Pentagon makes military families a greater priority for child care services

A Smith Child Development Center caregiver interacts with children in a play group in Baumholder, Germany on April 28, 2018. MARY DAVIS/U.S. ARMY
A Smith Child Development Center caregiver interacts with children in a play group in Baumholder, Germany on April 28, 2018. MARY DAVIS/U.S. ARMY

Pentagon makes military families a greater priority for child care services

by Caitlin M. Kenney
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — A new policy change by the Pentagon will ensure more military families have priority access at military child care centers as high demand for spots has created long waitlists.

Due to frequent moves and only a few years at each installation, many military families face challenges finding consistent child care, according to Nicole Russell, the deputy director of government relations at the National Military Family Association, a private nonprofit advocacy group based in Alexandria, Va.

“When you’re moving from one duty station to the next, a service member needs to make sure that their family is taken care of and their children zero to 12 [years-old] have the child care that they need,” she said.

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