Child Care Programs

In discussions with the Air Force leadership and specialists in the Air Force Services community, the need for more child care has always been identified as a top need.  While AFAS child care programs cannot meet all of the demand, we feel our specially targeted programs – Give Parents a Break, Child Care for PCS, and Child Care for Volunteers -- do help reduce family stress and support mission readiness.


Give Parents a Break Program

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) recognizes that Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life -- deployments, remote tours of duty, frequent moves, extended working hours, etc. Families are separated from the military member as well as from extended family who might otherwise offer support. In an effort to help, AFAS, in cooperation with AF Services, funds a monthly "Give Parents a Break" program at most AF child care and youth centers.

  Families may be referred to this program by Commanders, 1st Sergeants, chaplains, medical professionals, as well as Airman and Family Readiness Center staff. Give Parents a Break certificates are issued for a specified period of time and may be renewed if necessary.


Child Care for PCS

The Child Care for PCS Program is intended to help relieve some of the stress felt by Air Force families in the process of a PCS move. AFAS will pay for 20 hours of child care (per child) in AF certified Family Child Care homes on base or in AF affiliated homes off base.

Families with PCS orders are able to receive a Child Care for PCS Certificate at the base from which they are departing and at their new base. Certificates, which must be used at the base at which they are issued, are good 60 days before the family's departure from their base, and within 60 days after arriving at the new base.

Air Force families with PCS orders can obtain a Child Care for PCS Certificate at the base Airman & Family Readiness Center.


Child Care for Volunteers

Recognizing how important volunteers are to a base community, the Air Force Aid Society provides funding for child care through the Child Care for Volunteers program. AFAS helps offset child care expenses for volunteers who support programs which benefit the entire base community. (We are not able to pay for those who volunteer in the Thrift Shop, for fund raising or social activities.) Additionally, Key Spouses undergoing initial Key Spouse training may receive up to 12 hours of AFAS-funded child care per child.  This child care is to be done in AF certified Family Child Care homes on base or AF affiliated homes off base.

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