Army Family Child Care offers options
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - LaQuanda Alston, a DFMWR FCC provider, reads a storybook to military children in her care at her home, recently.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - What's the next best thing to being able to stay home with your little ones'

For many military families, the answer is an Army Family Child Care, or FCC, provider, in the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

Providers undergo the same background checks and extensive training as DFMWR Child Development Center staff, and providers offer an array of developmentally-appropriate activities in their home. Many providers also offer child care as early as 5:30 a.m., and stay open as late as 6 p.m., to accommodate a parent's workday.

Children learn through play, and FCC providers provide activities such as story time, music, arts and crafts, outdoor play, drama/dress up, games, blocks, puzzles, water play and outings.

Children receive healthy, U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved, meals and snacks, daily.

LaQuanda Alston first opened her FCC home in 2003, a year after moving to Hawaii. She learned about the FCC program from a neighbor who was also an FCC provider.

Alston decided to become a provider because she has always loved children and takes great satisfaction in teaching them how to take care of themselves. She enjoys using her knowledge, patience and training to provide a safe, loving and nurturing home to families in need of child care.

The most rewarding aspect of her job, she said, is knowing that she is making a positive impact on the military community and children she cares for.

"For anyone who loves working with children and has patience, FCC is a great organization to be a part of," Alston said.

Becoming an FCC provider involves completing an application and attending a new applicant briefing; undergoing state and federal background checks; setting up a home environment with furniture and toys from DFWMR's Lending Library; allowing inspections for health, safety and fire; and completing one week of training. A-"A?

To learn more about FCC or about becoming an FCC Provider, call 808-655-8373.

Page last updated Fri April 15th, 2011 at 17:57