New 2021 Pilot Program Aims to Help Military Parents With Child Care
The Department of Defense recognizes that child care is a critical support for military families with children. Therefore, the new pilot program will offer fee assistance for military families who hire in-home child caregivers full-time. The program will cover full-time care for 30 to 60 hours of child care weekly. In addition, in-home providers can work rotating shifts and weekend care to meet the nontraditional schedules of military families.
“The Department of Defense is taking another important step to support families with child care solutions by piloting a program that explores the viability of providing fee assistance for full-time, in-home child care services,” said Patricia “Patty” Montes Barron, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “This is just one of many initiatives to increase access to affordable child care, including support provided for community-based fee assistance and hourly care. We understand the need is great, and the time is now.”
Military Childcare Pilot Locations
Families are responsible for finding their in-home care providers in the pilot locations.
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Single or dual active duty and Guard or reserve service members on active duty, with a full-time working spouse or spouse enrolled full-time in a postsecondary institution currently on the MilitaryChildCare.com waitlist in the five regions are eligible for the pilot.
Families that aren’t on the waitlist, can create an account at MilitaryChildCare.com and submit the request for in-home care.
This pilot is operated like the child care fee assistance program for service members using community-based care facilities. The amount of fee assistance provided is based on the service member’s total family income.
Providers must be U.S. citizens and:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
- Read, speak, and write English
Providers must complete requirements for background checks and complete 32 hours of training, including CPR and first aid, child abuse prevention, safe sleep and care for children with special needs, as applicable.
The first-year pilot targets the five regions with the highest demand and longest waitlists for DOD-facilitated child care. Military parents who employ care providers should contact Military OneSource tax consultants with tax implication questions.
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