The School-Age Care Program provides before and after-school care for youth whose parents work full time. Wayne County Public Schools provide bus service to and from the Youth Center, Meadow Lane Elementary and Greenwood Middle Schools. The program conducts educational and recreational programming for youth, 6 to 12 years of age, and proudly boasts their accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC) is a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care. This site will allow families to search for and request care from a wide range of military-operated and military subsidized child care options across all Services to include Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Additional benefits from Child and Youth Services (CYS) are standardized procedures for effective waiting list management, expedited placement of children and youth into available programs, and enhanced daily operations for programs.
The program’s costs of operating the center do not decrease when one or more children are absent in a room. Unless at least half of the children are absent, the same number of staff must be present to ensure the health and safety of the children. The fees collected from parents are used to pay the caregiving staff and those costs do not decrease because of the absence of a few children.
There are several reasons why the fees at some off-base centers may be lower than the Air Force Child Development or School Age Care programs. Many off-base centers do not provide infant and toddler care or, if they do, provide only a few spaces for these age groups. These age groups are the most expensive to provide care for because of the lower ratio. Most Air Force centers devote up to half (or more) of their spaces to infants and toddlers, therefore, the overall cost of operating is higher. Secondly, staff: child ratios are different. In many states, the number of children per caregiver is much higher than the Air Force considers necessary to provide good care for children. Paying caregivers enough to minimize staff turnover reduces the amount the Air Force has to spend recruiting, screening, and training caregivers and saves parents money in the long run.
The fees are set by DoD to pay approximately half of the total cost of providing the care. The Military Child Care Act of 1989 directed parents to pay approximately half of the cost of care. Fees are set high enough to only cover the costs not paid for by the taxpayers.
The October 2020 Application for Department of Defense (DoD) Child Care Fees, DD Form 2652, or electronic equivalent will be used to verify total family income (TFI) as defined in Department of Defense Instructions (DoDIs) 6060.02. For the purposes of determining child care fees in the Department of Defense Child Development Programs, TFI is defined as all earned income including wages, salaries, tips, special duty pay (flight pay, active duty demo pay, sea pay), active duty save pay, long-term disability benefits, voluntary salary deferrals, retirement or other pension income including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) paid to the spouse/partner and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits paid to the surviving spouse before deductions for taxes using the individual’s most recent W-2 or Leave and Earning Statement. TFI calculations must also include quarters subsistence and other allowances appropriate for the rank and status of military or civilian personnel whether received in cash or in-kind. Programs should not include alimony, child support received by the custodial parent, SSI received on behalf of the dependent child, reimbursements for educational expenses or health and wellness benefits, cost of living (COLA) received in high-cost areas, temporary duty allowances, or reenlistment bonuses. Do not include cash awards, bonuses, or overtime pay in TFI calculation. TFI includes the appropriate Non-Locality Basic Allowance for Housing with Dependents Rate (BAH Reserve Component/Transit (RC/T)) for all members, regardless of whether they live in government housing or off-installation. Programs will use the local BAH rate in locations where military members receive less than the BAH RC/T allowance. For dual-military living in government quarters, include BAH RC/T of the senior member-only; for Defense civilian OCONUS, include either the housing allowance or the value of the in-kind housing provided. Note that the BAH RC/T rate is based on the calendar year. Programs will use the appropriate year’s rate when calculating fees.
Rather than basing the fees on military rank, the fees are based on a family’s ability to pay. Total family income is a better yardstick since it takes into consideration all income available to pay the child care bill. Additionally one of the purposes of the military child care program is to provide affordable programs to military families. Those families with the lowest incomes are those most in need of assistance with their child care expenses.
Enrolled families receive a typical 50 hours of childcare on a Monday to Friday operation. SAC fees are adjusted based on the number of program hours provided. Daily USDA-approved meals (breakfast, lunch, and a snack) are included. Kids participate in clubs, community service projects, STEM activities, field trips, and more!
Parents register their children through www.militarychildcare.com. Parents will create an account, then search for Seymour Johnson AFB School Age center and complete a request for care. Once they have submitted a request for care MCC.com will populate our waitlist with the child’s priority. If a spot is currently available then the parents will receive an offer of care from us, then they would simply accept the offer and complete the enrollment packet. If a space is not currently available then the child will remain on the list until either a space becomes available or until care needs identified by the parent are no longer current. One important note is that parents have only 48 hours to accept if an offer for care is presented. After 48 hours the offer for care expires, we with withdraw the offer and move to the next child on the waitlist.
This program is available for children ages Kindergarten to age 12 at Seymour Johnson AFB.
School-Age Care offers several different options for care such as Before School Care, After School Care, Before and After School Care, and Hourly Care. We are also open during teacher workdays, early dismissals, spring, summer, and winter break, offering full-time care with a variety of activities and fields trips based on the Wayne County Public Schools' traditional calendar.
This program is available for children who completed Kindergarten through age 12 at Seymour Johnson AFB.
Start and end dates are based on the Wayne County Public Schools' traditional calendar.
To enroll, please visit MilitaryChildCare.com to register. Once you are offered a slot, you will be sent an email to accept. You will then come to the program to complete all necessary paperwork. Your child must be current in all immunizations including the most recent flu shot.
Fees are based upon income. Parents must provide proof of income to determine fees.
If the child has a special need and/or an allergy, paperwork must be completed by your child’s physician before they can be enrolled. Please stop by the center to pick up all necessary forms.
Parents are always welcome to visit and assist with their child's care to the extent that their duty permits.
The parent Advisory Board/involvement is a committee of all the CDC programs in conjunction with other CYP’s. The DAB acts only in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations for improving services. The Chairperson of the DAB is a parent.
The Parent Advisory Committee selects a chairperson. Each chairperson attends the Program Parent Advisory Board meeting. The Parent Advisory Board meets with the Airman and Family Readiness Center Flight Chief and Center Directors at least quarterly and with the Mission Support Group Commander at least annually. The minutes of the parent advisory meetings are forwarded to the Mission Support Group Commander for review.
If you are interested in attending your center's parent advisory committee, please see your center's director for more information.
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