Mission To meet the needs of the Federal employee by offering the opportunity for high quality care programs in GSA- owned or controlled space.
Work-site child care is a key building amenity and an essential component of the family-friendly workplace.
110 centers operating in 31 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico • Caring for over 8,300 children on a daily basis.
Chapter 1 Roles and Responsibilities
GSA Child Care Division • GSA Service Center, PMO • Agencies • Child Care Providers
Authority • The parameters of what GSA pays for are determined by Title 40 section 590, sometimes referred to as the “Trible Amendment.” • …General Services shall provide guidance, assistance, and oversight to federal agencies for the development of child care centers to provide economical and effective child care for federal workers
What it Allows: • Allotment Of Space • Payment For Space And Services • Payment Of Other Costs • Reimbursement For Employee Training • Criminal History Background Checks • Appropriated Amounts For Affordable Child Care
Child Care Division? Property Manager? Service Center? Child Care Provider? Who Pays for What…..
GSA Child Care Division • Costs associated with supporting and maintaining the child care centers. This includes labor; services; supplies; and operating equipment such as children’s furniture, office furniture, playground equipment, appliances, computer equipment, security equipment, and copy machines. • Travel for RCCC’s to Child Care Division meetings and national conference. • Center Program and Health Reviews. • Special projects or training. • NAEYC accreditation fees.
GSA Service Center, PMO(BA 61 or BA 54) • Repairs, alterations, and modernization work including playgrounds. • Telephone service in the centers. • Maintenance and cleaning of center including repairs and general upkeep. • Painting • Inspections and surveys including playground inspections and safety inspections. • Playground equipment and large appliances including repair and replacement.
Agencies • Pay rent for the child care space, most often assigned as joint use space. In Federal space, the specific rental rate is set per building based on the appraisal process. In leased space, the costs are a pass through of rent plus any additional services Rent includes basic services. • May use appropriated funds to support tuition costs for their own employees • May use recycling funds for tuition assistance programs • If delegated, may be responsible for typical GSA costs • Travel and training of appropriate personnel
Providers • All supplies and consumables including office supplies, toys, curriculum materials, and food. • All operating costs including staff, insurance, and professional services. • Their own State license fees and may pay NAEYC accreditation fees
Chapter 2 Cleaning
Chapter 3 Design and Alterations
Why Such Specialized Space? • Children spend up to 12,500 hours in a child care center. • More than one spends in school Kindergarten through High School. • Formative Years-physical environment affects brain development.
National IDIQChild Care A/E and Expert Professional Services “To provide expert Child Care A/E services nationwide, on an as-needed basis for all 11 GSA Regional Offices and the GSA Central Office.”
Key Services Planning and Pre-Design Phase Services Other A/E Services A/E Design Services
Type of A/E Services Project Preplanning and Pre-Design Phase Services. • Existing facility survey/assessment • Feasibility Reports • Program/project development, • Site investigations and selection/planning, environmental studies, budget estimating and cost/pricing services, A/E Design Services • Space programming, • Preliminary-design services, design concepts, specifications construction drawings and code reviews Other A/E Services • Peer review of projects under development by other A/E firms • Inspection services • Materials reviews *ACTUAL CONSTRUCTION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS CONTRACT.
Chapter 4 Equipment
Chapter 5 Maintenance
Routine Preventive Maintenance, including kitchens and playgrounds Monthly Walk-Through Inspections Playgrounds – daily for custodial inspections for debris Check bolts and attachments correcting any malfunctions reported by caregivers Facility Inspections
Chapter 6 Playgrounds
Playgrounds are happy places for children to develop physical, mental & social skills. A place for adventure & fun! Also place where serious injury can occur. Consumer Product & Safety Commission estimates 200,000 injuries each year. Poor playground maintenance estimated for almost 1/2 of all playground injuries.
Chapter 7 Environmental Health & Safety
Chapter 8 Security & Emergency Planning
Facility Security Committees • Ensure the child care center is represented on the FSC. If the director is not part of this committee, then the facility manager is responsible for representing the interests of the center at FSC meetings. Changes affecting entrance, parking, visitor access, or drop-off areas could have a direct, negative impact on the operations of the child care center.
Occupant Emergency Plans (OEP) • DO implements the OEP emergency • Child Care OEP should be part of the main facility’s OEP • Property Manager should have a copy of the child care OEP and be familiar with their evacuation locations • OEP should include Shelter in Place location • In case of COOP Child Care Center will close
Physical Security • Card Key Access – Facility Access Cards • Cameras – for security purposes only May be placed at entry/egress points and parking lots for surveillance • Duress alarms • Window Glazing – replacement is managed by the GSA Office of the Chief Architect
Chapter 9 Program Standards