Army Respite Program

Respite Child Care for Soldiers

The United States Army Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS) is making Respite Child Care services available for you. Respite Child Care will provide your family with free hourly child care each month for each of your eligible children. You can use this time to run errands, attend appointments, or just take some well-deserved time out for yourself.  The Army recognizes the challenges and extraordinary stress you and your family may be experiencing and wants to help support you in meeting your unique child care needs.

Eligibility Requirements

To take advantage of the Respite Child Care, you or your spouse need only be an Army Service Member in one of the following categories:

  • Deployed Active Duty (for 30 days prior and 90 days after return)
  • Deployed Army National Guard/ Reserve Members
  • Active Duty Recruiters
  • ROTC Cadet Cadre
  • Wounded Warriors (WW) assigned to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU) or Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB)
  • Survivors of Fallen Warriors
  • Memorial Service Attendance for Fallen Soldiers (on site only)

The Army spouse is not required to be working or enrolled in school to qualify. Eligible hours will vary depending on status.

Parent Documentation to Submit

Already receiving fee assistance through another Army program? Contact us at for details on how to apply for additional assistance through the Army Respite program.

Child Care Provider Documentation to Submit

To find a provider who meets the requirements to serve your family, please contact Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246 for a personal consultation or search onlinefor providers already pre-qualified to serve Army Families in your area.

Payment Rules for Army Respite Care

  • Army Respite Care is not a substitute for regularly scheduled child care
  • May be used at the discretion of the parent
  • Combination of installation respite care and NACCRRA respite care cannot exceed authorized monthly hours
  • Must be used in at least 1 hour increments (for example, 1 hr 20 minutes of care will be charged as 2 hours of care)
  • Monthly attendance sheet will be verified by parent and provider to receive reimbursement

Take some time out for yourself. Take advantage of this opportunity to receive free hourly child care each month. Submit your application today!