We wanted to make you aware of this important announcement affecting our Navy families. Chuck Clymer, manager of the Navy’s Child and Youth Program at Commander, Navy Installations Command, has provided an update on child care fees for you below. Please let us know your thoughts.
Under a new, DoD fee policy, families with a total income of $85,000 or less will see their child care cost rise by one dollar a week. Child care costs for families earning more than $85,000 will rise between $10 and $16 a week.
The Department of Defense establishes fee ranges for all military child development programs. The Navy will implement the fee changes Oct. 1. More details on the fees are available here, and you can contact your local Child and Youth staff if you have questions.
These revisions represent the first adjustments of child care costs in six years. Why are fee ranges being revised? Primarily to account for inflation and increased incomes and increased caregiver salaries. Competitive salaries help to recruit and retain quality staff. Retaining high quality staff contributes to continuity of caregivers – stability that is very important to the young child’s emotional development. We believe the fee policy revision represents a balanced solution to the issue of adjusting fees to pay caregiver salaries while limiting the financial impact to the family.
The fee adjustment is only a small part of a global effort to add value to the Navy’s Child and Youth Program. We’re adding 7,000 child care spaces fleet wide for children ages 12 and under and 31 new Child Development Centers. The expansion will reduce a child’s time spent on waiting lists to three months or less to meet 80 percent of the potential need across the Navy by the end of 2011.
We’re also offering hourly child care, with reduced rates if you’re attending an event with a family readiness group, visiting a Fleet and Family Support Center or heading to a medical appointment. We offer multi-child discounts, vacation discounts and reduced rates for children of Wounded Warriors.
The Navy supports our Service members and families by caring for nearly 52,000 children ages six weeks to 12 years, in 132 child development centers, 86 school-aged care programs and 3,115 on- and off-base licensed child development homes.
The Navy has a lifelong commitment to protecting the well-being of our Sailors and their families. Ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of the military children entrusted to the Navy’s care is a number one priority.