Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the excerpts from federal law that govern children and youth programs in the military.
Title 10 United States Code (USC) §1785, "Youth Sponsorship Program," January 7, 2011 This law directs the Secretary of Defense to require a Youth Sponsorship Program at each military installation for dependent children of service members who have moved to that installation as a result of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders.
Title 10 USC §1791 - §1800, "Military Child Care," February 7, 2011 The Military Child Care Act of 1989 established standards for the operation of child care facilities on military installations and directed a pilot program of accreditation for fifty military Child Development Centers.
Public Law (PL) 106-65, "National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2000," October 5, 1999 Section 584 of PL 106-65 ("Support for Expanded Child Care Services and Youth Program Services for Dependents") amended Title 10 USC to authorize DoD to offer financial assistance to civilian providers who meet DoD standards to expand or supplement the availability of child care services for children of service members.