Family Child Care

FAMILY CHILD CARE

FCCemblem_Lfamily_careThe Fort Huachuca Family Child Care (FCC) Program is your child’s “Home Away From Home.”  Childcare is offered in leased housing on Fort Huachuca and off post.  Our developmental program is supported by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines.

The FCC Program provides care for children from 6 weeks through 12 years of age, who are registered through the Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services Parent Central Office. Providers are allowed to have a total of six children in care, which includes their own children under 8 years of age.  Some Providers offer extended hours to accommodate parents who require routine evening care, work unusual or long hours, and have mission-related child care needs that require child care services over 12 hours per day.

The professionally trained Providers offer safe, nurturing environments for each child, that promote the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children while responding to their ever-changing needs and the needs of their Families.  We believe that children learn about their world through play and that learning should be active, multi-sensory, hands-on, concrete, and relevant.  We encourage experimentation, free choice, and problem solving.

Located at Murr Community Center, Building 51301, Cushing St. Office Hours/Days of Operation: 0700-1600; Monday through Friday (closed on all Federal Holidays)

Ages Served: 6 weeks through 12 years

Requirements to Become an FCC Provider:                     

family_jpgBefore perspective Providers can open their Homes for business, they must first complete a 40-hour New Provider Training, that  includes Child Abuse Prevention and Identification, Guidance and Discipline, Developmentally Appropriate Activities, CPR, First Aid, Administering Medications, Communicable Diseases, Rules and Regulations, Nutrition, and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) requirements.  Perspective Providers must also pass extensive backgrounds checks for themselves, their spouses, and any children over 12 years of age residing in the Homes.  They are also required to pass inspections by Fire, Safety, and Health proponents.  Once Providers open their Homes for business, they are required to continue their training and receive unannounced Home Visits conducted by the FCC Director and Training Specialist, as well as annual inspections by Fire, Safety, and Health proponents.

General Information:

All Providers are trained and participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).  Providers submit menus for approval before the meals are served in their Homes. Unannounced Home Visits during meal times are conducted to ensure that meals are prepared safely and that nutritious meals are served in the Homes.

Family Child Care Providers are private contractors, but the rates they charge are the same as those charged by the Child Development Center and School-Age Services Programs. There are some Providers residing on Fort Huachuca and in Sierra Vista who are certified through the Department of Economic Security (DES) to offer more affordable childcare.

Advantages of FCC Homes:

            -Homes are multi-age that reflect more of a Family atmosphere.

            -Children and Families receive individualized attention.

            -Siblings can stay together.

            -Small-group environment.

            -Available schedules are more flexible for parents who have unusual work schedules.

Interested in Becoming an FCC Provider?

No experience is necessary to become an FCC Provider.  However, you must be at least 18 years of age, be able to speak, read, and write in the English Language, complete all required training, and satisfactorily complete all background checks and Home inspections.

Need more information?

Please contact Ms. Janet Cass, FCC Director, at 520-533-2498 or by email at janet.e.cass.naf@mail.mil.

Sponsorship and or advertising does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Army.