Child care is very important to military families. While demand for military child care is high and spaces are limited, families often don't know about additional child care resources available to them.
The Department of Defense (DoD) is working to reduce the shortage of care through a number of channels. Legislation has increased the number of spaces available over the past few years. New construction projects on installations and partnerships with respected partners "outside the gate" increase a military family's chance of finding quality care. The trick is knowing where to find the resources.
Below are a few Service resources you might find helpful:
Army MWR – Child, Youth and School Services: http://www.armymwr.com/family/childandyouth/default.aspx
Army Reserve Child and Youth Services: http://arcys.tripod.com/
Marine Corps Community Services – Children, Youth, and Teen Programs: http://www.usmc-mccs.org/cyt/index.cfm?sid=fl&smid=1
Navy Child and Youth Programs: https://qol.navyaims.net/CYPWeb/
National Guard Family Program - Child Care Benefits: http://www.jointservicessupport.org/FP/childCare.aspx
Guard Office of Work-Life Programs – Child Development Centers: http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/child_development_centers.asp
Air Force Services Family Member Programs: http://public.afsv.net/FMP/ChildProgramsDotCom/HTML.htm
Until military families are relieved of the weight of war, we hope you will continue to contribute to their wellbeing.
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