Family Child Care (FCC)

FCC Office Hours of Operation

Monday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Contact

9500 Barlow Road Bldg. 950
Fort Belvoir, VA, 22060
Google Map

Handicap Accessible

Tel:
+1 (703)805-9137 or +1 (703)805-9132

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Ages 4 weeks through 12 years

Army Family Child Care (FCC) is offered in government leased on post housing by trained childcare providers who work as home-based independent contractors for CYS Services. FCC Homes provide full-day and hourly care for children in a home environment.

 

Why choose FCC?

FCC Providers

  • Pass stringent background checks and inspections.
  • Receive intensive training and support.
  • Are regularly visited and undergo announced and unannounced inspections.

FCC Homes

  • Offer a safe home like environment.
  • Provide hours that meet parent’s needs.
  • Has a maximum of six children at any one time.
  • Teach critical thinking, self-expression, individuality, problems solving, creativity and self-esteem through real life learning opportunities.
  • Allow younger and older children to learn from each other.
  • More intimate surroundings where providers really get to know your child on a personal basis fostering your child’s home away from home.
  • Homes meet same standards as a center-based operation including monthly inspections by FCC staff, Fire, Safety, USDA Food Program and the Public Health Program.
  • Available for children ages 4 weeks (center-based facility starts at 6 weeks) through 12 years.

 

Additional Benefits to Parents
  • Army Family Child Care is a great value. The Army provides a 15% discount to encourage parents to use the program.
  • Extended care hours for early mornings, evenings, over nights, weekends, and long-term care options are available as well as traditional needs of daily and before & after-school care.
  • Patrons can interview prospective FCC providers and select the environment that they feel will be the most nurturing one for your children.
  • Allow siblings to stay together.
  • Some FCC homes have providers with special training in accommodating certain special needs of children. Depending upon the needs, ratios may drop further to better accommodate your child.
  • FCC providers participate in the Key Emergency Essential Personnel (KEEP) program, which operates when the installation is closed due to emergencies.
  • Safety of families is further emphasized by requiring an extensive background security check of all caregivers and any family member’s ages 12 years and up.
  • Option of choosing a multi-cultural home that is bilingual where children can “acquire” a second language instead of “learning” a second language through traditional methods.
  • FCC can support with long-term care in extreme cases associated with deployment, medical issues and casualties.
Do you want to become an FCC provider?

Are you interested in running your own childcare business? Are you creative, energetic, and do you love working with children? Do you want to join a great team?

The CYSS Army FCC Program might be for you!

As an FCC provider YOU not only make a difference in the lives of our children and youth in an FCC home, you also:

  • Are self-employed –stay at home with your child and augment family income by taking care of additional children and supporting the mission of the military community.
  • Are offered an opportunity for professional growth and a long lasting portable career.
  • Have access to our FCC Lending Library for toys and equipment to use in your FCC home.
  • Receive free training and access to professional resources.

For information on how to become a FCC provider, please contact the FCC office at +1 (703)805-9137 or +1 (703)805-9132

CSEFEL: The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

 

The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) is focused on promoting the social emotional development and school readiness of young children birth to age 5.

CSEFEL is a national resource center funded by the Office of Head Start and Child Care Bureau for disseminating research and evidence-based practices to early childhood programs across the country.

 

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The Pyramid Model provides guidance for early childhood, special education and early intervention personnel, early educators, families and other professionals on evidence-based practices for promoting young children's healthy social and emotional development. The goal of the CSEFEL Pyramid Model Implementation in Army Child and Youth Programs is to ensure that staff members are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote the social and emotional development of children and address challenging behavior.

 

Resources

The Teaching Pyramid (PDF)

The Pyramid Model provides guidance for early childhood, special education and early intervention personnel, early educators, families and other professionals on evidence-based practices for promoting young children's healthy social and emotional development. The goal of the CSEFEL Pyramid Model Implementation in Army Child and Youth Programs is to ensure that staff members are well-equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to promote the social and emotional development of children and address challenging behavior.

Fostering Healthy Social and Emotional Development in Young Children Tip Sheet (PDF)

Parents and families play an important role in nurturing their children’s social and emotional development. Supporting children’s social and emotional development can be both rewarding and challenging at the same time.

Social-Emotional Competence of Children (PDF)

There is growing evidence that social-emotional development is associated with better outcomes at home, at school, and in the community. Social-emotional development represents a child’s growing ability to interact with others, to form attachments and relationships, to identify and regulate emotions, and to feel confident exploring the environment.

 

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The Backpack Connection Series was created by TACSEI to provide a way for teachers and parents/caregivers to work together to help young children develop social emotional skills and reduce challenging behavior.

Fort Belvoir CYS Programs are sending Backpack Connection Series home monthly. Each Backpack Connection handout provides information that helps parents stay informed about what their child is learning at school and specific ideas on how to use the strategy or skill at home.

The Backpack Connection Series includes handouts in four categories:

  • Addressing Behavior
  • Emotions
  • Routines and Schedules
  • Social Skills

Read the Backpack Series topics any time!

Topic
How to Understand the Meaning of Your Child’s Challenging Behavior 
How to Give Clear Directions
How to Use Social Stories to Teach Your Child
How to Help Your Child Stop Whining
How to Help Your Child Stop Biting
How to Use Positive Language to Improve Your Child’s Behavior
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Jealousy
How to Help Your Child Understand and Label Emotions
How to Help Your Child Recognize & Understand Sadness
How to Help Your Child Recognize & Understand Anger
How to Help Your Child Recognize & Understand Disappointment
How to Help Your Child Recognize & Understand Frustration
How to Plan Activities to Reduce Challenging Behavior
How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Morning
How to Help Your Child Have a Successful Bedtime
How to Use Visual Schedules to Help Your Child Understand Expectations
How to Help Your Child Transition Smoothly Between Places and Activities
How to Teach Your Child to Appropriately Get Your Attention
How to Help Your Child Learn to Share
How to Help Your Child Manage Time and Understand Expectations
How to Help Your Child Learn to Trade

 

 Learn more on the CSEFEL website.

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