Boosting Childcare at Luke Air Force Base Goal of Sinema Request to Defense Department

Feb 26, 2020

Sinema’s letter comes after feedback from Arizona servicemembers on the need to expand childcare at Luke Air Force Base

WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema asked the Secretary of Defense to expand childcare facilities and resources serving Arizona families at Luke Air Force Base and other military bases.
“Servicemembers cannot protect and defend our nation if they are worried about their children. It is critical that the department provide sufficient to the military personnel, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to address this important need,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
In October of 2019, Sinema toured Luke Air Force Base where several servicemembers mentioned they were having difficulties relating to childcare. Although Luke’s Child Development Center has been recognized as the Air Force’s best child development program, the Center does not have the capacity for the population of Luke Air Force Base.
After Sinema’s visit, she helped get signed into law the bipartisan annual defense bill, which included several provisions related to childcare and giving the Defense Department more authority to reduce waiting lists across the nation. Sinema’s letter is part of her work to devise solutions to reduce backlogs in childcare for Arizona servicemembers.
Read the full text of Sinema’s letter HERE.