The Joint Base Charleston Family Child Care Program offers parents a variety of options to include full-time, part-time, hourly, shift and TDY care for children two weeks through 12 years of age. FCC providers are trained to ensure they are familiar with and meet health and safety standards. As independent business owners, FCC providers have more flexibility than centers in the type of care they provide and the hours of operation. Providers offer diverse and rich experiences for children in their care and are monitored by FCC program staff to ensure they are offering the highest quality of care to children and their families.
Providers participate in a comprehensive training program that serves as a foundation to promote the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of children. Prior to assignment, all providers complete an initial training that focuses on core topics including but not limited to
-Fire, Safety and Health requirements
-Pediatric CPR and First Aid
-Age Appropriate Positive Guidance
-Accountability and Supervision
-Developmentally Appropriate Practice
-Admission and Release Procedures
-Nutrition and Meal Service
-Administration of Medication
-Safe Sleep Practices
-Inclusion of Child and Youth with Special Needs
-Customer Service and Family Relations
When selecting a FCC provider:
-Visit more than one provider. Ask to see their home and don’t be afraid to ask questions about things that interest you. Remember – not every home will be a good match for you, your child, or the provider.
-Consider visiting the home(s) during child care hours. Are the children playing happily? Are they clean: Are the children doing activities that are posted on the activity plan? Does your child seem comfortable in the setting?
-Read the parent agreement carefully. If there is something in the agreement that you disagree with, discuss it at length with the provider. Make sure all changes or agreements are in writing. If compromise is not possible, decide whether you can live with the decision – if not, find another provider that best fits your family’s needs.
-Ask for references
-Ask about back-up care, fee policies, menus and activities
-Ask about the flexibility of the provider’s hours
-Clarify you expectations
MilitaryChildCare.com is a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military operated and military subsidized child care options worldwide. Please visit the site to request care in any of the Joint Base FCC homes.
The FCC Program offers a variety of unique programs beyond the traditional child care setting through the Expanded Child Care Program. These program provide families with the ability to tailor care offered to virtually fit every scheduled, deployment, or special need. Eligibility and the number of hours of free child care available to families varies by program. Contact the FCC Office for program specific information to include eligibility requirements and the number of hours of free child care offered by each program.
Extended Duty Care: Designed to assist families when weekly parental workloads, due to extended duty hours, exceed the normal operating hours of the facility where they are already purchasing full-time care.
Supplemental Child Care: Designed to assist families when their work schedules are outside the normal operating hours of the facility where they are already purchasing full-time care.
Home Community Care: Designed to provide child care for those members of the Guard and Reserve during their primary UTA weekend.
Emergency Medical Care: Designed to assist families who are experiencing a medial situation with an immediate family member.