Why don't child care centers have air conditioning?

Question: Why isn’t there air conditioning in our child day-care centers? I’ve kept my child home when the temperature was predicted to be over 90 degrees, but she’s still getting overheated.

Answer: The air conditioning question is one that we’ve addressed before, but we’ve recently received several inquiries specific to our child care centers, so I want to take the opportunity to answer again.

Although it was a warm summer, generally the temperature at our Point Mugu and Port Hueneme facilities only gets above 80 degrees 15 days out of the year. It’s really only above 75 for about 45 days a year, based on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s past seven decades of data.

Because of this extremely mild weather, Navy installations in Southern California are expected to start all projects with the assumption that air conditioning will not be included. It’s just not the best use of taxpayer dollars.

We do everything we can to keep our children cool and comfortable for those few days a year that the temperature is warmer than usual. Our facilities have childproof fans, and windows are kept open throughout the day. We offer water and ice and conduct water play activities on especially warm days as well.

The Child Development Center at Point Mugu stays a little warmer than the one at Port Hueneme because of its design and location. Due to your concerns and comments, we did submit a request to install air conditioning there, which was recently approved! Although we do not have a start date at this time, we should have the equipment installed before next summer.

We are installing thermometers in all of our care rooms and will have our providers monitor the temperature at multiple times throughout the day. This will help us establish how well our efforts are working and give us a good baseline for any future plans.

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