MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. --
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. — With limited space in McConnell’s childcare facilities, the 22nd Force Support Squadron plans to launch their Family Child Care program in April 2023.
“This program increases the availability of childcare as well as gives [parents] the peace of mind that [their children] are receiving quality care overseen by the Family Child Care office,” said Shelby Goswick, 22nd FSS Child Development Center assistant director.
The Family Child Care program will offer care for dependents as young as six weeks to as old as 12 years in licensed FCC provider’s homes. This will open additional childcare options to allow members of McConnell to focus on the mission without the worry of obtaining childcare.
“To become part of the FCC program you must contact the Family Child Care Office,” said Goswick. “They will begin the licensing process which includes background checks, Child Abuse Prevention, CPR and food handlers training, as well as home inspections.”
For those who complete the certification process, there are incentives involved.
“Currently the Air Force is offering several incentives for FCC providers,” said Goswick. “There are monetary incentives for having your own children in care while you care for other children, recruiting other providers, initial and renewal certification bonuses, and bonuses for transferring your FCC business when you move.”
With a recent change in Kansas state policy, becoming a certified provider for the Air Force has become easier. Prior to the policy change, all providers who lived off base needed to obtain both an Air Force and Kansas state license to operate a family childcare home. With the change, military spouses residing on or off base are allowed to solely operate under and Air Force Child Care license. This will allow off base FCC providers to streamline their licensing while also allowing providers to maintain only one set of policies, trainings, and inspections.
“Families will request care with a provider on militarychildcare.com, just as they would for the CDC or School Age Program,” said Goswick. “Once a family has requested care, if the provider has slots available, they will request an interview with the family to explain their policies, hours of operation, curriculum and ensure that it is a good fit for the family and the provider. Once an agreement is made, the family will be sent an offer for childcare.”
The aim of this program is to have providers available for daytime care, night shifts, extended duty, temporary duty, weekends, holidays, hourly care and care for children witch chronic health problems to increase the quality of life for McConnell’s Airmen and their dependents.
For people interested in becoming a licensed FCC provider or to find out more about the program, they can contact Shelby Goswick at the Family Child Care Office at 316-759-4222 or by email at Shelby.firstname.lastname@example.org.