Minot Air Force Base Morale, Welfare, and Recreation

Family Child Care

The mission of Family Child Care is to provide quality, affordable, reliable, and accessible child care for military-affiliated families.

About Us

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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Core Programs

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.

Registering for Care


It is important to note, most families receiving care through FCC are enrolled in our Subsidy Program.  This program enables a family to pay the same price for care that they would at the CDC while the provider receives their requested fee. For example: If a family generates $51,000 total income per year, that family would pay $93 for weekly child care.  However, the provider (running her own business) charges $200 per week.  Does this mean the family must find care elsewhere?  No.  The Air Force will pay the provider the difference: $107.

If interested in applying for the Subsidy Program, please fill out the following forms and return to the FCC office in-person or through email: MinotAFBfamilychildcare@gmail.com.

  • Subsidy Registration Check List ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/23112400/FCC-SUB-Checklist-2020-1.docx )
  • ECC Form ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14122855/Subsidy-Higlighted_AF-FCC-ECC-form-2020-11.08.11-PM-1.docx )
  • Subsidy Parent Agreement ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/21143548/Air-Force-FCC-Subsidy-Program-Parent-Agreement.pdf )
  • DD2652( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/21143545/2652-2020-NEW-USE-1.pdf )
  • Parent/Child Information Subsidy Form ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/23112401/AF-FCC-Subsidy-Registration-Checklist-1.docx )

Family Child Care is the perfect choice for parents who want quality child care in a small group, home-like setting.  The goal of the FCC program is to meet the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of children while providing a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment.

Deployment Care
The Deployment Child Care Support allows families 16 hours for pre-deployment, 16 hours each month of the deployment, and 16 hours of post deployment.  AF FCC Deployment Child Care Support may be used once the member has orders and ends 60 days upon return from the deployment.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Member of the Military Service
  • Active Duty or Reserve/Guard Member in Active Status
  • Assigned to or working on the installation
  • Deployed in support of a contingency operation
  • Deployed for a minimum of 30 calendar days or personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis (cumulative of 30 days in a 6 month period)
  • Copy of deployment orders/PCS orders
  • Completed AF FCC Expanded Child Care Request ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14122855/Deployment-Care-ECC-Form-1.docx )

PCS Care
PCS Care is designed to help relieve some of the stress felt by families in the process of a PCS move or transitioning from the military.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Member of the Military Service
  • Active Duty
  • Active Duty Member Retiring
  • Copy of PCS orders or Transition Assistance Program Registration
  • Completed AF FCC ECC Request ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14122854/ECC-ONLY-Form-1.docx )

Prior to receiving PCS care through FCC, the family must contact the Airmen and Family Readiness Center for a certificate.  AFRC can be reached at 701-723-3950.  This certificate is then emailed to our office and we schedule your care!

Extended Child Care Tab (Missile, Extended Hours)
The EDC Program is designed to assist families when weekly parental workloads, due to extended duty hours, exceed the normal operating hours of the facility where they are already purchasing full-time care.  Examples: mission-related duty, extended duty days, temporary shift change (not to exceed 3 working days), rapid mobilization, dual military or single parent deployment until alternate child care is arranged, federal holidays, installation wide down days when AF Child and Youth Programs are closed and parents are required to work, mandatory PT.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Member of the Military Service, Reserve/Guard member in activated status, or DoD Civilian
  • Assigned to or working on the installation
  • Must be scheduled to work – work must directly impact the mission
  • No other adult in the household available to provide care
  • Completed AF FCC ECC Request ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14122854/ECC-ONLY-Form-1.docx )

Missile Care Specific Information
The MC is designed to provide overnight, weekend, and holiday child care for those members assigned to work for more than 24 hours in the missile field.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Member of the Military Service
  • Active Duty or Reserve/Guard Member in activated status
  • Assigned to work for more than 24 hours in the missile field
  • No other adult in the household available to provide care
  • Must be purchasing full-time care
  • Copy of schedule
  • Completed AF FCC ECC Request ( https://media.5thforcesupport.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/14122854/ECC-ONLY-Form-1.docx )
Process for Obtaining Care
First and foremost, families will apply for and request child care through MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC).When the FCC Office is contacted for a care request either through Gmail (most common), in-person, or by phone; the Family Child Care Coordinator or Community Child Care Coordinator will first check MCC.com to verify the individual need of care.The FCC or CCC Coordinator will then reach out to all providers via their private communication system to ensure all providers are given information equitably and efficiently.

More Information

Becoming a FCC Provider
Are you interested in obtaining licensure to watch up to six children in your home?  Are you a military spouse or new parent looking to help generate additional income?  Are you retired, living on base, and have a heart to help Minot Air Force Base’s growing need for child care?  In a mere four weeks, we can get you licensed and ready to go!  If interested, please stop by our office to get started!

To operate an FCC home, applicants must meet numerous requirements.  In addition to thorough background screenings performed by local base agencies, applicants are required to obtain liability insurance and must pass home inspections which include Health, Fire, Program, and Safety components.  Applicants must also complete a two-week orientation training, part of which includes instruction on AF guidelines and certification in First Aid and CPR.

Virtual Lab School
Certification through Virtual Lab School is highly beneficial to all FCC Providers.  This training program covers the following fifteen early childhood functional areas: Child Abuse – Identification and Reporting, Child Abuse – Prevention, Positive Guidance, Safe Environments, Healthy Environments, Learning Environments, Physical Development, Cognitive Development, Communication and Language Development, Creative Expression, Self and Cultural Understanding, Social and Emotional Development, Family Engagement, Program Management, and Professionalism.  The first three modules must be completed prior to licensure (during our two-week orientation training).  The additional twelve modules are completed while the FCC Provider runs his/her business.

It is important to note, all modules are completed online and each module contains a certificate of completion.  The benefit of this online platform is accessibility (as most providers complete work during their children’s naptime) and transferability, as the provider’s account may be accessed at an alternate base/location.  The Family Child Care Coordinator assists the provider in his/her completion of these modules.

Benefits of Becoming a FCC Provider
We live in a world where “mother” or “father” cannot be included on a resume, one household income falls short of providing all needs, and families are diverse.  The Family Child Care Provider can maintain a business while watching his/her own children.  Personally and professionally, the provider is able to be his/her own boss while working to assist his/her spouse in growing the family’s income.  With regard to society, the Family Child Care Provider supports developmental growth in a homelike atmosphere or “family:” an American value.

Ways in which the Family Child Care Coordinator and Community Child Care Coordinator support the provider:

  • Supplying care requests to whom the provider can reach out
  • Reminding the provider of renewal dates for fingerprints, CPR, Insurance, etc.
  • Providing monthly training
  • Providing a monthly newsletter
  • Determining “Provider of the Month” and bestowing a gift
  • Inspecting the provider’s home monthly to ensure safety
  • Providing curriculum resources
  • Providing professional development opportunities
  • Assisting with VLS FCC Certification

These are just some of the benefits!  When a provider becomes licensed, he/she joins a group of over 24 providers who are dedicated professionals focused on personal and societal growth.

Prior to Licensure
The FCC Panel, which includes the Deputy Mission Support Group Commander, 5th Force Support Commander, and Airman and Family Services Flight Chief, reviews all application packets.  Those applicants who have successfully completed all requirements are recommended for licensing and are then forwarded on for final approval by the Mission Support Group Commander.
Quality Assurance
To ensure that high standards and quality are maintained in the FCC homes, each home undergoes unannounced observations by the Family Child Care Coordinator and Community  Child Care Coordinator and the providers conduct self-assessments that are verified by the coordinators during their observations.
Resource Center
The FCC program also offers a Resource Center to all licensed providers.  This center provides a variety of equipment, supplies, materials, indoor/outdoor toys, and games for use in FCC homes. This center benefits both the provider and the children in care by providing access to items that may otherwise be unaffordable.
USDA Food Program
Licensed FCC Providers participate in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Program which reimburses them for serving nutritious meals.

For more information about the USDA Food Program, please call our Food Program Coordinator at 723-2604.