Childcare & respite childcare for military families

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Camp Joy (Operation Help a Hero) (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA)
Deployment doesn't take a break, but "deployment single" parents, need one. Spouses of our active duty military force shoulder the burden of keeping the homefires burning , often doing everything for 6-12 months a time with no family nearby to support them. Because of this, many of these moms and dads get no break for months at a time. But deployment doesn't take a break.  OHH Camp JOY is our answer to this ever-present need. We provide a 5 hour block of fun for kids with deployed parents, and Mom/Dad gets a much needed break.

OHH Camp JOY gives children, dealing with a parent deployed, an opportunity to be around members of the community who appreciate the sacrifice they make and adults to serve as mentors. Our hope is that every camp is so special, so fun, and so filled with JOY that each child will spend the day focused on the celebration not the separation.

OHH Camp JOY gives a hands-on opportunity for civilian volunteers to thank and support the military families who serve them. Volunteers serve as counselors, activity directors, craft/art directors, sports coordinators and more. More importantly, volunteers get to serve in a mentor role for kids with deployed parents.

Child Care Aware of America
Child Care Aware of America is proud to partner with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs. To date we have served more than 10 million families and have created a network of more than 10,000 licensed child care providers.

Little Patriots Embraced - MD-TEC Fund
Little Patriots Embraced raises money through donations to support a unique program we call MD-TEC Fund (military dependent – tuition, emergency, and childcare fund).

The main purpose of this fund is to offer monetary assistance for family emergencies and financial support for childcare to help the spouses of deployed military personnel. In addition, when our funding is available our organization provides tuition for military dependent children to attend summer camps of their choice.
This secure Department of Defense website provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With, you create an account and maintain a family profile that you can access at any time from any location.

The profile stores your basic information such as sponsor name, contact information, family type, and child data. With this profile you can conduct a customized search for a wide range of child care options, request care across services, submit unlimited requests for care, and remain on wait lists for a preferred program even after being offered care by another program. By improving and simplifying the child care search process, helps you make informed decisions about your child care needs.

Sittercity is America's largest and most trusted online source for in-home caregivers with over 1 million nationwide caregiver profiles. Your Sittercity membership gives you online access to local caregivers with profiles that include pictures, parent reviews, references, background checks and more. The Sittercity program is funded by the DoD and is available to you at no cost. Register on Sittercity and find local sitters and military subsidized care providers.

Sittercity Helps You Find:
  • Babysitters! For after-school, hourly care, school vacations, deployment and PCS, extended work hours, special needs children, and anytime you need a sitter
  • Nannies! For full and part time, infant and young child care
  • Certified CDH/FCC care providers
  • Care providers who are authorized access to an installation
  • Elder care companions, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors

Military families can have a Sittercity membership at no cost! Sittercity memberships are funded by the DoD to help you find local sitters and military subsidized child care providers. Memberships are available to Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force families. Activate your membership today!

YMCA Military Outreach Initiative
Deployment can be a stressful and uncertain time for our nation’s servicemen and women and their families. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, the is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period. It’s our way of giving back to those who dedicate themselves to serving our country.
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