Our Mission is CaringArmy Child, Youth & School Services programs exist to support military readiness by reducing the conflict between a soldiers mission requirements and his or her parental responsibilities.
The Family Child Care providers offer full time, part time and hourly care. Some providers also offer extended care for mission related evening or weekend work requirements. Our providers offer a stimulating environment where children can develop motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills through a balance of exploration and planned curriculum. Learning activities are designed to support the natural development of children.
Anyone providing child care on the Fort Meade installation for more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis, must be a certified Family Child Care provider.
Those seeking certification must be 18 years old and possess a high school diploma or GED. They must be able to understand and read English; have basic reading, writing and math skills complete required training and perform satisfactorily during home visits and inspections.
A staff of four supports the providers in meeting required standards. All providers and family members age 12 and older; residing in the home, have yearly back ground checks.
Providers offer developmentally appropriate activities for children age 4 weeks to 12 years. As part of the program providers offer snacks and meals that conform to USDA guidelines for child nutrition curriculum.
FCC providers use the Creative Curriculum for Family Child Care. The Creative Curriculum program allows for meaningful and long lasting learning activities involving active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. The observations required by Creative Curriculum allow the provider to offer an individualized program that will support children’s learning by expanding their play experiences into learning experiences.
Family Child Care providers receive an initial week long Orientation Training which includes Child Growth and Development; Child Abuse Identifying, Prevention and Reporting; Communicable Disease and Administering of Medication; Guidance Techniques; Fire, Health & Safety Standards in their homes; Appropriate Activities; Business Practices; Parent & Public Relations; Setting Up an Appropriate Environment to Foster Learning; CPR; Standard First Aid; Nutrition and Menu Planning. The Family Child Care Training & Curriculum Specialist visits the home regularly to assist with training and role modeling appropriate practice. After certification, providers must complete the same training Modules that staff in the Centers must complete. After completion of all modules, they will be required to complete 24 hours of training per year.
Many of our providers have an Associate’s Degree; Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree. Several providers also have earned their Child Development Associate (CDA). Providers are also eligible to earn National Accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care. There are currently 4 accredited providers on Fort Meade with others working on their Accreditation.
All certified Family Child Care providers receive regular, unannounced visits from the FCC Directors and the Training & Curriculum Specialist. They also must have their homes inspected by Installation Fire Prevention Office, Installation Safety Office and Army Public Health Nurse.
Some providers do transport children in their private automobile. In order to transport children they must provide proof of insurance and must abide by the State of Maryland Child Passenger Safety requirements. Car seats and/or Booster seats must be provided for all children 8 and under. Each passenger must have their own seat belt. Many who transport only transport to and from school; others may take an occasional field trip off the installation. Parents must read and sign the Statement of Understanding Regarding Family Child Care. The front of the form explains the Risk Management Program that providers are covered under through the Army. The back of the form is completed if the provider transports and if the parent is giving permission for transportation. Field trips must have a separate permission form.