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Family child care providers support 4th FW

Jeanette Going watches as children play with wooden blocks on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., May 7, 2012. Jeanette is one of a few accredited and U.S. Air Force trained home family child care providers in Wayne County, N.C. making her a valid source for military personnel and DoD civilians with child care needs. Jeanette is the spouse of Tech. Sgt. Wesley Going, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft ground equipment readiness NCO in charge, and hails from Bristol, Conn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Jeanette Going watches as children play with wooden blocks on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., May 7, 2012. Jeanette is one of a few accredited and U.S. Air Force trained home family child care providers in Wayne County, N.C. making her a valid source for military personnel and DoD civilians with child care needs. Jeanette is the spouse of Tech. Sgt. Wesley Going, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft ground equipment readiness NCO in charge, and hails from Bristol, Conn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Ayden Ortiz, 2, plays with a toy piano while learning the alphabet at the Phaneuf residence in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. When there is a limit on space and service hours at the child development center, home-based family child care providers are made available to fulfill the needs of children and parents. Ortiz is the son of Senior Airman Heber Ortiz, 334th Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics specialist, and hails from Pueblo, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Ayden Ortiz, 2, plays with a toy piano while learning the alphabet at the Phaneuf residence in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. When there is a limit on space and service hours at the child development center, home-based family child care providers are made available to fulfill the needs of children and parents. Ortiz is the son of Senior Airman Heber Ortiz, 334th Aircraft Maintenance Unit avionics specialist, and hails from Pueblo, Fla. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Alana Murphy, 1, smiles and children play with wooden blocks at Jeanette Going’s residence on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., May 7, 2012. Jeanette provides a variety of child care services to military personnel and DoD civilians by taking an active role in the lives of the children she cares for and helping them meet important childhood milestones. Alana is the daughter of Senior Airman Melinda Bangert, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft ground equipment journeyman, and hails from Goldsboro, N.C. Jeanette is the spouse of Tech. Sgt. Wesley Going, 4th EMS AGE readiness NCO in charge, and hails from Bristol, Conn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Alana Murphy, 1, smiles and children play with wooden blocks at Jeanette Going’s residence on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., May 7, 2012. Jeanette provides a variety of child care services to military personnel and DoD civilians by taking an active role in the lives of the children she cares for and helping them meet important childhood milestones. Alana is the daughter of Senior Airman Melinda Bangert, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft ground equipment journeyman, and hails from Goldsboro, N.C. Jeanette is the spouse of Tech. Sgt. Wesley Going, 4th EMS AGE readiness NCO in charge, and hails from Bristol, Conn. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Kilan Johnson, 2, pretends to take a photo while playing at the Phaneuf residence in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. Family child care providers offer an array of services to military personnel and DoD civilians to include 24-hour child care. Kilan is the son of Senior Airman Kimberly McAllister, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament flight, and hails from Goldsboro, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Kilan Johnson, 2, pretends to take a photo while playing at the Phaneuf residence in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. Family child care providers offer an array of services to military personnel and DoD civilians to include 24-hour child care. Kilan is the son of Senior Airman Kimberly McAllister, 4th Equipment Maintenance Squadron armament flight, and hails from Goldsboro, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Toni Phaneuf explains to children how to use a toy camera during playtime at her home in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. Toni finds that teaching children through play assists in better comprehension. Toni is the spouse of retired Tech. Sgt. Gary Phaneuf and hails from Mira Mesa, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Toni Phaneuf explains to children how to use a toy camera during playtime at her home in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. Toni finds that teaching children through play assists in better comprehension. Toni is the spouse of retired Tech. Sgt. Gary Phaneuf and hails from Mira Mesa, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Charlotte Richards, 1, takes a break from learning numbers at the Phaneuf residence in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. Family child care is not solely a babysitting service, the providers assist in the development of the military and DoD civilian children they care for. Charlotte is the daughter of Maj. Chad Richards, 333rd Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle upgrade instructor pilot, and hails from Goldsboro, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

Charlotte Richards, 1, takes a break from learning numbers at the Phaneuf residence in Goldsboro, N.C., May 7, 2012. Family child care is not solely a babysitting service, the providers assist in the development of the military and DoD civilian children they care for. Charlotte is the daughter of Maj. Chad Richards, 333rd Fighter Squadron F-15E Strike Eagle upgrade instructor pilot, and hails from Goldsboro, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Aubrey Robinson/Released)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- The 4th Fighter Wing Airmen & Family Readiness Center offers military members and Department of Defense civilians with an alternate child care option.

There are currently 11 licensed family child care providers on the installation.

"Family child care homes were designed to help with the overflow of the CDC wait list," said Cristy Barnes, 4th Force Support Squadron family child care coordinator. "If a parent on the list needs childcare immediately, they may contact me and I can help them locate an FCC home provider."

There are several steps potential providers must follow before FCC homes are open for business to include orientation, family interviews, reference checks and completing at least 24 hours of training. Once the process is complete, providers may open their homes to children and are subject to random inspections.

"The FCC coordinator, public health, the fire department and occasionally the parent board will come and inspect our homes," said Jeanette Going, FCC provider and spouse of Tech. Sgt. Wesley Going. "Parent disciplinary committees also visit throughout the year."

Most FCC homes are on base and the providers may offer care outside of the standard CDC hours. Many of these providers work around the hectic work schedules of military members and DOD civilians.

"Because some parents work at night, our hours can fluctuate between midnight and 5 a.m.," said Toni Phaneuf, FCC home provider and spouse of retired Tech. Sgt. Gary Phaneuf. "Whatever support the parents need is what I offer."

For some, having an intimate setting for children's development is another FCC home advantage. Providers become more in-tune with the children and build close relationships with family members.

"(One child) has been with me since she was 6 months old, so I got to see her crawl and take her first steps," Going said. "It's really exciting when you form a one-on-one relationship with the children. They become kind of like family."

The FCC is in need of more home-based providers due to the upcoming permanent change of station season, the amount of expecting families and a limit of six children per home.

"According to Air Force guidelines we have to have at least three percent of (base housing) available for FCC, which is about 14 homes," Barnes said. "Right now we only have 11 so there is a need for more FCC providers and definitely for infant care."

In recognition for child care providers nationwide, the Friday before Mother's Day marks Provider Appreciation Day. This day, May 11, is a time for parents and guardians to thank the providers in their life who assist in the development of their children.

For more information about FCC, contact the A&FRC at 919-722-7194 or the CDC at 919-722-1199.
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