- Certification Process
- Background Checks
- Training Process
- Home Inspection
Army Child, Youth & School Services, Family Child Care (FCC) Program is looking for on-post and off-post FCC home providers that are dedicated to delivering high quality, emotionally secure and educational child care to our military and qualifying DOD family members.
Benefits include: federal subsidies, free initial and ongoing training, and the use of materials and equipment to set up your home. Military spouses and civilians welcome. For more information, please call the Schofield Barracks FCC office at 655-8373 or the Aliamanu Military Reservation office at 837-0236.
Current and Transitioning FCC Providers:
Are you a current FCC Provider interested in transferring your FCC certification to your new home? USAG Hawaii CYS Services Family Child Care can assist with ensuring a smooth and expedited transition.
Attend New Applicant Briefing (NAB)
- New Applicant Briefings are held once a month from 900-1130 at the Schofield Barracks FCC Office.
- FCC roles, responsibilities and standards reviewed in detail.
- FCC certification process explained in detail.
- Applications are to be turned in no later than (NLT) a week from the brief.
- Professional reference checks are completed and Family Interviews will be scheduled.
- Conducted in the home of the applicant. All family members should be present for the interview.
- Investigations are completed on the applicant, military sponsor, and children or any other authorized resident of the home 12 years of age and older. This process takes an average of two months.
- If derogatory information returns on any background the applicant must attend the Quality Review Advisory Council (QRAC) which meets once a month. The United States Army Garrison- Deputy Garrison Commander by recommendation of QRAC will determine whether the applicant may proceed with FCC.
- Orientation Training is comprised of an initial one week training. Child care spaces within CYSS programs (FCC and/or Center based) will be referred as spaces allow but it is up to the individual applicant to coordinate child care services for their own children. All children utilizing a CYSS program MUST be registered with Child Youth and School Services. Registration may be completed at Parent Central Services, contact numbers are as follows - Schofield Barracks 655-5314 and Aliamanu Military Reservation 833-5393.
Prepare for inspections
- Registered Providers must turn in all documents on Certification Checklist (given and explained in orientation training) within 30 days. Certain documents must be reviewed and approved by their subject matter expert.
- Once all documents are received, reviewed and approved, Registered Provider may begin borrowing items in order to prepare home for inspections.
- Implement Pre-inspection Checklist to set up home
- Pre- inspection by FCC staff
- Safety Inspection
- Fire Inspection
- Health Inspection
- Pre-certification visit by Training and Curriculum Specialist (TACS)
USDA Child Care Food Program Application
- Pre-certification visit by USDA Nutrition Technician
Review of Personnel File by
- FCC Director
Receipt of License
- Provisional Certification
Open for business
Steps for choosing home-based child care
Step 1 – Call the Parent Central Services Office to make an appointment to register your child in CYSS. Bring completed registration forms and updated shot records to your registration appointment. Place your child(ren) on the appropriate waiting list through the Parent Central Services Office. When called by the Parent Central Services Office you will receive names of a provider with an opening(s).
Step 2 – Conduct a phone interview with the provider. A telephone interview allows you the chance to gather information and forma first impression of the provider.
Step 3 – Schedule a personal home visit to the FCC provider’s home. You should bring along your child(ren) to see how he/she responds to the provider and environment.
Step 4 – Decide on a child care arrangement with your new FCC provider and complete necessary forms.
Telephone Interview Questions
Before you start asking questions, it’s a good idea to introduce yourself, give your child’s name, age, and sex, and make it clear when you need child care.
- FCC provider’s name:
- Telephone number:
- Housing Area:
- Designated Elementary School:
- How many children are currently in care?
- How many full-time?
- How many part-time?
- How long have you operated a FCC home?
- How long do you plan to continue an FCC home?
- How much do you charge? $ per (hour, week, day)
- How do the children spend the day? Indoor play? Outdoor play? Television?
- Where do the children play?
- What types of meals and snacks do you provide?
- Are the meals/snacks included in the fees?
- Will you accommodate a child’s special needs, such as transportation to preschool or receiving medication?
Home Visit Interview Suggested Questions
- How do you handle discipline problems?
- What are your policies about (e.g., toilet training, and pacifiers)?
- What is your contingency plan for times when you are sick or on vacation?
- How many children (including your own) will be in the FCC home when my child(ren) is/are here?
- What is your sick-child care policy?
- Do you provide night-care or extended-hours care?
- Does you child seem to like the provider?
- Does the provider talk to your child?
- Does the home appear childproof?
- Does the provider involve your child with the other children?
- Request a tour of the home.
Concluding the Interview
Decide whether you will finalize arrangements with the FCC provider, enroll your child(ren) for a two week trial basis, call the FCC provider back after you consider some other options, or that the FCC provider will not work out.
Your participation in the Risk Management Program (RIMP) is proof to the Army that you are committed to providing safe, quality care for Army children.
RIMP is the Army's commitment to you, that as a Family Care provider (FCC), you are part of the CYS team.
RIMP is the Army's way of showing parents that you, as a FCC provider, are committed to providing the best possible care for children and families.
Being a FCC provider means that you are among "the best qualified." Not everyone who applies makes the grade to become an Army FCC provider. As a FCC provider, that means you're operating a business.
As a business owner, you'll have to make important decisions about:
- Hours of operation
- The kinds of care you will offer: infant, toddler, special needs, etc.
- How to arrange your home so there is a balance between
- your business and family needs
- What kind of food you will serve?
- The type of program you offer: full day, hourly care, extended
In any business, there is a certain element of risk. Even though you are well trained to provide quality, safe care, accidents/injuries can and do happen. To better protect you from claims, the Army is committed to including all FCC providers in the Army Risk Management (RIMP) claims fund program.
What is the RIMP claims fund?
RIMP is a fund established to pay parental claims arising from the death of or injury to, a child in the care of a FCC provider.
What is a valid claim?
The claim must be based on a negligent act (something done), or an omission (something not done) by a FCC provider. The act must result in the death or injury of a child in the care of a provider.
Who is included?
All provisionally and fully certified FCC providers, including approved substitute providers and authorized
members of the household living in government-owned or leased quarters.
Why must I participate?
Participation in RIMP ensures that children in your care have the best possible protection. It also demonstrates your commitment to your business, your customers, and the children. It shows you have taken steps to control risk. Participation in RIMP is a condition of FCC certification.
How do I enroll?
You enroll right on your installation. Your FCC director or outreach worker will help you. You'll receive a certificate of participation. Display it prominently in your home so customers can see it.
Does my participation in RIMP mean that I don't need to purchase private liability insurance?
RIMP is not a substitute for private insurance. You make that decision as an independent business owner. The Army does not require you to carry private insurance to become a certified FCC provider.
What happens if I relocate?
If you transfer to a new installation, your RIMP participation goes with you. Inquire with the FCC director at your new location.
Phone: (808) 655-8373
Office Hours of Operation:
Based by appointments
730 Leilehua Avenue, Bldg. 645
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii
Phone: (808) 655-8373
Office Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm