Children, Youth and Teens Department of Defense Policies

General Children and Youth Policy

DoD Instruction 6060.2, “Child Development Programs (CDPs),” August 25, 1998 This instruction prescribes policy and procedures for DoD-operated Child Development Programs to include the provision of DoD-sponsored or -operated Child Development Centers, family child care homes and recreational programs on and off the installation.

DoD Instruction 6060.4, “Department of Defense Youth Programs,” August 23, 2004 This instruction implements policies and assigns responsibilities for installation-based youth programs for children, kindergarten through grade 12, of service members and civilian employees.

Department of Defense Instruction 1402.05, “Background Checks on Individuals in DoD Child Care Services Programs,” July 14, 2016 This instruction reissues DoD Instruction 1402.5 to establish policy, assign responsibilities and provide procedures for conducting criminal history checks on all adults who have regular contact with children under age 18 in DoD-sanctioned programs.

DoD Instruction 1015.10, “Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Programs,” July 6, 2009, certified as current May 6, 2011 This Instruction reissues DoD Instruction 1015.10, and incorporates and cancels DoD Directive 1015.2, to establish and implement policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for operating and managing programs for military MWR programs. Child Care and Youth Programs are specifically cited in this Instruction as basic community support programs (Category B MWR programs).

DoD Instruction 1342.22, “Military Family Readiness,” July 3, 2012 This directive establishes policies, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures on family policy for DoD personnel.

Family Care Plans Policy

DoD Instruction 1342.19, “Family Care Plans,” May 7, 2010 This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities and prescribes procedures for the care of family members of DoD and emergency-essential civilian personnel who are single parents, dual-military couples with dependents, members of emergency-essential civilian personnel who otherwise bear sole responsibility for the care of children under age 19, or other personnel with family members who are unable to care for themselves in the absence of the member or emergency-essential employee.

Children, Youth and Teens Department of Defense Legislation

Title 10 U.S. Code §1785, “Youth Sponsorship Program,” Feb. 10, 1996 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 orders.

Title 10 USC §1791, “Funding for Military Child Care,” Jan. 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 50 military Child Development Centers.

Public Law 106-65, “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2000,” Oct. 5, 1999 Section 584 of this law (“Support for Expanded Child Care Services and Youth Program Services for Dependents”) authorized 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.