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DoD Announces School-Age Child Care Fees

By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12, 1999 – Defense officials recently announced the range of fees for school-age child care programs for the 1999-2000 school year.

The fees reflect a 1.6 percent increase, based on DoD family policy officials' March review of child care fees. The increase accommodates the inflation rate in the president's Fiscal 2000 budget, according to Carolee Van Horn, a Family Policy Office specialist here.

School-age care programs are offered for children in kindergarten to 12 years of age before and after school, during holidays and summer vacations. Fees are based on the number of weekly program hours a child attends and a family's total annual income. Total income includes all wages, salaries, tips, long-term disability benefits, combat pay, housing and subsistence allowances, and more. This year's fees include a new category for families making $70,000 and above.

Commanders may reduce fees by 20 percent for each additional child in the same family. They may also adjust fees on a case-by-case basis if special financial circumstances warrant.

The rates include meals and snacks when provided. Fees must be reduced by 20 percent if food is not provided during full-day summer programs.

The optional high-cost fee may be used in areas where higher wages are paid to compete with local wages or at installations where wages are affected by high cost of living allowances or locality pay.

At present, the services provide 38,139 spaces, thus meeting 51 percent of the DoD-wide need for care, Van Horn said. To expand school-age care spaces, family policy officials are encouraging use of youth centers, on- and off-base schools, community centers and other facilities, she said.

She said several installations recently formed partnerships with local public schools to provide after-school child care in off-base schools attended by large numbers of military youth. Family policy officials are also encouraging partnerships and affiliations with such national programs as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the 4-H Council. These programs provide training, technical assistance and program materials, Van Horn said.

Before School, After School or Both

Service hrs per week

5

10

15

20

25

30

35

40

50

 

Category 1 ($0-$23,000)

Regular

$4-5

$7-10

$11-15

$15-20

$18-25

$22-30

$26-35

$29-40

$37-50

High Cost

$5-6

$8-11

$12-16

$17-21

$21-26

$25-32

$29-37

$33-42

$42-53

 

Category 2 ($23,001-$34,000)

Regular

$5-6

$9-12

$14-18

$19-24

$23-30

$28-36

$33-42

$37-48

$47-60

High Cost

$6-7

$10-13

$16-19

$21-26

$26-32

$31-38

$36-45

$41-51

$52-64

 

Category 3 ($34,001-$44,000)

Regular

$6-7

$11-14

$17-22

$23-29

$28-36

$34-43

$40-50

$46-58

$57-72

High Cost

$7-8

$13-15

$19-23

$25-30

$31-38

$38-46

$44-53

$50-61

$63-76

 

Category 4 ($44,001-$55,000)

Regular

$7-8

$14-16

$21-24

$28-33

$35-41

$42-49

$49—57

$56-65

$70-81

High Cost

$8-9

$15-17

$23-26

$30-35

$38-44

$45-52

$53-61

$60-70

$75-87

 

Category 5 ($55,001-69,999)

Regular

$8-9

$16-18

$25-28

$33-37

$41-47

$49-56

$58-65

$66-75

$82-93

High Cost

$9-10

$17-20

$26-29

$35-39

$43-49

$52-59

$60-68

$69-78

$86-98

 

Category 6 ($70,000+)

Regular

$9-10

$18-20

$28-33

$37-43

$46-52

$58-63

$67-73

$76-85

$94-105

High Cost

$10-11

$19-22

$29-31

$39-44

$48-54

$59-66

$69-76

$78-87

$98-109

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