Family Childcare is the regular care of a child in the home of another family in base housing. The Air Force has developed a system for bases to use in offering quality child care within a Family Childcare program.
The Sheppard Family Child Care Office is currently recruiting new providers. Prospective providers are trained, screened, and approved by applicable agencies. The Child Care Panel meets to approve or disapprove applicants. All orientation trainings are free and are held in the Child Care Office. If you are interested in becoming a licensed child care provider, contact the FCC office today!
Description of a child care provider:
Family Child Care Providers undergo stringent certification requirements: 15 Family Child Care Virtual Lab School Courses (approximately clock hours), monthly unannounced home inspections, yearly background investigations, annual training (24 hours), and certification in ServSafe and CPR/First Aid for children 2 weeks to 12 years.
According to our Air Force Instruction (AFI) 34-144, 11.17 states, “Residents providing uncertified child care residing in government owned and privatized housing are notified of the requirements when providing care for more than 10 hours a week. Uncertified care will be investigated by the Family Child Care Coordinator, accompanied by the Flight Chief or Force Support Squadron Commander/Director (or designee). The individual will be provided with a written request to complete the certification procedures and to cease providing care until they become certified. Security Forces will be contacted if there are suspected violations of law and the Family Child Care Program notifies the Privatized Property Management office.”
FREE child care that is accessible to military member as they perform their mission during contingency or high temp operations. The program is designed to help families who have to temporarily work longer hours, evenings, overnight, weekends or are experiencing a temporary shift change.
Designed to assist family’s utilization of a Family Child Care home and pay the same weekly fee they would be charged for child care in an Air Force Child Development Center (CDC) or Air Force School-Age Care (SAC) Program. Children with special needs may qualify for this as well.
Eligibility requirements: child on the waiting list for the CDC or SAC through MilitaryChildCare.com, parent is active duty or DoD civilian, all adults living in the household must be working on enrolled in school full-time, completed AF FCC ECC Request
The FCC is offering FREE childcare for anyone stationed on Sheppard that is or will be deployed for more than 30 days. Allows families 16 hours for pre-deployment, 16 hours each month of the deployment, and 16 hours post-deployment. This may be used once the member has orders and ends 60 days upon return from the deployment.
Eligibility requirements: active duty or reserve/guard member in active status, assigned to or working at Sheppard AFB, deployed for a minimum of 30 calendar days or personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis (cumulative of 30 days in a 6 month period), copy of deployment orders, completed AF FCC ECC Request.
Designed to provide child care for those members of the Guard and Reserves (CAT A and B) during their regularly scheduled, or properly rescheduled, drill periods. This care is for Training Periods and Unit Training Assemblies only. Individuals on active duty orders do not qualify for this. AF Form 40As must be provided for rescheduled drills.
Eligibility Requirements: reserve or guard member, assigned to an Air Force Guard or Reserve Unit/Installation, no other adult in the household available to provide care, completed AF FCC FCC Request.
Sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society, it is designed to help relieve some stress felt by families in the process of a PCS move. Provides 20 hours of child care at both the departing and inbound installations. Families may use the child care 60 days before the family’s departure and 60 days upon arriving at the new installation.
Member of the Air Force active duty, completed Child Care for PCS Certificate obtained from the Airman & Family Readiness Center, copy of PCS orders
Child care services are offered to eligible patrons at Sheppard AFB for full-time care, before and after school care, and hourly care. If you want to request child care at a Child Development Center, School Age, or Family Child Care, please make an account on www.MilitaryChildCare.com and request which programs you are interested in for child care.
If you are an active duty military member and can’t get your child into one of the above programs, you can contact Child Care Aware of America or call 1-800-424-2246. Please let them know you need assistance in locating a Community Based Child Care Program (enhanced services).
Care only applies to FCC providers. A copy of orders and a PCS Childcare Form must be provided. Please call ahead, as enrollment takes 1 - 3 weeks, depending on FCC provider's availability.
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