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Federal Organizations

Federal organizations can provide you with information about child care. This section briefly describes some of these organizations and gives addresses and phone numbers to contact for materials and further information.

The following Federal organizations can provide information to assist you in obtaining quality child care:

General Services Administration

Child Care Operations Center of Expertise
1800 F Street NW, Room 4215
Washington, DC 20405

26 Federal Plaza, Room 2-128
New York, NY 10278
(212) 264-8321

The General Services Administration's (GSA) Child Care Operations Center of Expertise is the focal point for the establishment of child care centers in GSA-controlled space. The Office oversees more than 100 child care centers and provides directors, staff, and board members with advice and technical assistance on the successful operation of quality child care programs. The Office enhances Federal agencies' ability to provide ongoing quality child care by collecting and disseminating information through a network of Regional Child Care Coordinators. You may contact the following GSA Regional Child Care Coordinators for further information:

New England Region: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

GSA Child Care Coordinator
10 Causeway St., 9th Flr.
Boston, MA 02222-1077
(617) 565-7312

Northeast and Caribbean Regions: NJ, NY, PR, VI

GSA Child Care Coordinator
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

Mid-Atlantic Region: DE, MD, PA, VA, WV

GSA Child Care Coordinator
20N. 8th Street, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Southeast Sunbelt Region: AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

GSA Child Care Coordinator
77 Forsyth Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Great Lakes Region: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

GSA Child Care Coordinator
230 South Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60604

The Heartland Region: IA, KS, MO, NE

GSA Child Care Coordinator
Federal Building - 6PMFB
1500 East Bannister Road
Kansas City, MO 64131-3088
(816) 823-2215

Greater Southwest Region: AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

GSA Child Care Coordinator
819 Taylor Street, Room 11A01
Fort Worth, TX 76102
(817) 978-8451

Rocky Mountain Region: CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

GSA Child Care Coordinator
Building 41, DFC
Denver, CO 80225-0006
(303)236-8000 ext. 2264

Pacific Rim Region: AZ, CA, HI, NV

GSA Child Care Coordinator
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 4th Floor East
San Francisco, CA 94102

Northwest/Arctic Region: AK, ID, OR, WA

GSA Child Care Coordinator
400 15th Street, SW.
Auburn, WA 98001
(253) 931-7700

National Capital Region:

District of Columbia; Prince George's County, Montgomery County, MD; Fairfax County, Loudoun County, Prince William County, Arlington County, and the cities of Fairfax, Falls Church, and Alexandria, VA

GSA Child Care Coordinator
Regional Office Building
7th & D Streets, SW. , Room 7013
Washington, DC 20407
(202) 205-7255

Office of Personnel Management

Office of Work/Life Programs
Theodore Roosevelt Building
1900 E Street, NW., Room 7315
Washington, DC 20415-0001
(202) 606-1858

The Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Office of Work/Life Programs provides Government-wide leadership and technical assistance to agencies in the use of comprehensive work/life programs by aggressively supporting the use of flexible work schedules and sites; leave programs (leave sharing, leave banks, leave for medical conditions and family responsibilities); part-time employment/job sharing; telecommuting; Employee Assistance Programs; on-site child development centers; and information and referral services. The Office works with the General Services Administration to provide information about Federal child care center programs and telecommuting, and the Department of Health and Human Services to promote the adoption of children and to assist parents who need help in collecting child support.

The Office of Work/Life Programs receives concerns and suggestions from Federal employees Government-wide regarding agency implementation of work/life programs. The Office provides information to employees regarding the laws and regulations which govern work/life policies as well as avenues of redress available for complaints. In addition, the Office identifies administrative or regulatory obstacles to implementing work/life policies and practices; and proposed regulatory or legislative changes where needed. You may contact Work/Life Programs office staff by phone at (202) 606-1858, by fax at (202) 606-2091, or via email at

Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children, Youth, and Families
330 C Street, SW.
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 245-0347

The Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children, Youth, and Families administers two programs relating to child care: Head Start and the Child Care and Development Fund. The Head Start is a nationwide early childhood program for low-income preschool children, designed to provide comprehensive services in preparation for public school. Your local department of social services can provide information about eligibility for Head Start. The Child Care and Development Fund program helps low-income families obtain child care services.

Internal Revenue Service

1111 Constitution Avenue, NW.
Washington, DC 20224

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) provides free tax information and services to help taxpayers, including a toll free telephone service (toll free telephone numbers are printed in your local telephone directory), tax information publications, tax assistance and educational programs, and audiovisual instructional materials that are available on loan to groups.

Publications of interest to parents include #503: Child and Dependent Care Expenses; and #929: Tax Rules for Children and Dependents. These publications can be ordered by calling toll free 1-800-TAX-FORM (1-800-829-3676). You can also order IRS Publication #910: Guide to Free Tax Services, which is a catalog of tax services and free publications.

U.S. Department of Labor

Women's Bureau
Work and Family Clearinghouse
200 Constitution Avenue, NW., Room 3317
Washington, DC 20210-0002
(202) 219-4486

The Work and Family Clearinghouse of the U.S. Department of Labor Women's Bureau provides statistical information on the status of women in the workforce. The Clearing-house also conducts seminars and workshops on issues relating to women, including child and dependent care.

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