My name is Greg Young. I’m the Navy Child and Youth Program director at Navy Installations Command and my office has oversight of all Navy Child and Youth Programs worldwide.
We are constantly adapting our products and services to meet the evolving needs of the readiness of our Navy families. Last June the Secretary of the Navy announced that we would be extending the hours of our child care programs Navy-wide and the Secretary of Defense recently announced, in the Department of Defense “Force of the Future,” that child care programs DoD-wide would be extending their hours to 14 hours per day. Starting in April 2016, we are beginning a phased roll out to increase the hours of our child development centers by an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening. Currently hours are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but as this plan goes into effect new hours will be 5 a.m. to 7 p.m., which will match the opening and closing times in our before/after-school and summer day camp programs offered at our youth centers. Our plan is to have these extended hours available at all of our installations by early 2017.
These new extended hours are being offered to better accommodate mission work schedules, educational pursuits, physical fitness, deployment support and other family readiness needs. Families enrolled in our programs can use the program anytime during the new hours of operation, up to 12 hours per day, and there will be no increase in parent fees for the extended hours. Also, all of our programs offer hourly care that will also be available during the extended hours.
Our programs are committed to ensuring quality, accessible and affordable child care for our personnel worldwide. We have 50,000 child care spaces in Navy-operated child development and youth centers, child development homes and through our Military Childcare in Your Neighborhood program that contracts with commercial child care programs throughout the U.S. Our fees are based on total family income and our programs are nationally accredited and, as part of the Department of Defense Childcare Program, we are ranked number one in the nation for quality standards and oversight in a study by Childcare Aware of America.
For more information about our programs or to sign up for care, please visit MilitaryChildCare.com.