DoD Announces Slight Child Care Fee Hike
By Linda D. Kozaryn
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jun. 28, 2000 Fees at military child care facilities will increase by about $1 to $2 more per child each week for the 2000-2001 school year, DoD officials announced June 21.
The fees keep pace with estimates of inflation. DoD family policy officials review and update child care fees annually.
Depending on their total family income, DoD families will pay between $40 and $116 per child per week during the upcoming school year. The fee represents about half the cost of child care, the remainder is paid with appropriated funds from Congress.
How much parents pay for military child care is based on the family's total income. This includes all earned income -- wages, salaries, tips, long-term disability benefits and voluntary salary deferrals. It also includes service members' combat pay, housing and subsistence allowances, and the value of meals and lodging furnished in-kind to military personnel residing on military installations.
Installation commanders set fees within DoD ranges. This gives the commander flexibility to adjust fees based on the cost of living in the local area. Commanders also have the authority to use an optional high-cost fee range in areas where it is necessary to pay child care providers higher wages to compete in the local labor market.
Installation child development centers may begin charging the following fees anytime between Aug. 1 and October 1.
Category Total Family Range of Weekly Optional High
Income Fees Per Child Cost Range
I 0-23,000 $ 40 - 53 $ 45 - 56
II 23,001-34,000 50 - 64 55 - 68
III 34,001-44,000 61 - 76 67 - 81
IV 44,001-55,000 74 - 86 80 - 92
V 55,001-69,999 88 - 100 91 - 105
VI 70,000+ 103 - 114 104 - 116
Commanders may offer a 20 percent fee discount for each additional child from the same family. Hardship waivers may be granted for families in unique financial circumstances.