The Burden Falls On Military Spouses
Finding employment is already a challenge for military spouses, who move every two to three years. A lack of affordable child care makes that challenge even greater. Many military spouses report that they have left the workforce because child care was unavailable or too expensive. At a time when most families rely on two incomes to make ends meet, a military spouse’s inability to work due to a lack of child care can have a significant impact on a family’s financial well-being.
A shortage of high quality, affordable child care is a national problem. There are no quick fixes or easy answers. But there are steps DoD and Congress could take to ease the stress on military families.
Our Child Care Priorities
Institute public-private partnerships between installations and community childcare providers to increase the number of spaces for military families.
- Allocate funds to construct and renovate installation child development centers.
- Expand funding for and participation in the child care fee assistance program.
- Allow service members to participate in dependent care flexible savings accounts.
Legislation We Support
Allows an employer a work opportunity tax credit for hiring military spouses and requires DoD to implement flexible spending arrangements that permit members of the Armed Forces to use basic pay and compensation to pay on a pretax basis for dependent child care.