By Linda Kozaryn
WASHINGTON, June 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.
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.
School-Age Care Fees
WASHINGTON, July 7, 2000 -- Defense officials recently announced the range of fees for school-age child care programs for the 2000-2001 school year.
Fees will be charged as listed on the accompanying chart. The fee ranges have been increased to accommodate for inflation anticipated in 2001. DoD family policy officials review and update school-age care fees annually.
Commanders may implement the fee ranges at anytime between Aug.1 and Oct. 1.
Fees are based on the number of program hours and total family 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.
Commanders may reduce the 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 a reduction.
The rates include all meals and snacks when provided. If food is not provided during full-day summer programs, fees must be reduced by 20 percent.
The optional high cost fee may be used in areas where it is necessary to pay higher wages to compete with local wages, or at those installations where wages are affected by high cost of living allowances or locality pay.
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