The majority of households with children under the age of 6 in the Washington, D.C., area are homes in which both parents work. Across the country, working parents face the struggle to find reliable, high-quality care for young children. Given the career demands in the legal industry, many lawyers and professionals at major law firms face the same struggle.

Law firms have considered numerous ways to assist working parents, from flexible, part-time employment to emergency child care. As part of Covington & Burling’s plan to provide a family-friendly solution to the conflict many individuals face of trying to balance their personal life and their professional career, we began to evaluate the child care needs of the firm in 1999.