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Sob: List Is Long For Capitol Hill Daycare

From an irony-proof Politico:

Finding Hill day care not child’s play

By: Erika Lovley
April 26, 2010

Congressional staffers compare getting child care on Capitol Hill to landing season tickets to the Redskins: nice idea, never going to happen.

With two waiting lists a total of 345 families long, admission delays at both the Senate Employees Child Care Center and the House of Representatives Child Care Center have Hill parents suffering the baby blues.

The week she found out she was pregnant, House staffer Heather Molino put her name on the waiting list at the House center. But more than a year later, Molino and her 4-month-old son, Spencer, are still waiting — with about 28 families in line ahead of them and some 140 more behind.

Because of security concerns, the House center won’t say how many children it can take; it says only that there are waiting lists for every age level. The Senate facility is able to hold 68 children — and has about 175 families on its waiting list.

Popularity has been a problem since the offices were opened years ago to help members, their staffers and other Hill employees strike a work-family life balance by giving them a child-care option close to the office.

But staffer parents tell POLITICO the problem is only getting worse.

A former House aide said he was recently forced to quit his job and become a stay-at-home dad after sitting on the waiting list for nearly a year and a half and being unable to secure a nanny.

“We should have gotten on the waiting list long before we had the babies,” lamented another father who is currently on the House list while his wife, a Senate aide, sits on the Senate list. The couple estimates they have eight months to go, but the maternity leave — and the money — will run out long before that. “I may have to start looking for jobs off the Hill to see if I can make more money because all we can afford is a subpar facility. … I have friends looking for nannies on Craigslist.” …

So a couple who are both working as (highly paid) staffers on Capitol Hill cannot figure out how to find a nanny if they aren’t supplied one by the government?

It is so impossible, that the man had to quit his job and stay home? This is just about all you need to know to figure out what has gone wrong with our country.

Not to mention the irony of so many ‘nanny staters’ having problems finding a nanny.

It’s easy to see why the centers are so popular. The House center, located just a brief walk from the Capitol, boasts kid-friendly curved corners, miniature tot bathrooms and a new playground made with a safety surface of 100 percent post-consumer recycled tires. The prices are reasonable for high-quality care in Washington: Infant tuition is $1,282 a month; toddlers are $1,183. Pre-kindergarten is only $908.

The Senate center offers through play an individualized, multisensory education program for each child.

Both will soon have tuition assis­tance programs for staff families

So now we the taxpayers are going to be subsidizing day care for the countless grossly over-paid Congressional aides?

Both centers are open to the general public, but the children of members and staffers are given preference before regular legislative branch or government workers.

And by “open to the general public,” the Politico means “government workers.”

The Senate recently tried to make the process more staffer-friendly by no longer giving siblings of non-Senate employees a higher priority for admission over children of Senate employees. It has also implemented a website that allows parents to track where their children rank on the waiting list…

But expanding the centers is also a numbers game — and one that Congress may not be thrilled to play in a tough economic year.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked in 2007 that the waiting-list and expansion issues be explored, and the Senate did the same in 2009. But the results have been slow in coming — with few long-term solutions on the table.

Neither center has space in which it could expand, meaning growth would most likely require expensive construction or a move to another location.

The office of the Chief Administrative Officer hired a third-party vendor to study the feasibility of expanding the House center to reduce the waiting list. But the study found that expanding the center wouldn’t eliminate the problems, because the demand would very likely increase as well, according to CAO spokesman Jeff Ventura.

There are currently no plans to expand the center, and House leadership was not presented with the study or recommendations, according to a leadership spokesman.

Obviously, despite all of her feigned concern about “the children,” Mrs. Pelosi does not care that her employees enjoy affordable daycare services.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “Sob: List Is Long For Capitol Hill Daycare”

  1. jobeth says:

    I was going to copy and paste a quote to comment on. But then found another one…and another…and another…etc., etc.,…

    There are so many idiotic things in this story….supplied by our….”Leaders”, that I don’t know where to start!

    As you alluded to Steve…”Unsolvable” problems for these DC types are the very problems the folks in fly over country face everyday…who somehow managed to suck in their belt, after all the additional financial burdens this government lays on them, to manage to get the day care for their children.

    Having said that…and being a one time single mom…and realizing there are lots of folks out there who MUST work….I have a novel idea for this poor stay at home dad.

    One of you should be home with your preschooler anyway! These are the formative years and you are trusting a bunch of strangers to educate your child in ways you will never expect. Then you will wonder why your child has such a different view on life.

    And even worse….you are trusting the government to brainwash educate your children.

    In short…BE PARENTS to your children….or get a puppy instead!!!!

  2. NoNeoCommies says:

    Help is on the way!
    Obama’s version of Shamnesty will allow formerly illegal nannies to stream across the border and fill this need.

    I am surprised that they won’t just open up government creches that can properly indoctrinate their children as was done in Nazi Germany.
    Oh! That’s right. Only the Proles are indoctrinated by the state.

  3. proreason says:

    Don’t fret.

    The commissars’ children are receiving the best possible care.

    Of course, some unwashed scribes must necessarily suffer so that the progeny of the aristocracy have the silken pillows they require in order for their parents to rule without the tacky plebian burden of potty training their spawn.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Popularity has been a problem since the offices were opened years ago to help members, ..”

    I bet!

    “A former House aide said he was recently forced to quit his job and become a stay-at-home dad after sitting on the waiting list for nearly a year and a half and being unable to secure a nanny.”

    Poor basta_d. Now he can’t collect hundreds of thousands of dollars to watch porn all day.

    “Both will soon have tuition assis­tance programs for staff families…”

    Knew this was coming! Surprised they’re not in place already (wink, wink).

    “The Senate center offers through play an individualized, multisensory education program for each child.”

    Kinda like Disney, ‘ay.

    Wonder if we’ll ever find out why these “centers” are so overly crowded versus the private sector day care centers??? We can probably guess.

  5. Right of the People says:

    I guess they just couldn’t bear the thought of having to pay for a private daycare in their hometown for their demon spawn.

    JoBeth, I’m with you we had to make the decision when our daughter was small. The wife stayed home during the day with our daughter and had a job in retail at the local mall evenings and weekends so I could stay home with her.

    These people need to get a clue and join the real world.

  6. U NO HOO says:

    Haven’t they heard of abortion?

  7. AmericanIPA says:

    So I guess this is our next “constitutional right” after taxpayer-funded health insurance for do-nothings. Quite a growing list now isn’t it?

    I love the Pilosi picture. Caption “Awe, these little failed abortions…I mean burdens on their parents…I mean children are so cute.”

    • U NO HOO says:

      And they grow up to be taxpayers or hangers-on, doesn’t matter which if they vote Democrat.

  8. JohnMG says:

    ..,…”Neither center has space in which it could expand, meaning growth would most likely require expensive construction or a move to another location…….”

    Why aren’t these projects shovel-ready?! “The Won” should’ve seen this coming………I mean, he’s got a couple of “mistakes” of his own to pay for, right?

    So let’s see……..”The week she found out she was pregnant, House staffer Heather Molino put her name on the waiting list at the House center……”

    Wonder if that’s Miss Molino or Mrs. Molino? We’ll probably have to settle for Ms. Molino (keep the government out of my bedroom) and just ante up with more taxes to accomodate her needs. It’s really none of our business, is it? These are the most disgusting bunch of leeches ever to take on air.

    Over $15,000 a year for day care? That’s all? I wish these crybaby bastards had to live like REAL people have to live. They pay more in daycare costs than my small construction business had in net earnings last year! I can’t give birth to a single tear for any of these elitist slobs. Let them eat cake.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    But I thought we was already running the largest daycare center on Capitol Hill.

    • JohnMG says:

      I think they’re talking about “childcare centers”. You know, places for kids, not congress, LD.

      Congress is an “adult daycare center”, a place for adults suffering from illusions of grandeur and arrested maturity development. That would explain a lot, don’t you think?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      That “DEPENDS” !!

      Couldn’t help myself …….. HaHa!!

    • JohnMG says:

      Pelosi wears Pull-Ups?? Who knew?

      Now Byrd……….

  10. canary says:

    I hope the radical muslims did not read this. Those baby’s should not be near the capital or any federal buildings. Don’t these political idiots keep up with foreign affairs, middle-east muslim terrorists bombing schools of children, The first day of that Russia school opening. Pakistan’s recent school opening disaster.

  11. Mithrandir says:

    This is exactly how health care will be run (into the ground) by our government. Waiting lists, priority lists, people looking for care outside of the system, people promised one thing, and given another.

    Is this really what we want our Congress-people doing? –Senators and Congressmen trying to solve a waiting list problem? And they can’t even do that? Ugh…..LOSERS!


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