secretary to submit a report and plan to the Congress on demand for child care by military and civilian personnel in the armed forces over a specified five-year period. Directs the Comptroller General to study and report to the Congress on child care supply and demand outside the continental United States with respect to armed forces members and Department of Defense civilian employees.