It is the policy of Congress that the amount of appropriated funds available during a fiscal year for operating expenses for military child development centers and programs shall be not less than the amount of child care fee receipts that are estimated to be received by the Department of Defense during that fiscal year.
10 U.S. Code § 1791 - Funding for military child care
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Provisions similar to those in this subchapter were contained in Pub. L. 101–189, div. A, title XV, Nov. 29, 1989, 103 Stat. 1589, which was set out as a note under section 113 of this title, prior to repeal by Pub. L. 104–106, § 568(e)(2).
Reduction in Wait Lists for Child Care at Military Installations
“(1) Remedial action.—
The Secretary of Defense shall take steps the Secretary determines necessary to reduce the waiting lists for child care at military installations to ensure that members of the Armed Forces have meaningful access to child care during tours of duty.
“(2) Report.—Not later than June 1, 2020, the Secretary of Defense shall provide a report to the Committees on Armed Forces of the Senate and the House of Representative regarding—
action taken under paragraph (1); and
any additional resources (including additional funding for and child care facilities and workers) the Secretary determines necessary to increase access described in paragraph (1).”
Enhancing Military Childcare Programs and Activities of the Department of Defense
“(a) Hours of Operation of Military Childcare Development Centers.—
Each Secretary of a military department shall ensure, to the extent practicable, that the hours of operation of each childcare development center under the jurisdiction of the Secretary are established and maintained in manner that takes into account the demands and circumstances of members of the Armed Forces, including members of the reserve components, who use such center in facilitation of the performance of their military duties.
“(b) Matters to Be Taken Into Account.—The demands and circumstances to be taken into account under subsection (a) for purposes of setting and maintaining the hours of operation of a childcare development center shall include the following:
Mission requirements of units whose members use the childcare development center.
The unpredictability of work schedules, and fluctuations in day-to-day work hours, of such members.
The potential for frequent and prolonged absences of such members for training, operations, and deployments.
The location of the childcare development center on the military installation concerned, including the location in connection with duty locations of members and applicable military family housing.
Such other matters as the Secretary of the military department concerned considers appropriate for purposes of this section.
“(c) Childcare Coordinators for Military Installations.—
Each Secretary of a military department may provide for a childcare coordinator at each military installation under the jurisdiction of the Secretary at which are stationed significant numbers of members of the Armed Forces with accompanying dependent children, as determined by the Secretary. The childcare coordinator may work with the commander of the installation to ensure that childcare is available and responsive to the needs of members assigned to the installation.”
Reports on Child Development Centers and Financial Assistance for Child Care for Members of the Armed Forces
“(a) Reports Required.—
Not later than six months after the date of the enactment of this Act [Jan. 7, 2011], and every two years thereafter, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report on Department of Defense child development centers and financial assistance for child care provided by the Department of Defense off-installation to members of the Armed Forces.
“(b) Elements.—Each report required by subsection (a) shall include the following, current as of the date of such report:
The number of child development centers currently located on military installations.
The number of dependents of members of the Armed Forces utilizing such child development centers.
The number of dependents of members of the Armed Forces that are unable to utilize such child development centers due to capacity limitations.
The types of financial assistance available for child care provided by the Department of Defense off-installation to members of the Armed Forces (including eligible members of the reserve components).
The extent to which members of the Armed Forces are utilizing such financial assistance for child care off-installation.
The methods by which the Department of Defense reaches out to eligible military families to increase awareness of the availability of such financial assistance.
The formulas used to calculate the amount of such financial assistance provided to members of the Armed Forces.
The funding available for such financial assistance in the Department of Defense and in the military departments.
The barriers to access, if any, to such financial assistance faced by members of the Armed Forces, including whether standards and criteria of the Department of Defense for child care off-installation may affect access to child care.
Any other matters the Secretary considers appropriate in connection with such report, including with respect to the enhancement of access to Department of Defense child care development centers and financial assistance for child care off-installation for members of the Armed Forces.”