Child Care

Military families tell us child care remains a top concern. Military families need access to care during nontraditional hours to accommodate the service member’s work schedule. Drop-in care and respite care are a priority for families with a deployed service member. In addition to expanding capacity and building new Child Development Centers, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Services must take innovative steps to address these concerns.

Our Association supports:

  • Sustained funding and resources to meet the child care needs of military families to include hourly and drop-in care across all Services
  • Respite care for families of deployed service members, wounded, ill, and injured service members, and those with special needs family members
  • Community partnerships to increase child care capacity for military families living in geographically dispersed areas
  • Quality, subsidized child care to families who cannot access installation-based child development centers


  • January 2013 Association meets with Child Care Aware to discuss efforts to help states and child care providers align their quality standards with those set by the Department of Defense (DoD). These efforts will increase the number of providers eligible to participate in the DoD fee assistance program
  • January 2013 Association meets with Marilee Fitzgerald, the Director of DoDEA, to find out what impact budget uncertainty is having on military children who attend DoD schools.
    Related article: DoDEA Planning for Budget Cuts
  • February 3, 2012 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report on Military Child Care subsidies. This report was ordered in the Fiscal Year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.