U.S. Army Garrison Alaska, Fort Greely hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony Feb. 5 for the first Family Child Care home opened on the installation since 2014.
Ms. Danielle Davis, the registered owner of the FCC home, is a military spouse who was previously employed at the Child Development Center on Fort Greely and also has two years of experience with Air Force child care services. Davis currently has three children enrolled in her new home program, and other parents have expressed interest in having their children join.
"I have always loved opening my home especially to extra kids, and this was a good fit for my family and myself. Having an FCC home allows me to feel like I have a purpose and can still be a part of the Army's mission," said Davis.
The FCC program is an integral part of the Child and Youth Services child care system available on Army garrisons. FCC provides quality home-based care for children 6 weeks to twelve years of age and is offered in government owned and government leased housing located on post. The timeline to open an FCC home typically takes three months. Although the homes are fully funded and overseen by Child and Youth Services, the FCC provider receives 100% of the patron fees. Currently, CYS has a limited waitlist, but will utilize current and future FCC homes to supplement spaces that the Child Development Center cannot fill.
"The addition of an FCC home offers flexibility and child care options that had not been available for a long period of time to the Soldier and Civilian workforce of U.S. Army Garrison Fort Greely," stated Lt. Col. Joel Johnson, the garrison commander.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a FCC provider, please
contact the CYS Coordinator, Ms. Holly Keller at (907)-873-4599.