Your Family, Your Choice
Families in need of quality child care at Dyess Air Force Base can rest assured that our Family Child Care services are both nationally accredited, and highly regulated.
An ideal option for parents of children who prefer a smaller, more personalized child care setting; our FCC providers are recruited to provide the best possible service options. Please see below to learn more.
Choose Home-Based Child Care
Families who prefer quality child care in a home setting can rest assured that our Family Child Care services are both nationally accredited, and highly regulated.
FCC care is available for children ages two weeks to 12 years of age. Family Child Care solutions are available to fit virtually every schedule, deployment, or special need.
FCC Benefits for Military Connected Parents:
- A smaller setting and personalized childcare plans
- The convenience of different aged children together in the same care setting — ideal for siblings
- Flexibility that aligns with mission demands and work schedules
- Hourly, part-day, full-day, shift, and weekend care may be available
- Care for children with special needs including conditions such as allergies, asthma, or physical challenges
Dyess AFB FCC providers are carefully recruited to provide the best possible childcare solutions available in the Abilene area. Click here for information on becoming an FCC provider.
What is Licensed Family Child Care?
Licensed, certified, home-based, care for military-connected children ages two weeks to 12 years of age for more than 10 hours per week on a regular basis. FCC providers are carefully screened child care professionals selected to provide quality, affordable, home-based care for military-connected children. There may be no more than six children under the age of eight, in a licensed FCC home, including the providers own children. FCC providers may only care for two children under two years of age at any given time. FCC affiliated homes and care providers may be located off the installation.
What Parents Need to Know
FCC providers undergo a stringent licensing procedure, including training, home inspections, and background checks. This includes a 15 module license qualification training, as well as 24 hours of recurring annual training. FCC providers are also CPR and First Aid certified.
To ensure the safety and well-being of the children in their care, FCC providers undergo regular, mandatory training requirements and receive monthly, unannounced home observations. Meals and snacks for children are planned to meet USDA requirements, and FCC homes are smoke-free environments where no pets are allowed around children. Children’s television viewing is limited to one hour of child-appropriate programming, and FCC providers are trained to use only positive discipline techniques – physical punishments are strictly prohibited. In addition to the above measures, FCC providers and family members complete annual security clearances.
Parent advisory meetings are held quarterly and offer parents information, education, and the opportunity to offer input and suggestions. FCC providers also have access to a resource center that provides equipment and supplies.
Find the Right FCC Provider for Your Family:
Step I: Obtain and Complete enrollment forms (available at the FCC Program office)
Step II: Obtain a current, official copy of your child’s immunization record indicating all required vaccinations are up to date
Step III: Obtain an FCC Provider Referral List and set up interviews and home visits.
- Review contracts and fees
- Discuss home policies and discipline procedures
- Prepare interview questions which may include topics such as schedules, vacation, illness, open door policies, etc.
- Be prepared to provide information about any special needs, concerns, or requirements your child may have
- Check provider references Step
Step IV: Sign a travel authorization
Step V: Sign a contract with the provider
Step VI: Provide two, local, emergency contacts Resources and information are available for parents at the FCC office, Child Development Center, A&FRC, and through First Sergeants and Commanders.
Extended Duty Care
Free child care is provided to military members who perform their mission during contingency operations. This program is also designed to help families who have to temporarily work longer hours, evenings, overnights, weekends, or are experiencing a temporary shift change.
This program is designed to assist a family’s utilization of a Family Child Care home. Pay the same weekly fee they you would be charged for child care at the Child Development Center or School-Age Care Program. Children with special needs may qualify for this.
Remote Child Care
We offer free childcare for anyone stationed on Dyess AFB that will be deployed for more than 30 days. We give families 16 hours of care pre-deployment, 16 hours of care each month of the deployment, and 16 hours of care post-deployment. This may be used once the member has orders and ends 60 days upon return from the deployment.
PCS Child Care
This program is designed to relieve stress felt by families in the process of a PCS move. We provide 20 hours of child care at both the departing and inbound installations. Families may use the child care 60 days before the family’s departure and 60 days upon arriving at the new installation.
Unit Training Assembly
This program is designed to provide child care for members of the Guard and Reserves during their scheduled drill periods. Individuals on active duty orders do not qualify for this. AF Form 40As must be provided for rescheduled drills.
Become an FCC Provider
Military-connected children are our mission. They need you.
When you choose to open your home to military-connected children you strengthen your community. You give Airmen the choice to place their children with well-trained, nurturing caregivers who truly understand the mission and the challenges our children face. When our kids are taken care of, Airmen can do the jobs that keep us all safe.
Why Choose to Open Your Home to Military-Connected Children?
- Spouses and retirees can generate significant supplemental income while staying at home with their own children
- FCC training and licensing PCS’s with you (each State has licensing requirements)
- As an FCC caregiver you become an independent business owner and develop a highly sought-after skill set
- FCC providers may obtain accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care
- Offset food costs through reimbursement for healthy meals served to children through participation in the Child & Adult Care Food Program
- Eliminate child care expenses for your own children
- Military kids move a lot, welcoming children into your home leads to friendships that last a lifetime
- As an FCC caregiver you become part of a network that extends across the DoD with access to lending libraries, resources, technical assistance, and training that strengthen your Early Childhood career
- Most importantly the impact you have on the lives of the children in your care gives them one more support system to ensure their success
Provider Frequently Asked Questions
Do I qualify to become an FCC caregiver?
To become an FCC caregiver you:
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Must be a High School Graduate
- Must be able to speak, read, and write English
- Must be the spouse of an active duty or retired military member
- Must be physically and mentally capable of obtaining an FCC license, passing all training requirements, and caring for the daily needs of young children
Can I live off-base and be an FCC Provider?
If you are the spouse of an active duty military member, or a military retiree, you may apply to become and FCC provider. You may become and affiliate provider if you regularly care for at least one military dependent (other than your own child) in your home. All FCC caregivers must meet the same requirements. Off-base providers receive the same benefits as an on-base provider.
How do you become a licensed FCC Provider?
- Attend and FCC Orientation Training, pass the 15-module training leading to licensing
- Obtain CPR and First Aid certifications
- Obtain a valid Food Handler’s Card and medical certificate
- Successfully complete background screenings and obtain a Security Clearance
- Accomplish required home health, safety, fire, and FCC inspections
- Complete 24 hours of supplemental training annually
What professional support do FCC providers receive?
- The FCC Office sponsors classes and workshops in child development for the professional development of providers
- Lending libraries with toys, equipment, games, and resources keep activities fresh and affordable
- Promoting your business through FCC provider referral list to parents
- Serves as a sponsor for the Child & Adult Food Care Program
DISCLAIMER: The FCC Program accepts children with chronic health problems for care and employs and approves as providers, individuals with chronic health problems.
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