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Sen. Barbara Boxer

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Mr. President, I ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the April 2, 2012, opening of the new Child Development Center, CDC, at Beale Air Force Base in Yuba County, CA.

I am so pleased that this facility has at long last become a reality for the families stationed at Beale, and I was proud to have fought to secure the funding required to build it.

When I visited Beale in 2004, I saw firsthand the critical need for a new CDC on base. The old CDC built in 1967 was in dire need of replacement. The aging facility was too small to accommodate eligible children and was found to contain safety hazards including asbestos and lead. The men and women serving our Nation at Beale deserve to know that their children are being cared for in a safe and nurturing environment. The new CDC will provide this peace of mind.

The Silver-LEED-Certified 37,566-square-foot facility will increase the number of children served from 175 to 280, relieving the burden on many military families who currently rely on childcare located 20 miles off base. It will have a total of 21 classrooms for children ranging from infants to preschool age and employ 70 staff members. The new CDC is also centrally located and easily accessible from anywhere on the installation. This new CDC will go a long way to ensure we are meeting the needs of the families stationed at Beale.

As cochair of the Senate Military Family Caucus, I know that when a servicemember wears a uniform, the entire family serves. That is why we must do everything we can to lessen their burden and provide for their needs. The new CDC at Beale symbolizes America's commitment to our incredible military families and is one more way we can show our gratitude for their service.