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Child Care Pilot Program

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The pilot program will be offered to all eligible U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with children under 14 years of age; regardless of rank or unit and if you live or drill within: Kansas and Missouri: Kansas City and surrounding areas and in Illinois and Iowa: The Quad cities and surrounding areas. For more information please visit:


Child Care Pilot Program FAQs
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 Are meals available for child during care?


The soldier will be responsible for establishing meals plans with the provider.


 Are providers required to have insurance in the event an incident occurs with a child?


Yes. Providers are mandated to have $500,000 of liability coverage in the event an incident occurs with a child.


 Can providers administer medication to child(ren)?


Yes. Providers can administer medication. It’s a screening requirement for providers to maintain a certification in first aid and infant/child Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

 Do special needs children qualify for the Child Care Program?


Yes. Special needs children qualify for the program. Soldier MUST annotate special need(s) of child.


 How long is child care service available?


Child care service is offered for 12 hours per day. (Soldier is responsible for establishing hours with provider.)


 How much money do Soldiers save by using the Child Care Program?


Soldiers enrolled in the program will save $384 during a two-day BA weekend.


 How soon will I know if I’ve been accepted into the Child Care Program?


You will be assigned a care matchmaker when you register on the app who will connect you with a caregiver in your area.


 What locations can Soldiers apply for child care service?


The pilot program will be offered to all eligible U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with children under 14 years of age; regardless of rank or unit and if you live or drill within:
Kansas and Missouri: Kansas City and surrounding areas.
Illinois and Iowa: The Quad cities and surrounding areas.


 What’s the number of available child care spaces/slots for children?


There is currently not a cap on spaces, but if interest continues there maybe a need for a cap, so I would suggest signing up early.


 Who will be allowed to pickup/drop-off child?


Pickup/drop-off of child is at the discretion of the Soldier. The Soldier may plan with the caregiver to have designated person pickup/drop-off child.


 Will the Child Care Pilot Program extend beyond Kansas City and The Quad cities?


The program is anticipated to expand.


Family Programs Child and Youth Services (CYS) Division is our focal point to ensure Army Reserve Children and Youth are well served as they grow to adulthood amid the unique challenges of Army Reserve Family life. CYS leverages child, youth, military, community and national resources to meet the needs of our Families where they reside.

Family Programs Child and Youth Services Specialists provide: Information, referral support, outreach and resources to Soldiers, Family members, command teams and Civilians based on their specific needs.

Did you Know?

Army Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized Reserve and Active Duty personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available or a viable option for the service member and their family. The program available through Child Care Aware® of America provides subsidies for eligible military dependents enrolled in quality commercial childcare programs throughout the United States.

Child Care Aware® of America authorizes subsidy amounts based on Total Family Income (TFI) for those eligible Army families and supplies monthly payments directly to the prospective childcare provider. The Army Fee Assistance Subsidy is the difference between what the Sponsor would pay for on-post childcare and the community-based childcare provider's rate, up to a provider rate cap of $1700 per child per month. Learn More:


The National Military Family Association offers a variety of camp experiences to meet the needs of military families wherever they are in the world. Our Operation Purple® programs are designed for all military families to create opportunities to enhance well-being through connection.

Learn more at: Operation Purple


Camp STARS is a weeklong overnight camp experience for military children who have illnesses, disabilities, and life challenges (ages 6-21), as well as their siblings (ages 6-14). Through a combination of traditional indoor and outdoor camp activities, like swimming, outdoor games, and arts & crafts, Camp STARS campers get to make new friends who have similar life experiences, step outside of their comfort zones, and grow in confidence.

To learn about scholarships, email

If you are interested in sponsoring Camp STARS 2024, please email

Our Military Kids awards up to $300 per child (ages 3-18) to fund the extracurricular activity of their choice while a parent is deployed or activated stateside with the National Guard or Reserve.

This grant program is made possible solely through the generosity of foundations, corporations, and individual donations.

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 Military Services for Families with Dependent Children


Family Programs can provide information on military Child and Youth programs, referral support and resources to Soldiers and Family members, command teams and civilians based on their specific need.

To receive assistance please contact:

Military OneSource (MOS) provides relevant and responsive information to support military and their Families, and is available to assist you with live support 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact MOS staff to receive assistance by calling at 1-800-342-9647 or go to



 Childcare Solutions for Soldiers on Title 10 Orders


Childcare Solutions for Soldiers on Title 10 Order for more than 30 days with dependent children 6 weeks to 12 year old may be eligible to participate in the military childcare services based on meeting program criteria.

is an online resource to help military families find

an array of military-operated and military-subsidized child care options for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. is a "single gateway" for families to enter as they request child care. Families can customize their search, put their children on waiting lists and monitor requests for placement.

DoDI 6060.02 Child Development Programs: Although child care supports working parents, it is not an entitlement and parents must pay their share of the cost of child care.



 Military Childcare Options


Child Development Centers (CDCs) are facility-based child care programs that typically provide care for children ages six weeks through five years from Monday through Friday during established hours.


School Age Care (SAC) Programs are facility-based programs that typically provide care to children enrolled in kindergarten through age 12 from Monday through Friday during established hours . SAC programs typically provide care before and after school and during school holidays and summer vacations.


Family Child Care (FCC) or Child Development Homes (CDH) are home-based child care programs offered by certified providers who care for children in their homes on or off of an installation. Each provider operates an individual program supported by an FCC/CDH office that provides training and oversight.

FCC/CDH providers typically offer a flexible schedule to support parents of children ages four weeks through 12 years who need child care from Monday through Friday during established hours, on weekends, or during extended duty hours.

Go to to create an account, search and request care or contact the help desk at 1-855-696-2934 if you need help personalizing your families' search.


You may contact the Military Installation Childcare Services Directly.  To find the contact information for the installation go to, bottom of page and search my name of installation to find the program contact information.

 Army Fee Assistance for Respite Care (AFA)


AFA offers respite childcare (no-cost, hourly childcare) to support Families of Deployed, Wounded Warriors, Survivors of Fallen Warriors, Army Recruiters and ROTC Cadet Cadre (trainer). Respite care up to 16 hours per child, per month.  Respite care for deployment status may be authorized for 30 days prior to deployment, and for an additional 90 days after the sponsor returns.


Contact Child Care Aware of America® (CCAoA) for more information on available programs, eligibility requirements, required documentation and how to apply.  All questions on eligibility and new applications for AFA should be addressed to CCAoA.


Learn more at:  or call 1-800-424-2246  to speak to a representative at Childcare Aware or Email:


 YMCA Military Outreach Initiative and Respite Childcare


At participating YMCAs, locations offer service members and their Families FREE access to their fitness centers and respite childcare services through the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Military Outreach Initiative. The Military Outreach Initiative gives service members and military Families extra support and access to vital resources that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.


Deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their Families. YMCA is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military Families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period. It’s our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country. Respite childcare is provided at no cost for up to 16 hours per child, per month, and is available for infants up to age 12 (or youngest/oldest ages permitted) at participating YMCA locations.

Learn more at:

 Our Military Kids


Supporting the children of our nation’s deployed Army Reserve Families. Army Reserve Families sometimes have trouble accessing support services from military installations. During deployments, these Families may lose income when their military member leaves a civilian job to accept a military position overseas. The loss of income and lack of resources can create gaps that are hard on Families.  Our Military Kids, fills these gaps with a simple grant program that pays for children’s activities.

Our Military Kids’ grants have a limit of $300 per award and can cover up to six months of participation in a single activity. The organization sends a check directly to the service provider of your choice, paying for an activity that helps renew your child’s spirits and relieve the anxiety and worry they can experience while a parent serves in a war zone.

To apply, please note all of the following criteria:

  • The Reserve service member must be deployed overseas (OCONUS);
  • The deployment must be at least 180 days;
  • There must be at least 60 days remaining on the orders at the time of application;
  • The child must be at least 5 years old, but not older than a senior in high school (children become ineligible once they have graduated high school);
  • The child must be a dependent of the service Soldier. 

Learn more at: 
To apply for the grant on-line:


 Childcare Solutions for Soldier in a Troop Program Unit (TPU) Status


Military OneSource and Child Care Aware of America® can help determine your childcare service needs and factors to consider when selecting a provider, and can connect your Family to national and local childcare and school-age services providers and resources within your community based on your need. 

Child Care Aware of America®

Looking for child care? There are over 400 local Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) agencies across the United States. Your local CCR&R can help Army Reserve Families find child care options near your home or work.  To find your local agency go to or call 1-800-424-2246 to speak to a representative at Childcare Aware or Email:

Each state operates a childcare financial assistance program, your local CCR&R can help connect to this program to see if you meet the criteria to participate or connect to other local resources based on your need.

Military OneSource is available to assist you with live support 24/7, 365 days a year. Contact MOS staff to receive assistance in finding childcare and resources in your local community by calling at 1-800-342-9647 or go to


 Military Services for Families with Dependent Youth


You may contact the Military Installation Childcare and Youth Services Directly.  To find the contact information for the installation go to, and follow the search prompts. (Note: select “program or service” from the “I’m looking for” drop-down menu)


 Boys & Girls Clubs of America:  Mission Youth Outreach


Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the U.S. Armed Forces partnered to help children of military Families face the unique challenges of military life. Today, this enduring partnership continues to provide children of military personnel with critical youth development programs and activities, giving Families the vital support they need. In addition, one-year, no-cost memberships are provided to children of the approximately 70 percent of Families who live outside military installations.


Learn more at:


 Operation Purple


Does your family have a service member returning from a deployment, gearing up to deploy, or finding a new normal after an injury? Let us help your child prepare and cope. When your military kid attends Operation Purple Camp (OPC), they'll thrive in an environment with fully trained counselors and camp staff experienced in helping children adapt and overcome the stressors of military life.

Learn more at: Operation Purple Camp



 Tutoring and Homework Help


Tutoring and homework help can be a great benefit for all students, especially youth who experience the unique challenges of military life. It offers more personalized learning and reinforcement, and may help students improve academic performance, strengthen work and study habits and improve attitudes toward learning or the subject area. With the availability of online tutoring, students can receive assistance at their convenience and fill the gaps in academic shifts between different schools regardless of location.

Free On-Demand Tutoring for Army Reserve dependent children through This program provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members and their dependents. With live, expert tutors available 24/7, military-connected students can receive academic help at their moment of need—anywhere they have an internet connection.  

Learn more at: 


 eKnowledge SAT or ACT Test Prep Programs


eKnowledge is entering its 14th year assisting military Families. The Project waives the complete $350 course price for the SAT or ACT Test Prep Programs, so you pay only the cost of delivering the program: There is a student fee of $19.99 for the cost of streaming, support and materials for the Standard All Access Program, and $39.99 for the Premium All Access Program.

Learn more at:


 Army Scholarship Foundation & Scholarships for Military Children programs


The Army Scholarship Foundation offers scholarships for undergraduate education for dependent children of US Army Soldiers and spouses of active duty enlisted US Army Soldiers. Dependents and spouses of active duty Reserve members along with survivor children are eligible to apply for this scholarship. 

Learn more at:

The Scholarships for Military Children program will award 700 scholarship grants, each for $2,000 to military youth. For more details go to your local commissary or the website:

Learn more at:


 Military Kids Connect (MKC)

MKC is an online community for military children (ages 6-17) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life.

Learn more at:

Contact Us:


Email Us!
List of Family Programs Directors and Coordinators
National Suicide Prevention Call or Text : 988
Support specialists are available at Military OneSource: 1-800-342-9647
Safe Helpline - Sexual Assault Support for the DoD Community Toll-Free: 1- 877-995-5247

OCONUS Veterans/Military Crisis Lines
Europe: 844-702-5495 or DSN 988
Pacific: 844-702-5493 or DSN 988
Southwest Asia: 855-422-7719 or DSN 988

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