As a service member, you have several options for affordable, quality and licensed child care. Deciding which one is the best for your family is the question.

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Child Care Options Expand

Military families now have a new way to help find hourly, flexible and on-demand child care. Online. Nationwide. Free.

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Respite Care Services for Families With Special Needs
Taking care of a family member with special needs can be more than a full-time job. As a parent and/or caregiver, it’s natural to want to give your all to your loved one, but everyone needs a break, whether that’s to go to an appointment, run err...
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How to Find Affordable, Quality and Licensed Child Care

Discover resources to help you secure quality, affordable child care and learn how to find out if prospective child care providers are licensed and qualified.

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Military Parenting — From Family Leave to Child Care Options and Beyond

Military parents don’t always have it easy, but they never have to do it alone. Learn about the different types of support available to help your service member and their family thrive.

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Military Child Care Programs

Choosing child care may be one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a parent, and it can be hard to know where to start. Rest assured, the Department of Defense provides military families with a variety of quality, affordable child care options.

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The Defense Department Offers Expanded Hourly Child Care Service

Military parents can now use an expanded service to find hourly, flexible and on-demand child care. Find out about its features, how to register and more.


Installation Program Directory

Find programs and services at your local installation.