Washington, DC – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, sent a letter today to President Biden requesting that he include a $5 billion investment in Military Child Development Center facility projects in the administration’s infrastructure proposal.

Last year, the Department of Defense (DoD) disclosed stunning information about the scope and impact from the backlog in child care facility projects, including the fact that of DoD’s 761 Military Child Development Centers (CDCs), less than half are in “Good” condition, and an appalling 135 were rated “Poor” or “Failing.”

Chair Speier’s letter states:

“The task ahead is daunting—the military Services have identified 121 priority CDC projects that are not yet funded, many of which would add crucial child care capacity at installations with high demand and long waitlists. Despite these extraordinary needs, which would cost several billion dollars to remedy, over the past decade, a total of only eight Military Child Development Center projects were funded through annual appropriations bills. At this pace, the problem will keep getting worse faster than we can fix it.”

“Military CDCs ensure the health and safety of the children of servicemembers, enable military spouses to seek employment, and benefit all Americans by increasing the supply of child care and reducing pressure on private-sector child care providers in areas with large military installations. … (T)his investment will benefit all families—military and civilian.”

The complete text of the letter is available here.