Family Childcare

Family Child Care & Training Office Location
6155 Arnold Street ADD- Building 6001

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Family Child Care

The Family Child Care Program offers an alternative for child care to families who want their child or children in a less structured and home-like environment. Providers are able to accommodate the various work schedules of parents by offering not only full time child care, but also part time care, drop in services, weekend and evening/night time care as well as shift work and special needs care. These homes are licensed by the 72d Mission Support Group Commander in coordination with the base health, fire and safety agencies and are monitored by the FCC Coordinator. The Family Child Care Program also sponsors an off base affiliate program. These providers are approved by both the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the FCC Office. The affiliates must follow the same regulations as the on base providers, and will receive the same benefits. Children, ages 2 weeks through 12 years, of any active duty or retired military member, DoD civilians, employees of, or supported by Tinker Air Force Base and contractors are eligible for care under the Family Child Care Program.


The Family Child Care Program is governed by the Air Force Instruction 34 - 276 and local operation instructions. Operating a Family Child Care Home on base is a privilege, which at the discretion of the 72d Mission Support Group Commander, can be denied or terminated. In order to be licensed or affiliated, providers receive training in child development, nutrition and positive guidance techniques. Other training includes prevention, identification and reporting of child abuse, CPR, First Aid, Food Handlers, Health and Safety as well as continued ongoing training. The primary goal is to provide quality care in a safe and stimulating environment. You are cordially invited to visit the Family Child Care Office between 4-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On-Base Family Child Care

The FCC Program is child care provided in leased quarters for 10 hours or more per week on a regular basis. Maximum capacity is no more than six children, two of which are under the age of two, including the FCC Provider's own children under the age of eight.

Off-Base Affiliate Program

The FCC Program also sponsors an Off-Base Affiliate Program. Applicants must be the spouse of an Active Duty or Retired Military member. Affiliate Providers are approved by both the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the FCC Office. There is no differentiation between On-Base licensed and Off-Base Affiliate providers in regards to training requirements or adherence to Air Force regulations.

Expanded Child Care (ECC)

Extended Duty Care

The EDC Initiative is to enable families to obtain high-quality child care from licensed or affiliated providers at or near their base when weekly parental workloads due to longer duty hours exceed their typical 50-hour child care arrangements. Child care provided is for non-traditional hours, i.e., evenings and weekends at no additional costs to parents. The EDC Initiative helps parents mission related duty, temporary shift change, extended work days, unplanned weekend duty and rapid deployment mobilization when their regular source of child care is not available. (Contact the FCC Coordinator for more information.)

Returning Home Care

Active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve members returning to their home stations after deployments of a minimum of 30 calendar days or personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis (cumulative of 30 days in a six month period) in support of contingency operations, we will receive 16 hours of child care per child (12 years and under) FREE. Child care is offered in the EDC homes. Each member may use no more than 16 hours of care per child per six-month period.

Subsidy Program

The FCC Subsidy Program allows parents to utilize a FCC home and pay the same weekly fee they would be charged for child care in the CDC or School-Age Program. Available for families with children 2 weeks to 12 years, children with special needs and parents working swing or midnight shifts. The amount offset by Air Force is based on the type of care provided, the age of the child, and the provider's license status. The FCC Coordinator calculates parent fees by using the guidelines set forth on the DD 2652, Application for Department of Defense Child Care Fees, on Total Family Income (TFI). NOTE: The subsidy program is intended to help support military spouses' employment and education. Subsidies will only be provided to single parent families, families with a working spouse, or one who is enrolled in school full time. 

Child Care for PCS

The Child Care for PCS Program is intended to help relieve some of the stress felt by families in the process of a PCS move. The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) will pay up to 20 hours of child care (per child) in licensed FCC homes on base or in AF affiliated homes off base. Air Force families with PCS orders can obtain a Child Care for PCS Certificate at the base Relocation Office in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. Families can receive a certificate at both the base from which they are departing and at their new base. Certificates are good only at the base at which they are issued--unused hours do not transfer from one base to another. Families may use the 20 hours of child care within 60 days before the family's departure from a base, and 60 days after arriving at the new base.

Home Community Care (HCC)

Home community care (HCC) provides care for guard and reserve members during their primary unit training assembly (UTA). Contact the FCC Coordinator for more information.

Tips for Selecting an FCC Home

  • Start interviewing in advance of need
  • Visit more than one home
  • Ask for references
  • Ask about back-up care, fee policies, menus and activities
  • Ask the provider how he/she would respond in hypothetical situations
  • Ask very specific questions about the Provider's guidance techniques
  • Clarify your expectations
  • Ask about the flexibility of the Provider's hours
  • Check for age-appropriate materials and activities
  • Look for evidence of a safe and healthy atmosphere
  • Ask if receipts are provided for income tax credits

Becoming an FCC Provider

Help support the Air Force mission by caring for the children of our military and DOD civilian personnel while establishing a professional career for yourself. At minimal start-up cost to you, you can operate your own home-based business, set your own hours, be with your children, and care for other children at home. The FCC staff will train and help you provide responsible, safe, in-home care for children ages 2 weeks to 12 years in your government home or affiliated off-base home.As an added benefit, you'll also receive 60 hours of AF Standardized training, annual refresher training and be eligible for low cost insurance options. The FCC Program will assist you in seeking the Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) and accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). And, your credentials follow you wherever you go, making your home-based business portable. When you PCS or when your spouse leaves the military, you can move your business along with your family. You can make a difference by providing quality and affordable child care in a home setting.

FCC Provider Application | FCC Conviction Statement

Requirements for becoming an FCC Provider

  • Military family member
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Have the ability to read, speak and write English
  • Are physically and mentally capable of providing care
  • Are willing and able to complete the training required of FCC Providers
  • Are willing to agree in writing to practive the requirements for FCC Providers
  • Are able to obtain the required insurance coverage
  • **Active duty members are not allowed to be licensed or affiliated
**NOTE: Applicant/providers with chronic health problems may be approved providing they are physically and mentally capable of providing care. 

Steps to becoming an FCC Provider

  1. Complete FMP FCC 1 (FCC Application) and all standardized forms
  2. Attend FCC Orientation Training
  3. Obtain First Aid and CPR training
  4. Set up appointment with FCC office to have home inspections for Fire, Safety, Military, Public Health and Family Child Care
  5. Obtain required day care liability and auto insurance.
  6. Await notification from FCC Coordinator of the results of the FCC Panel. The panel reviews and selects the best qualified applicants to become providers, and forwards recommendations to the MSG Commander.
**NOTE: Off base affiliates follow the aboce steps in addition to first being licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. 

Penalty for Not Seeking a License

The MSG Commander may revoke the housing privileges of individuals who provide child care without a license or who continue to provide care after their license has been suspended or revoked per AFI 34-276.

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