Expansion of Care: Give Parents a Break Program

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  • By Tracie Faulk
  • Airmen and Family Readiness Center
Sometimes we need a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. The Give Parents a Break Program provides childcare for eligible parents who are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life, including deployments, remote tours of duty and extended working hours.

This is a great option for those families often separated from spouses and extended family members who might otherwise offer support.
Partnering with the Air Force Aid Society -- who pays the cost of childcare -- Family Child Care Home care providers are now able to provide this service to eligible service members and families. The addition of FCC providers significantly expands access to care options for those wishing to participate.

Give Parents a Break offers up to four hours a month per child for three months for all eligible active duty members. A certificate is required for participation in the program and can be obtained at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.

The base officials who can refer a family for a certificate include the squadron commander or first sergeant, chaplain, doctor or other medical professional, Family Advocacy personnel, or the Child Development Center or Youth Center directors. Self-referrals are also welcome and can be supported after a brief consultation with a member of the A&FRC staff.

For further information, please contact the A&FRC at (406) 731-4900.