The mission of Family Child Care is to provide quality, affordable, reliable, and accessible child care for military-affiliated families.
Family Child Care provides valuable in-home child care services to support the families of Minot AFB. The FCC program offers quality care for children ranging from birth to five years of age by licensed, professional child care providers. Due to the high demand for early child care, we encourage families to reach out to the School Age Care Program for children over five years of age and going into kindergarten. The School Age Care Program can be reached at 701-723-2838.
The quality of FCC cannot be understated. It is determined by our licensure requirements; as well as, our heightened focus on training and development. In addition, each provider is required to follow a curriculum, create weekly lesson plans, and show evidence of successful implementation of their designated educational program. Every provider is expected to know the developmental milestones of the children in their care and scaffold each child’s learning to increase skill-development. All providers must complete fifteen modules through our Air Force Virtual Lab School to assist in learning these important milestones and age-appropriate techniques.
New Provider Orientation (NPO) Training Class
Our next New Provider Orientation (NPO) training class will be held August 16-19th (Monday-Thursday) from 10:00am-2:00pm. This in-person training will be held at the Family Child Care office located at 164 Summit Drive, Minot AFB (across from the Jimmy Doolittle Center). During this week, you will be trained on Child Abuse and Prevention, Fire Safety, Food Handlers, Curriculum/Lesson Planning, Age-Appropriate Environments, Safe Sleep, etc. Friday, August 20th will be reserved for you to observe a licensed FCC provider “mentor” in her home. In addition, Adult and Pediatric First-Aid CPR AED will be held on Saturday, August 21st from 9:00am-1:00pm. This class will also be conducted in the FCC Office and Alyssa Kelly, Family Child Care Coordinator, will be your instructor.
It is important to note, child care is available during NPO. Just fill out the ECC form and return it to our office before NPO and we can coordinate child care for you from one of our licensed FCC providers (on or off-base).
One of the greatest benefits of becoming an FCC provider is that you are only required to come for ONE week of in-person training and certification free of charge to you and then in a mere 3 weeks after that—operate your own business! The three weeks after NPO consists of checking out items from our Resource Room (cubbies, tables, chairs, toys, and other materials), completing training online on Virtual Lab School and KIT (set-up is easy and only a few certificates are needed prior to licensure), and obtaining fingerprints/background checks!
If you are interested in attending this class and joining our 19 Active FCC Providers at Minot AFB, please call 701-723-6662 or email at your earliest convenience, as we would like to get all materials ready in advance. We hope to meet you soon! Thank you!
Provider of the Month (August) Samantha Walker
What do you enjoy most about being an FCC Provider? I love both knowing that I am truly helping military parents as well as being able to provide a constant second home for kids while they may not be able to be with their families.
What are your interests/hobbies? I have a large range of interests and hobbies from sports to video games to science and reading! My husband jokes I have the taste of a child when it comes to my game choices and food.
What advice do you have for new providers/those interested in being FCC Providers? My biggest advice to new providers is to find your niche, be it full-time, extended care, etc, and find your people to help you flourish! Having one close FCC buddy can make a world of a difference. For those interested; don’t let all the rules overwhelm you! Most of the items are common sense ;)
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Along with full-time, part-time, weekly, and hourly child care, some FCC providers offer care for weekends, evenings, shift work, TDY, PCS, special needs, and before and after school. In addition, there are several free expanded child care programs available to families (Extended Duty Care, Missile Care, Returning Home Care, and Supplemental Child Care Program). These programs require additional paperwork and parents are encouraged to reach out to our office for more details on how to qualify.