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What is Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care?
U.S. Air Force (USAF) Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families stationed throughout the country have children who require child care services. Some children have special needs that require unique child care considerations. Finding and paying for quality child care for children with special needs can also present significant challenges for military families. The U.S. Air Force EFMP has established a quality respite child care program for families with children having special needs and who are enrolled in the USAF EFMP. Respite Child Care is specially designed for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate or severe special needs.
“Respite Care has been a wonderful gift! It has been such a relief to know my boys, ages three and one, are being taken care of while either I or my husband and I get to get some time. We have…a wonderful respite provider who provides such peace of mind… it’s nice to know the kids are in such capable hands...It is a huge burden that has been lifted…we greatly appreciate it...It keeps us sane! Thank you for the service to our family!”
- Parent, Travis AFB
"...The (application) process..has gone as smooth as silk. The individuals (providers) referred are phenomenal, they have insight and ideas to use when working with (our daughter) are a great addition to (her) development and growth! I would venture to say they might even be overqualified but that doesn't hurt anything. (Daughter) warmed up to them quickly and liked them a lot. The process wasn't hard and we are extremely pleased with every facet of the program, application process, and individuals that we have interacted with along the way...thanks for being an advocate for this program to take flight."
- Parent Testimonial
"This program has been such a relief to my wife and me. (The provider) we have worked with throughout the program has been amazing, dependable and very professional. (It is a relief) to have some time alone and a bit of relief from the daily tasks of dealing with a special needs child. This program is a great thing, and my wife... and I want to thank you so much for offering it and funding it."
- Parent Testimonial
Where is the program available?
Airmen stationed at Air Force locations listed below may be eligible:
*These locations are coming soon.
|State||City||Air Force Bases (AFB)|
|Alaska||Anchorage||Joint Base (JB) Elmendorf-Richardson|
|Colorado||Colorado Springs||AF Academy, Peterson & Schriever|
|Florida||Fort Walton Beach||Hurlburt Field|
|Hawaii||Honolulu||JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam|
|*Louisiana||New Orleans||Barksdale & Keesler|
|National Capital Region||Greater DC||JB Andrews, JB Anacostia-Bolling, Fort Meade, & the Pentagon|
|Nevada||Las Vegas||Creech & Nellis|
|*North Carolina||Raleigh||Seymour-Johnson & Pope Field|
|*Texas||Lubbock||Dyess, Goodfellow, Laughlin & Sheppard|
|Texas||San Antonio||JB San Antonio|
|*Utah||Salt Lake City||Hill|
What is the good news about Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care?
Beginning September 1st, all eligible Air Force families will receive 12 hours of respite child care per month. This is a 50% increase for families whose children have moderate needs, (our largest group of families).
What is included in Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care?
*Approved providers have comprehensive background checks and pre-service training: CPR, First Aid, Medication Dispensation, and Child Abuse Recognition & Prevention as well as subject matter training in the care of children with special needs.
How much will Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care cost my family?
Who is eligible for Air Force EFMP Respite Child Care? Airmen are eligible if:
Who should I call?
Families or interested providers call Child Care Aware® of America toll-free at 1-800-424-2246
How do I apply for Air Force Respite Child Care?
Child Care Aware® of America will connect the Airman's family to the local participating agency. The agency will work individually with each family to complete the necessary application and assist with connecting the family to a local respite child care provider who will meet their needs.
What do I need to apply for Air Force Respite Child Care?
Child Care Aware® of America will connect the Airman's family to the local participating agency. The agency will work individually with each family to complete the necessary application and assist with connecting the family to a local respite child care provider who will meet their needs. Child Care Aware® of America will send the family the following form to complete and return: Respite Child Care Verification Statement.
The local participating agency will provide the family and providers the necessary forms and applications or you can apply online.
How long does it take?
The process is individualized for each family. The agency will meet with the family to complete the initial paperwork. The agency and family will work together to identify potential respite child care providers to determine which provider(s) best meet the family's needs. Once a provider has been interviewed and selected by the family, the family will notify the agency and care can begin.