DoD Child Care Fees Increase Between Aug. 1 and Oct.
By Staff Sgt. Alicia K. Borlik, USA
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 17, 1998 Weekly rates at military child care centers will increase 2.8 percent between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1 as the services adopt a new DoD fee schedule.
Fees are based on total family income and apply to all children who attend centers regularly. Installation commanders set local policies and rates within the allowed range. Rates are generally based on 10 hours of care each weekday; discounts for additional children or families are the commander's choice.
Fees are broken down into five income categories and whether the installation is in a high-cost area designated by the Office of Personnel Management, such as San Diego, San Francisco and metropolitan Washington, D.C. The categories and ranges (high-cost areas listed second) are:
- Category 1 (up to $23,000) -- $38-51 and $43-54.
- Category 2 ($23,001-34,000) -- $48-62 and $53-66.
- Category 3 ($34,001-44,000) -- $59-74 and $65-79.
- Category 4 ($44,001-55,000) -- $72-84 and $78-90.
- Category 5 ($55,001 and up) -- $86-97 and $89-101.
Total family income includes all earned income -- wages, salaries, tips, long-term disability benefits, voluntary salary deferrals, quarters and subsistence allowances to include in-kind quarters and subsistence received by service members, pay for service in a combat zone and anything else of value, even if not taxable, that was received for providing services.
"Quarters allowance" is the minimum basic allowance for housing rate, and "subsistence" is the basic subsistence allowance for military members.
Military members must provide a copy of their most recent leave and earnings statement for income verification. Civilian patrons may use their most recent W-2 for verification. Persons who decline to show proof of income pay Category V fees.
Services will forward the new fee ranges to installation commanders, who set local rates. Installations may reduce fee up to 20 percent for each additional child from the same family.
DoD will review fees during the first quarter of 1999. Services will provide information on the number of users per category, percentage in each income category, average fee charged per category and overall average fee paid by service users.