According to the Department of Defense (DoD), 37.8% of military children are five years old or younger. The DoD recognizes that childcare is a “workforce issue that directly impacts the efficiency, readiness, retention, and lethality of the Total Force,” which is one of the reasons they are the largest employer-sponsored childcare provider in the United States.
This is also a reason why childcare is one focus of the DoD Office of the Inspector General’s Top Management Challenges for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020. Yet, finding childcare is still considered stressful and can negatively impact service members.
Blue Star Families supports legislation that would make childcare more affordable and accessible to military families.
- Increase the number of providers available to military families and oppose funding cuts to military child care programs
- Exempt military families from having to include BAH as part of their total income when applying for publicly-supported childcare programs
- Expand fee assistance eligibility to military families who wish to enroll their child in a childcare facility that is state licensed (even if it is not accredited)
- Incentivize local childcare providers to obtain national certification via federal reimbursements