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NACCRRA Ranks Military Child Care Best In Nation

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TODAY'S FOCUS

NACCRRA Ranks Military Child Care Best In Nation

What is it?

The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) has released a report ”We Can Do Better: 2009 Update” that scores and compares the 50 States, the Department of Defense (DOD), and the District of Columbia child care regulations and oversight requirements. The Department of Defense received the top ranking both for its oversight and standards that protect and support children in Military Child Development Centers.

Yesterday, NACCRRA hosted a briefing forum at which Lt. Gen Robert Wilson, Commander of the Installation Management Command, provided remarks on behalf of DOD in which he acknowledged the importance of child care to the military.

Why is this important to the Army?

Military Child Care is both a readiness issue and a quality of life issue. Quality child care helps service members, working spouses and single / dual military parents by reducing the conflict between their parental responsibilities and the military mission. Soldiers and families can find comfort in the knowledge that their children are in the best care system in the nation.

• The 2009 NACCRRA Report confirms that DOD again ranks as #1 and will continue to be a model for a coherent system for child care.
• Quality Military Child Care is a good news story for DOD and the Army. It is a critical tool in sustaining our all volunteer force.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

All of the Army’s Child Development Centers are DOD certified (the military equivalent of state licensing). These strong standards (encompassing staff training, curriculum, health, safety and nutrition requirements) provided an infrastructure that made it possible for 100 percent of eligible Army Child Development Centers to become nationally accredited by an external professional organization. (This compares to private sector child care centers where less than 10 percent are nationally accredited).

The Army has made a commitment in the Army Family Covenant to continue to provide excellence in our child care program. Our challenge is to ensure as new child development centers are constructed and opened, they too will have the comprehensive operational standards and strong oversight to maintain our families’ expectation of high quality.

Resources:

National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies

Child, Youth & School Services

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