If you are in need of quality child care the Family Child Care Program could be for you! FCC has licensed FCC Providers in Lakehurst, Dix and McGuire housing areas. Any adult offering regular child care in privatized base housing MUST be licensed in according to their lease contract.
FCC homes offer an inviting setting, with a family atmosphere, where your child can participate in quality developmental activities and properly supervised by a trained professional.
The FCC Program is open to active duty military dependent children, Department of Defense DoD Appropriate and Non-Appropriated Fund employee dependent children, contract employee dependent children, and reservist dependent children on their duty weekends or two week tours.
If you child is between six weeks and three years and is on the CDC waiting list, the FCC will cost the same as the CDC. The categories range from $59 to $139 per week depending on your total family income. Extended Child Care subsidy can pay for children in care on weekends or for additional child care hours over fifty hours per week. There are special subsidized program for Army deployed; Army Wounded Warrior and Rear Detached Cadre, and Army and Air Force PCS.
Why choose the Family Child Care Program?
- Many providers can respond to unique needs of military schedules such as weekends, evenings and intermittent care.
- Care is available for infants six weeks to school age children in one home, so siblings can stay together.
- Settings for children who do best in small groups.
- Every provider and household members age twelve and older have in-depth background checks.
- Providers homes are inspected by the Fire, Safety and Public Health Departments at least yearly.
- Unannounced home visits are made by the FCC Office to the home to ensure compliance with all regulations at least once per month.
- Only six children can be in care at any time, including the provider’s own children under the age of eight. Only two of these six can be under the age of two, including the provider’s own children.
- Providers purchase their own day care liability insurance.
- Providers have the same orientation training as all CYP employees, including CPR, First Aid, health, sanitation, food handling and disease prevention, child growth and development, child abuse prevention and reporting, appropriate guidance, setting up a home environment, USDA policies and menu planning and business practices before getting licensed.
- Providers complete military standardization modules to ensure they operate a developmentally appropriate home with developmental activities.
- Assessments of each of the fifteen modules are conducted to observe providers doing developmentally appropriate hands-on activities in their home.
- Providers join a network that meets monthly to exchange views and train on special topics relating to their profession.
- The FCC Office continually works with providers to provide training, support, equipment and guidance.
- Providers participate in USDA and serve nutritious meals.
- Providers follow Creative Curriculum and offer a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities for children to enjoy.
- Providers work towards their Child Development Associate (CDA), a national child care credential and National Accreditation through National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) showing their expertise in the field.
- Financial assistance is available to children on the CDC waiting list which allows parents fees to match what they would pay at the CDC.
♦ Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?
If you are considering letting your child stay home alone for a short time before or after school, this is a great resource to utilize with your child before you make the decision.
For any questions, please contact FSS Child & Youth Central Registration Office at (609) 754-3274.