What is Family Child Care?
The Family Child Care (FCC) Program at Kadena Air Base provides quality and dependable child care in a safe and healthy home environment. The Air Force defines FCC as care provided for a child in on-base quarters, other than the child’s own home, for more than 10 hours a week and on a regular basis.
FCC providers are certified and insured and support families in need of:
• Full-time care
• Part-time care
• Drop-in/hourly care
• Care for shift workers or those who regularly work non-traditional duty hours
• PCS Care of up to 20 hours of free child care for Air Force families when PCSing in or out after sponsor is pre-approved by the Air Force Aid Society
• Extended Duty Care for registered patrons of any of Kadena’s Child Development Centers or School Age Care programs who need temporary care in excess of the standard 10-hour day contracts, during hours when their current child care is not operational or during short-term TDYs.
How are rates determined?
FCC providers are self-employed and set their own rates. Exceptions to this are the select in-home providers who voluntarily participate in the FCC Subsidy Program. In these homes, weekly rates are pre-determined by the MSG Commander and are based upon total family income (TFI).
All Family Child Care homes on the installations must be certified to operate by the Mission Support Group Commander. Unlicensed care is classified as providing 10 or more hours per week for children in your home. Non-compliance is subject to consequences such as housing privilege loss.
Who can participate in the FCC program?
If you are interested in working out of your military housing while staying at home with your children, then being a certified Family Child Care provider may be just for you!
To find out more about FCC space availability or to obtain information on becoming a certified provider, please contact the FCC Coordinator, Geraldine Horton at 634-0514 or stop by the FCC office, building 1850 on Kadena Air Base. The FCC Coordinator can also be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
The FCC program provides you with the opportunity to manage your own business, set your own hours and fees and provide quality in-home child care. The FCC program offers an extensive, free equipment and supply resource center that provides you everything you need to get started and maintain your business free of charge. Please note that if you are regularly offering care for children other than your own for more than 10 hours a week, approval is required by Family Child Care.
• Must be at least age 18
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Able to speak, read and write English
• Good mental and physical health
• Able to pass a comprehensive background check, including family members living in the home
• $300,000 of home liability coverage insurance
• Up-to-date immunization records and pet health certificate if applicable
Procedure to Obtain a License:
1. Complete an application and return to the FCC office with a copy of high school diploma or equivalent.
2. Complete an in-home interview.
3. Complete reference verification through FCC staff and agency checks by Security Forces, Family Housing, Family Advocacy Life Skills and AFOSI.
4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from sponsor’s commander/first sergeant and letter of clearance from school for any child over age 12.
5. Complete program orientation training.
6. Check out items from FCC Resource Center, set up home environment, and complete final inspections by Fire, Public Health, Safety, and FCC Coordinators.
7. There will be a review by FCC panel of applicant’s record after all steps for licensing are completed.
8. The FFC panel will make licensing recommendations to the Mission Support Group (MSG) Commander. Only the MSG Commander can approve, disapprove, suspend or revoke a license.
Extended Duty Care, Returning Home Care and PCS Care
Open to all patrons currently enrolled in a CDC or SAC program. Available for parents to children of all ages who need more child care than their current child care arrangements can provide for:
• Mission-related duty
• Extended duty days
• Temporary shift changes
• Rapid mobilization
• Drill weekends/annual training
• Working longer than 10 hours a shift
Please contact Family Child Care for more information.