Family Child Care Programs

Expanded Programs

USDA Program

Family Child Care providers must participate in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. This program reimburses providers for meals to the children in their care, including their own. It also ensures the children are receiving nutritious and well-balanced meals and that providers receive financial compensation for participating.

Subsidy Program

The Family Child Care subsidy program will help working parents find high quality and affordable child care services.  Parents seeking full time child care services will be set in one of the six categories based on the family’s total annual income and pay the same rates in FCC homes as they would at an one of the child care centers or school age programs at Lackland, Families eligible for the subsidy program at Ellsworth are active duty members, DOD employees, and Armed Forces retirees who have dependents between 6 weeks and 23 months and are on the waiting list for the child development center.  Additionally, the subsidy program is offerd to dependents with special needs, and dependents needing child care services during swing and midnight shifts. For additional informations, contact the Resource and Referral or Family Child Care Office.

Returning Home Care

The Returning Home program is designed to provide an opportunity for deployed parents to become reacquainted with their family. The Returning Home Care program offers deployed parents up to 16 hours of free child care per child aged 12 and under. Eligible users are active duty members, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members returning from 30 day- or more OPERATION Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) deployments (not for regular deployments). The Returning Home Care program is offered exclusively in the Extended Duty Care FCC home.

For additional information, contact the Resource and Referral or Family Child Care office.

Extended Duty Care

Extended Duty Child Care Program offers child care in a licensed FCC home to parents who require child care arrangements beyond the normal 50 hours a week. This program is available to active duty military, reservists, and DOD employees who need care for mission-related duty, extended workdays, temporary shift changes, unplanned weekend duty, and rapid mobilization or deployment.

Before any eligible person may use this program there are two requirements to fulfill;
1. The eligible person’s supervisor must email a memorandum to one of the coordinators.
2. In addition the eligible person must sign a contract to be on file at the FCC office.

Both a sample of the supervisor’s email and the contract may be found in the forms section.

For additional information, contact the Resource and Referral or Family Child Care office.

PCS Care

A PCS move is never easy and children can feel stressed too. The intent of this program is to provide parents the opportunity to have their children cared for while they are getting ready to leave a base or arriving at a new base….while packing, unpacking, in-processing, house hunting, attending briefings, etc. The Family Child Care office in collaboration with the Mission Support Flight’s Family Support Center and the Air Force Aid Society provide the child care only in licensed Family Child Care homes for the PCS program. Certificates are issued to active duty member or spouse on PCS orders either arriving at Ellsworth or departing from Ellsworth. (Please bring one copy of your orders.) Certificates are good for child care within 60 days of issue. Certificates must be shown at the time care is provided to verify eligibility.

For additional information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness office at 605-385-4663

Volunteer Care

Those who volunteer through the Red Cross, Air Force Aid Society and Family Support Center for twenty or more hours a week are eligible to receive free child care services in a licensed FCC home. Certificates must be shown at the time of care to verify eligibility.

For additional information, contact the Airman & Family Readiness office at 605-385-4663

  • Hours of Operation

    Monday - Friday


    FCC Coordinator
    Angela Winchester

    Contact Info: 

    1947 Scott Drive
    Referral Line: 605-385-2899


  • Family Child Card Resources


    AF Form 1928

    FCC Guide

    Conviction Statement

    Extended Duty Care

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    Deployment Child Care

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    Choosing High Quality Child Care