38 U.S. Code § 7809. Child-care centers
The Secretary, through the Service, shall provide for the operation of child-care centers at Department facilities in accordance with this section. The operation of such centers shall be carried out to the extent that the Secretary determines, based on the demand for the care involved, that such operation is in the best interest of the Department and that is practicable to do so. The centers shall be available for the children of Department employees and, to the extent space is available, the children of other employees of the Federal Government and the children of employees of affiliated schools and corporations created under section 7361 of this title.
The Service shall establish reasonable charges for child-care services provided at each child-care center operated under this section. The charges shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary. In the case of a center operated directly by the Service, the charges with respect to the center shall be sufficient to provide for the operating expenses of the center, including the expenses of personnel assigned to the center. In the case of a center operated by a contractor which is a for-profit entity, the charges shall be established by taking into consideration the value of the space and services furnished with respect to the center under subsection (c)(1) of this section.
(c) In connection with the establishment and operation of any child-care center under this section, the Secretary—
may, on a reimbursable basis, convert space furnished under clause (1) of this subsection for use as the child-care center and provide other items necessary for the operation of the center, including furniture, office machines and equipment, and telephone service, except that the Secretary may furnish basic telephone service and surplus furniture and equipment without reimbursement;
shall require the development and use of a process for determining the fitness and suitability of prospective employees of or volunteers at the center; and
The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out this section.
(Added Pub. L. 100–322, title IV, § 412(a), May 20, 1988, 102 Stat. 547, § 4209; renumbered § 7809 and amended Pub. L. 102–40, title IV, § 402(a), (b)(1), (d)(1), May 7, 1991, 105 Stat. 238, 239; Pub. L. 102–54, § 14(e)(8), June 13, 1991, 105 Stat. 287; Pub. L. 102–83, § 4(a)(3), (4), (b)(1), (2)(E), Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 404, 405.)
Pub. L. 102–40, § 402(d)(1), substituted “7361” for “4161”.