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!
Flexible/Full time hours
Coordinate and conducts activities for program participants
Promotes safe and healthy practices
Maintains professional attitude with children, parents, and staff
Inventories equipment/supplies for daily use
Develops social and physical skills for children
Have you recently PCS'd to Sheppard or returned home from a deployment? If so, you may qualify for FREE CHILD CARE through the Family Child Care Program.
A variety of care is available including, PCS Care, Deployment/Remote Child Care, UTA Child Care, Subsidy, hourly care, Extended Duty Care, full-time care, part-time care, night and weekend care. The individual family child care provider sets the fees. These programs are listed in detail in the sections below. For additional information, please contact the Family Child Care Office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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