FIVE & THRIVE: CHILDCARE

We believe in accessible, affordable, and safe childcare for all military families.

The Department of the Air Force Child and Youth Programs assist military and civilian personnel in balancing the competing demands of the mission and family life by catering programs and services for eligible children and youth from birth through 18 years of age.

Department of the Air Force Child Development Centers are designed to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for children (5 weeks to 6 years old) and are uniquely designed to accommodate each child’s developmental level.

FCC offers child care to children and youth from two weeks to 12 years of age. Care is provided in homes located on or off an installation that has been certified by the Mission Support Group Commander. One of the hallmarks of the FCC is its ability to tailor the types of care offered to virtually fit every schedule, deployment, or special need.

Would you like to become an FCC provider? Click here for more information.

This secure Department of Defense (DoD) website provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With MilitaryChildCare.com, you create an account and maintain a household profile that you can access at any time from any location.

CCAoA works with a national network of more than 400 child care resource and referral (CCR&Rs) agencies and other partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. CCAoA also provides child care assistance for military families through Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs.

Kinderspot's intent is to help facilitate short-term care for eligible families by giving visibility to available weeks that have been offered by verified spot holders at participating CDCs.

The Defense Department recognizes that child care is a critical support for military families with children. Our military parents cannot be focused and available for their missions without safe and reliable care in place for their children.

For more resources on childcare, see page 18 in the Thrive Guide.