By Debbie Gregory.
MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC) could be a game-changer for military parents.
The online portal allows military parents to access comprehensive information on military-operated and military-subsidized child care options worldwide. It enables families to search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, making it easier for families to find the child care they need. MCC supports requests for full time and part time care.
The goal of the program is to reduce the wait time for child care, and to give parents timely information about the status of their care requests.
Since launching in January 2015, the number of families using the child care portal has grown steadily, with 141,287 families registered and using the system for their child care. The Navy is the executive agent for the program for all the services.
The central gateway allows parents to search online, from anywhere in the world, for military child care of a variety of types at multiple installations in any given area.
Previously, each installation maintained its own waiting list; the website means parents no longer have to sign up for waiting lists in person. If offered a space at one program, parents can accept while remaining on waiting lists for other locations they may prefer.
The Department of Defense provides child care through more than 700 child development centers, school-age care facilities and about 2,600 family child care homes. It services approximately 180,000 children each day, ranging in age from birth to 12 years. The system includes at over 230 locations worldwide. Fees are based on Total Family Income and apply to all children who attend the program on a regular basis.