Back to School Child Care Options
As the summer days draw to a close many military parents are searching for child care options for their school-age children. The Department of Defense has funded memberships for Army, Marine, Navy, and Air Force families through Sittercity. Find local sitters and nannies in your neighborhood. Military families, including activated Guard and Reserve families, can activate their fully paid membership at Sittercity. Families are responsible for the cost of the services provided.
Military families located near an installation should explore before and after school care options at their local child development centers (CDCs). Fees are based on a sliding scale depending on the family’s income. CDCs often have waiting lists, so be sure to check availability early. You’ll also want to review the transportation options to get your child to and from school. Some school districts and CDCs provide busing options; others do not or have had to reduce services due to budget constraints.
Military families may seek child care providers in their local communities. Each Service contracts with Child Care Aware of America (formerly NACCRRA) to offer programs to help military parents find quality, affordable care in civilian communities. Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood helps families find child care when it is unavailable on the installation. Operation: Military Child Care provides fee assistance for mobilized or deployed service members. For military parents who qualify, fee assistance is paid directly to the civilian child care providers to keep costs comparable to installation child care.
Ask early and often. Your installation’s Resource and Referral (R&R) office may be able to help you find child care providers or direct you to the office on the installation that can assist. Additionally, the R&R office may be able to provide an estimate of the fees charged in your area.
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