GSA strives to build a stronger federal government and community, by delivering the best value to the American people. One of the ways we do that is by providing guidance, assistance, and oversight to federal agencies for the development of child care centers to provide economical and effective child care for federal workers and the local community. Here in Dallas, The Young Stars Child Development center opened in 1989 under the name of Stars & Tykes and was in the first wave of GSA child care centers that were established across the nation.
Last week, we finished renovations and improvements on Stars & Tykes childcare center to bring it in line with the GSA Child Care Center Design Guide [PDF - 2 MB]. The renovation included energy saving upgrades to the plumbing and lighting and waste diversion strategies that reduced over 1,400 pounds of cardboard from going into landfills. The center was also able to reuse, repurpose or transfer most of the old furniture and equipment.
Federal employees always have priority placement in the center; however, it is also open to the public and provides a great amenity for people who work in the Dallas area. All child care furniture and equipment were paid for by the Office of Child Care. The Young Stars Child Development Center can accommodate up to 95 children ranging in age from 6 weeks through 5 years of age, will operate a summer program for children ages 5 to 12, and will open a full kindergarten program after NAEYC accreditation is complete.
For additional information you may contact B.J. Upton, GSA Regional Child Care Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 817-978-8451.