Family Child Care - (2 Wks - 12 Yrs)
Family Child Care provides a safe, developmentally appropriate home environment to care for children so parents can focus 100% on the Vandenberg mission. Working under contracts with parents, our licensed FCC providers offer high-standard care for 6-week to 12-year old children in government housing.
Child Care Service Providers
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The Vandenberg Family Care Provider Office is currently recruiting new providers. Prospective providers are trained, screened, and approved by applicable agencies. The FCC Panel meets to approve or disapprove applicants. All orientation trainings are free and are held in the Child Care Office. Anyone who is interested in becoming a licensed FCC provider must contact the FCC office.
Significant recruitment and retention incentives are available. We pay you to take care of your own children, eligible to be part of your FCC program ratio. Advance your career by becoming an accredited Provider. Receive valuable training and experience that is transferable to a position at the Child Development Center or Youth Program. Be your own boss and earn $5k+ per month.
Description of a child care provider:
Flexible/Full time hours
Coordinate and conducts activities for program participants
Promotes safe and healthy practices
Maintains professional attitude with children, parents, and staff
Inventories equipment/supplies for daily use
Develops social and physical skills for children
Play, Learn & Grow Together
Have you recently PCS'd to Vandenberg or returned home from a deployment? If so, you may qualify for FREE CHILD CARE through the Family Child Care Program.
A variety of care is available including, PCS Care, Deployment/Remote Child Care, UTA Child Care, Subsidy, hourly care, Extended Duty Care, full-time care, part-time care, night and weekend care. The individual family child care provider sets the fees. These programs are listed in details in the sections below. For additional information, please contact the Family Child Care Office.
Family Child Care Providers undergo stringent certification requirements: 15 Family Child Care Virtual Lab School Courses (approximately clock hours), monthly unannounced home inspections, yearly background investigations, annual training (24 hours), and certification in ServSafe and CPR/First Aid for children 2 weeks to 12 years.
According to our Air Force Instruction (AFI) 34-144, 11.17 states, “Residents providing uncertified child care residing in government owned and privatized housing are notified of the requirements when providing care for more than 10 hours a week. Uncertified care will be investigated by the Family Child Care Coordinator, accompanied by the Flight Chief or Force Support Squadron Commander/Director (or designee). The individual will be provided with a written request to complete the certification procedures and to cease providing care until they become certified. Security Forces will be contacted if there are suspected violations of law and the Family Child Care Program notifies the Privatized Property Management office.”
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Tips when selecting a child care provider
- The relationship between Provider and Parent should be viewed as a business, with your most precious asset involved.
- Ask to see the home and don’t be afraid to ask questions that concern you.
- Read the contract thoroughly. If there is something in the contract that you disagree with, discuss with the Provider. Make sure all changes are in writing. If they are not willing to make compromises, decide whether you can live with the decision and if you cannot, find another provider that better fits your needs.
- If you see something in a home that makes you uncomfortable about leaving your child in that home, please call the FCC Coordinator. Our goal is to ensure that all homes provide quality care.
- Visit the home during child care hours. Are the children playing happily? Are they clean? Are the children doing the activities that are posted on the schedule?
- It is a requirement of the program that a signed contract between the provider and the parent is accomplished prior to care being provided. The contract will include hours of operation, fees, payment schedule, provider’s and child’s vacation, sick leave and absences, responsibility for alternate care, and termination policy.