Congressman pushing for child care center at Barksdale

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U.S. Representative Mike Johnson is requesting a new child care center at Barksdale Air Force Base.

Johnson spearheaded a letter from the entire Louisiana Republican delegation to the Air Force Secretary advocating for a new Child Development Center (CDC) at BAFB, which is located in Johnson’s congressional district.

“No one sacrifices more than our military families. The least we can do is make sure they have the best facilities possible to meet their needs. I’m honored to lead this fight and I am committed to getting this done for our military families at Barksdale AFB,” said Johnson.

In the letter, the Republican members express concern that “the installation’s quality of life facilities are not keeping pace with the modern needs of the service members and families”:

“The Barksdale AFB CDC East was built in 1970, and as it currently stands, is the oldest in the Air Force. It is not postured for the future, as Barksdale AFB anticipates additional Airmen associated with a new Weapons Generation Facility. We respectfully urge you to prioritize the Barksdale AFB CDC for replacement to provide the quality of life Barksdale’s airmen and their families deserve.”

The CDC specializes in child care for children who are six weeks old to five years of age. They are one of only two programs in Northwest Louisiana who are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The CDC utilizes current early childhood research and follows the Creative Curriculum which is proven to meet each child’s developmental needs and prepare them for kindergarten.