Family Child Care Program (FCC)
4700 Mow-Way Road
(Care for children 4wks-12yrs)
Visit Army FCC Online
- Child and Youth Services Registration
- Tincher Child Development Center
- Alice Grierson Child Development Center
The Army FCC Program is a child care option provided on and off post by authorized military family members as independent contractors. FCC providers and their homes meet specific requirements and are certified by the installation. FCC providers pass stringent background checks and inspections and complete an extensive training program, to include oversight for activities and curriculum. FCC Homes are regularly visited and inspected by FCC staff, Child and Youth Services (CYS) inspection teams, and installation representatives to include fire, safety and health proponents.
FCC Homes have unique qualities making them the preferred child care choice for some military and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian families. Homes provide flexible hours and a comfortable familial setting. Most homes offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care. Special services may include 24-hour and long-term care during mobilization and training exercises, evening and weekend care, and care for special needs children and newborns. The Army FCC Program is a quality partner in the larger Army child care system and provides nearly one third of all available child care spaces.
There are three types of FCC homes at Fort Sill:
* Multi-age homes are allowed to have six children in care, ranging in age from 4 weeks to 12 years. A provider’s own children under the age of 8 will count in her ratio. Only two of those children may be under the age of 2 years. Hours of services vary by provider with some providers offering extended hours and weekend care.
* Infant homes may have three children from 4 weeks to 2 years, and the provider’s own children under the age of 8 will count in her ratio.
* School-age homes may have eight children between the ages of 5 to 12 years, with the provider’s own children under the age of 12 years counting in their ratio.
Army FCC Online is a database of FCC providers locally and at other installations with Army FCC programs. This website has information about each provider’s family, their backgrounds, their play and dining areas, in addition to photos of the provider and the different areas of their homes. The provider profiles can only be accessed after obtaining a user name and password from the Parent Central Services office, which is located at 4700 Mow-Way Road. There is a public website at www.armyfcc.com where a listing of installation profiles is available for viewing. These profiles give basic information about each program, including phone numbers and points of contact, which can be helpful if you are PCS’ing to a new installation.
The National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the accrediting agency for FCC providers. NAFCC accreditation recognizes providers for the high quality care they offer children and their families. For children, accredited homes offer safe inviting spaces and warm nurturing care. For parents, accreditation is an indicator of responsive, stimulating child care that offers educational activities designed to meet the needs and interests of young children.
I. Family Child Care providers offer:
Developmentally appropriate child care, not custodial care; full time, part-time, and hourly care. Providers may also offer extended care, 24-hour care, or long-term care during deployments or training exercises.
Family Child Care providers are enrolled in the USDA Child Care Food Program, which means your child will be fed meals that are nutritionally balanced, with no additional cost to you.
Family Child Care providers receive on-going training, administrative support, and access to a number of resources, to include a fully stocked toy lending library.
II. RATES FOR FCC HOMES:
FCC providers are private contractors with the government and as such, fees are paid directly to the provider by the patrons. Patron fees are determined by Parent Central Services and based on DoD Fee Policy.
III. FCC REFERRAL POLICY:
Child care slots in FCC homes are referred out through the PCS office.
For additional information call 442-2470 or stop by building 4700 N Mow-Way Rd., during the hours of 7:30am-4pm.