NEWS | Feb. 4, 2016

Family Child Care Supports the Mission

By Sherian Vickers Family Child Care Coordinator

The FCC program offers a variety of child care services for active duty military, reservists on active duty, DoD civilians/contractors assigned to JB Charleston and retirees.  This includes full-time, part-time, drop-in/hourly and occasional weekend care.

Providers are screened prior to licensing/affiliation and are monitored monthly to ensure children are cared for in a safe environment.

Currently, JB Charleston is looking of individuals to join the team. Of particular need are individuals willing to provide care for children under 2 years old and those with special needs, including children with asthma, allergies, cerebral palsy, physical impairment, etc. and for the expanded child care programs offered in FCC.

The FCC Program offers a variety of unique programs beyond the traditional child care setting through the Expanded Child Care Program.  These programs provide families with the ability to tailor care offered to virtually fit every scheduled deployment, or special need.  Eligibility and the number of free child care hours available to families vary by program.  You must provide a copy of your child's shot record, including annual flu, to reserve the space in a FCC home.  These following programs must be scheduled through the FCC Coordinator and are available at specific FCC homes unless otherwise noted. 

FCC Subsidy allows parents with children age 2 years and under to pay the same weekly fee to the provider that they would if they were in the Child Development Center.  Rates are based on total family income and your child must be on the Air Base or Weapons Station Child Development Center (CDC) waiting list (create an account on militarychildcare.com). 

Home Community Care provides free child care for primary UTA weekends when no one else in the family is available to care for the child. 

Deployment Care provides 16 hours of free child care prior to deployment, during deployment and after returning home from a deployment lasting 30 calendar days or personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis (cumulative of 30 days in a 6-month period) in support of contingency operations and members returning for a 2-week R&R leave.  The 16 returning home hours are to be used within 6-months from returning. 

Extended Duty Care assist families in obtaining free child care when temporary workloads due to extended duty hours, exceed the standard 50 hours of care that families are already purchasing in FCC/CDC.  This is considered the families "back-up plan" for temporary situations. 

Child Care for PCS provides 20 hours of free child care to AF families who are PCS'ing in and out of the base.  AF members should contact the Airman & Family Readiness Flight for a voucher for the 20 free hours before contacting a provider for availability of care.  All other service members need to contact a provider for availability of care and then submit the required paperwork request to the FCC office at least 5 working days prior to the date care is needed.  

24/7 Care provides free child care for parents who regularly work extended (12+ hour) shifts or hours outside the normal operating hours of the JB Charleston Child Development Center/School Age Care.  Parents must be purchasing full time care on/off the installation and no other adult in the household is available to care for the child.

Emergency Medical Care provides free child care for families who are experiencing an emergency medical issue with an immediate family member.

Wounded Warrior Care provides free child care for families of wounded warriors who have short-term child care needs (medical/military) appointments.

Child Care Support for Fallen Warriors provides free child care for families who have an immediate family fallen member for dignified transfer/military appointments.

If you are interested in joining the team of FCC providers, any of the programs offered by Family Child Care or offering childcare in your home for more than 10 hours a week, please contact Sherian Vickers at 963-2546, sherian.vickers@us.af.mil  for more details.