Child care has become a major issue this election season, highlighted throughout the debates and presidential candidate platforms alike. The focus has mainly been on families and the challenges they face when seeking high-quality, affordable child care. For military families this can be especially difficult. According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), active-duty military personnel move an average of once every two to three years. This results in children changing schools and child care providers frequently. In addition, the DoD reports that roughly 70 percent of military families do not live on base, making access to military-funded installation child care even more limited.
Child Care Aware® of America is proud to celebrate Military Family Appreciation Month this November as a supporter of our military families through various programs and services. Since the inception of military fee assistance programs with CCAoA, more than 10 million families have participated across military services to include Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. CCAoA also provides a nationwide network of 10,000 licensed child care providers for military families seeking high-quality, affordable child care. We have the privilege of speaking with thousands of families and providers each year through our Child Care Aware® national hotline, and help connect more than 1.5 million visitors through our website. Our Exceptional Family Member Respite Care Program (EFMP) is administered to Navy and Air Force families in 35 states.
We invite you to join us in celebrating Military Family Appreciation Month this November.