The Department of Defense (DoD) runs Family Child Care (FCC) programs, which provide in-home care by installation-certified providers. The FCC program was recently expanded to include military families living in civilian communities; previously, FCC providers were required to operate on base or from government-leased housing. All FCC providers have comprehensive background checks, are required to obtain licenses, and receive training and support through the local Child and Youth Programs Office. Family Child Care providers also are encouraged to complete accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care.
Many Family Child Care providers are willing to fill the need for overnight or evening child care requirements that can't be met by the traditional day care center model. FCC providers are self-employed and set their own rates for care.
DoD School-age Care (SAC) programs provide care for school-age children age six to 12. These programs compliment the regular school schedule and operate before and after school as well as on school holidays and summer break. SAC programs generally provide transportation to and from the school or operate in school facilities. School-age Care programs focus on providing safe, age-appropriate activities while promoting the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAC programs are accredited by the National AfterSchool Association.
Fees for School-age Care are set by DoD on a tiered scale based on total family income. Information about FCC and SAC programs in your neighborhood is available through your local Child and Youth Services Office.
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