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Child Care Aware® of America Supports Children in Military Families

April 11, 2012

Month of the Military Child Brings Special Recognition

Arlington, VA -- Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA) joins the White House, the Department of Defense and each branch of the military services in recognizing April as Month of the Military Child.

“Child Care Aware® of America acknowledges and honors the vital role that military children play in our communities,” said Ollie Smith, Interim Executive Director of Child Care Aware® of America. “We applaud the resilience and service of these small heroes, and we continue to support our nation’s military families by improving the quality of child care.”

There are approximately 1.9 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old. Some 1.3 million are school-age; 765,000 have Active Duty parents, and approximately 225,000 have a parent who is deployed. More than 700,000 children have experienced the deployment of one or more parents since 2001.

Child Care Aware® of America provides support for these children and their parents through partnerships with the Department of Defense, respite care programs, and child care fee assistance programs, which supply eligible families with a monthly subsidy to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. For more information on how Child Care Aware® of America is helping military families, visit

Established by former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, the Month of the Military Child pays tribute to the unique service of military children. Military organizations, installations and communities across the nation have planned a range of special events to commemorate this month, including essay contests, camps, reading programs, and a Military Child of the Year recognition program.

Child Care Aware® of America (formerly NACCRRA, the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies), is our nation's leading voice for child care. We work with more than 600 state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care professionals, undertake research, and advocate child care policies that positively impact the lives of children and families. To learn more about Child Care Aware® of America and how you can join us in ensuring access to quality child care for all families, visit us at