It is hard enough to be a congressional staffer, but if you have young children the problem is magnified. Washington, D.C. is the most expensive place in the United States to raise a family, congressional staff work on average 53 hours-per-week when Congress is in session, and child care options in the nation’s capital can be particularly challenging. Given that Congress already faces significant staff retention problems and three-quarters of its staff find their jobs insufficiently flexible in addressing the work-life balance, is Congress doing enough to support staff in taking care of their youngest family members?
Here’s what we found:
- The child care spots available to staff who work in the House, Senate, and Library of Congress are woefully inadequate to meet demand
- The wait lists for infant-care are so long that by the time a position opens up, the average child ages out of infant care.