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NEWS | Oct. 6, 2008

Child care available in base housing, affiliated homes off base

By 12th Services Division

Quality child care is a priority for working parents.

Family child care homes provide quality care and flexibility for parents working and living on Randolph Air Force Base.

Military family members who reside in base housing and affiliated homes off base operate family child care homes and are able to offer flexibility scheduling for parents.

Some family child care homes open as early as 6:30 a.m. and some don't close until after 5:30 p.m. Other homes offer overnight and weekend care, offering options to parents who have nontraditional work schedules.

The 12th Mission Support Group commander licenses family child care providers. The high quality of child care starts with licensing standards that exceed those of the state of Texas.

Monthly inspections from the family child care program staff ensures the care provider is focused on the welfare and needs of the children.

Providers are trained in health, safety, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, first aid and child development. They can accept up to six children with no more than two children less than two years old.

Serving a small number of children and their families provides a great benefit. It offers children a head start in achieving good personal relationships. The homes are comfortable environments where children play, eat, sleep and interact with each other.

Learning is a natural part of a child's day. Writing grocery lists, setting the table and helping prepare meals are opportunities to read, write and count.

Air Force Instruction 34-276 prohibits the use of military quarters for child care unless licensed by the 12th Mission Support Group Commander. Individuals providing unlicensed care for more than 10 hours per week risk losing base housing privileges.

The next family child care training class is Nov. 6-9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. To sign up or for a current list of licensed family child care providers at Randolph or affiliated providers off base, call 652-3668.