Space Criteria: A Guide to the Guides
The primary, objectives of military child care programs
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are as follows:
Improving the Quality of Life for military personnel and
No. of Children
their families: developmental services which reduce the
conflict between parental responsibilities and unit mission
20% of the number
Extension of the family: the provision of services
which support the child rearing responsibilities of the par-
ents and serve as a supplement to, not a substitute for,
the family as the primary agent for the care and develop-
ment of the child.
Aid to development: developmental services that pro-
mote the child's physical, social-emotional, and intellec-
Developmental programs provide for children from six
weeks to 12 years of age. These programs should create
opportunities for development within a context of secur-
ity, trust and care. Within this comprehensive service,
three primary components exist.
Full Day care - designed to meet the needs of working
parents requiring child development services on a regu-
larly scheduled basis, 5 - 11 hours per day.
Part Day care - to provide child development services
on a regularly scheduled, part-day basis.
Hourly Care - to meet the needs of parents requiring
short term child care services on an intermittent basis.
No one type of child care facility is suitable for all situa-
tions and needs. A CDS program should offer a network
of child development services coordinating facilities of
different types and sizes:
Center-based care - providing structured, age-appro-
priate group experiences within neighborhood or more
centralized installation facilities.
Quarter-based care - offering a family atmosphere for
limited numbers of children, within certified homes in
Supplemental child care options - possibly including
approved baby-sitter information/referral, parent co-ops,
child development programs sponsored by private orga-
nizations, MWR convenience operations, and contracted
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