FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (April 12, 2012) -- Are you providing child care out of your home on Fort Meade?

Are you certified through the Child, Youth and School Services Family Child Care?

If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second, you could be in violation of guidance for providing child care on an Army installation.

Anyone who provides child care out of their home on an Army installation for more than 10 hours per week on a regular basis must be certified through CYS2 Family Child Care.

The FCC office is responsible for certification and monitoring of all family members on the installation who wish to provide child care out of their homes. Care provided without certification through the FCC office is considered to be unauthorized care if it exceeds the 10 hours per week guidance.

Each year, two months are considered amnesty months, when anyone providing unauthorized care can voluntarily come forward and start the certification process.

As long as individuals actively pursue certification by turning in the application and attending the next scheduled training, they can continue to provide care to those families.

If they do not actively pursue certification and successfully complete the process, the child care must stop.

The next scheduled amnesty month is May. To pursue certification, individuals may attend a pre-orientation briefing on May 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

During this briefing, the certification process will be explained and the application packet distributed.

The next scheduled training is later in May. Those dates will be announced at the pre-orientation briefing.

Anyone may sign up for the pre-orientation briefing by calling the FCC office at 301-677-1160.

Certified homes can be recognized by a sign displayed in the front or side window.

If this sign is not displayed in a window that can be seen from the street or parking area, and if children are being dropped off regularly, it is possible the resident is providing unauthorized care.

Providing unauthorized care can jeopardize eligibility for housing as well as the military career of the sponsor.