Grand Forks AFBCommunity
Family Child Care
575 Holzapple St. (Bldg. 207)
(Airman and Family Readiness Center)
Family Child Care providers offer in-home care for children ages 2 weeks to 12 years as a supplement to the Child Development Center. These providers also offer alternative care such as weekend, flexible or extended hours and for very young infants or children with special needs.
Providers are required to undergo strict licensing requirements. They must be over 18 years of age, able to read and speak English, and be in good mental and physical health. They (and their family members) must pass comprehensive background checks and complete a basic orientation program prior to licensing. Once licensed, monthly home visits are conducted to ensure that every provider is consistently maintaining all Air Force standards to ensure the highest quality of care possible.
If you are interested in obtaining an FCC provider, you are encouraged to meet with the potential provider and conduct an interview to ensure there is a good match between you and the person who will be taking care of your child. Have questions ready about their policies such as discipline, vacation and illness.
It is important for you to know that Family Child Care providers set their own fees. Prior to starting care in the home, families must sign a contract regarding policies and fees, provide a copy of immunization records of child/children, complete AF Form 1181 and–if dual or single military–AF Form 357.
If you are moving to Grand Forks AFB on PCS orders, you are eligible to receive up to 20 hours of free child care from a licensed Family Child Care Provider. Bring your orders to the Airman and Family Readiness Center where you will be issued a certificate for PCS care.
Feel secure knowing that you are placing your children in safe and supportive care when they enter a Family Child Care home. They will be in a stimulating in-home environment that will provide them with the nurturing and developmental materials and interactions they need to thrive. Please call 747-3158 at the Family Child Care office for additional assistance in selecting a Family Child Care Home.
The Family Child Care Office is located in the Airman and Family Readiness Center and is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Becoming a Family Child Care Provider
Spouses of active duty or retired military members, living either on or off base, are eligible to become licensed Family Child Care providers. Base residents providing child care in their homes for more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis must be licensed.
Find out how you can become a child care professional and operate your own business from the comfort and convenience of your home. Plus you will receive training that will allow you to care for our next generation.
At minimal start-up costs, the FCC Program offers free equipment and training to help you support the Air Force mission of caring for children of military and civilian personnel.
The licensing process involves 24 hours of orientation which includes CPR, First Aid, Child Development, Curriculum Planning, Health and Safety, Food Handlers certification and setting up the business. Background and reference checks are mandatory. All homes will be inspected by Public Health, Safety and Fire as well as the FCC Coordinator before a license is issued. Health records on all family members are maintained. Liability insurance is required.
The FCC Resource Center supplies the providers with most of their needed materials and equipment. The Mission Support Group commander signs the license and it is good for one year. Each provider can take care of up to six children with no more than two under the age of 2. Monthly inspections of each home are conducted by the FCC Coordinator. All providers are required to complete 15 FCC modules within the first 18 months of licensing.
FCC providers are self-employed and not government employees. They set their own rates, hours and write their own policies and contracts. The policies must meet AF guidelines. The providers do bi-monthly self-assessments which are monitored by the FCC Coordinator.
The FCC office is currently recruiting providers for special needs, evening/weekend and drop-in care For more information on the licensing process call: 747-3158.