Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Tom Cotton (R-AR), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, introduced new bipartisan legislation that would give military families with children better support and more flexibility when they use child care facilities on military installations or seek child care from community providers.
The bipartisan ACCESS Act underscores the mission of Blue Star Families: members of our military should not have to choose between serving their nation or taking care of their families.
“Concerns about child care is the number one issue facing our military families who are looking to our government to address their daily worries,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families. “At Blue Star Families, we have worked to raise the issue with the Bipartisan Policy Center, sounding the alarm about its impact on eliminating the possibility of second incomes, undermining readiness and reducing retention. We are so appreciative of Senators Gillibrand and Cotton’s leadership on this vital legislation.”
BPC’s Task Force on Defense Personnel led by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, former Senator Jim Talent, Gen. Jim Jones, former national security advisor, and Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, published a set of consensus recommendations in its report Building a F.A.S.T. Force: A flexible Personnel System for a Modern Military .
THE 2017 MILITARY FAMILY LIFESTYLE SURVEY RESULTS WILL BE PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 15TH