FAMILY CHILD CARE
Family Child Care Coordinator
Mary Sue Rainey
Bldg 4575 Virginia Ave.
Joint Base Andrews, Maryland
Hours of Operation
*No open times or walk-ins.
Closed on Weekends, AFDW Family Days and Federal Holidays
Family Child Care (FCC) is a quality alternative to center-based childcare, which is provided by spouses of active duty military members in their government-owned or leased housing. The Family Child Care Office and other base agencies certify both the individual providing services and the occupied quarters. Each home is monitored on a monthly basis by the Family Child Care Coordinators. There are also unannounced visits by representatives from fire, safety, public health and other related base agencies.
The FCC philosophy is to nurture the child through care, understanding, love and affection. We believe in providing a relaxed atmosphere where a child can develop to his/her full potential. We encourage children to grow intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally through a daily routine of play and recreation. FCC further believes that the child’s world should be as happy and as free of fears and pressures as possible.
All individuals interested in becoming a licensed FCC provider must apply and be approved before they are licensed to provide childcare. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, have the ability to read, speak and write English, be physically and mentally capable of providing care, be willing to complete the required training and have the ability to obtain the required insurance. In addition, background checks are completed on all individuals living in the home who are over 12 years of age.
The next step in becoming a licensed provider is to complete a basic orientation training that includes child development, child guidance techniques, working in a multi-age setting, fire safety procedures, safety procedures, health procedures, business practices, child abuse identification and reporting, as well as First Aid and CPR. All classes offered through the FCC office are free of charge.
*For more information, visit the Department of the Air Force's Child and Youth Programs' FCC page.
Parent Advisory Board:
We encourage parent involvement at the centers. There is a Parent Advisory Committee established to further the connection between home, your child, the center, and the classroom. There is an open-door policy in place welcoming parents to visit at any time throughout the day. For more information, please stop by the front desk.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFO REGARDING FCC:
Child Care Aware of America Programs
Child Care Aware of America Programs (CCA) are designed to assist military families who do not have access to child care programs on the installation to find child care off the installation. CCA will also help with fee assistance, if the family and the child care program they select are eligible.
Families must be on the installation waiting lists through https://militarychildcare.com to qualify for fee assistance from CCA. Visit https://www.childcareaware.org/fee-assistancerespite/.
FCC offers care for children of any active duty member and Department of Defense civilians.
Each licensed FCC home is distinguished with the FCC logo sign in the front door or window.
Fees and hours of operation are a matter of private negotiation between providers and parents.
The FCC program offers equal opportunities to staff, children and providers. We accept individuals into our program of various backgrounds, religious affiliations and those with chronic health problems. The FCC program also affiliates state licensed providers who are family members of active duty or retired military members.
Air Force Family Child Care Incentive Program
Earn up to $1,775 per week while you work from home! Training and licensing are free and you can be your own boss! Stay home with your children! How? Become a Family Child Care Provider. Full-time providers can now make up to $329 per child, per week!
Through 19 September 2021, JB Andrews is a test base for an Air Force recruitment and retention program offering incentives to new and existing FCC Providers. Providers will make $209 to $279 per week for children over 2 years and $209 to $329 for children under 2. Accredited providers earn even more, up to $370 per child, per week. An additional $200 per child incentive is given to all providers who enroll children who are supplanted from the CDC due to priority on a full-time basis.
*The weekly rate is part parent fee + part Air Force subsidy.
Air Force Family Child Care Programs provide training and oversight to licensed family child care homes on or near the Air Force installation. The providers offer a variety of care options for families such as full-day, part-day, infant/toddler care, evening, weekend, and respite care. Care is also provided to mildly ill children and for parents who work different shifts. The Air Force offers providers the use of lending programs stocked with supplies and equipment needed to set up and maintain quality environments for children. Providers receive intensive on-going training to ensure that high standards of care are met. The Air Force encourages and supports providers becoming accredited by National Association for Family Child Care.