New DOD child care fees to begin Oct. 1; goal is consistency across military
September 10, 2012
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii (Sept. 10, 2012) -- Families who use U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's child care services will be receiving notification, in the coming days, of new Child Development Program fees for school year 2012-2013.
"The Department of Defense is transitioning to single fees within TFI (Total Family Income) categories with the goal of providing consistent child care fees across the military community," said Debra Blanchard, director, Child, Youth and School Services; Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; USAG-HI. "The Army continues to pay a portion of the cost of child care to help lower the costs for all families who use child and youth programs."
The Army's 2012-2013 CYSS fee policy addresses patron fees for child development centers, school-age care, family child care, middle school and teen programs, SKIES Unlimited instruction, youth sports and fitness, and Army community-based programs. The CYSS fee policy was released Aug. 31.
CYSS officials will be notifying each of the nearly 1,000 Army Hawaii households that use CYSS child care services -- including full-day, part-day, part-time, school-age and hourly care, youth sports, and Army community-based programs -- of the fees once they are released. The fee structures are also posted to the www.himwr.com website.
"Our Army families can have peace of mind, both on the battlefield and on the job, because their children are in safe, healthy and secure environments," said Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, USAG-HI. "Quality child care on Army installations continues to be one of our highest priorities, and a good value for Soldiers, families and the Army."
For more details, call the USAG-HI CYSS offices at (808) 656-0092.