|[ The Real McCoy Online Home ] February 25, 2011
Family Child Care program has openings
for in-home care home in Tomah
|The Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services
program now has a Family Child Care (FCC) program home in Woodridge
Military Housing in Tomah.
Jan Fink, CYS Services coordinator, said the home has openings for
eligible children from 4 weeks to 12 years old. An FCC home provides the
same programs found in the on-post child-care programs, but on a smaller
scale in a neighborhood setting.
“The person operating this home came to Fort McCoy last summer and had
an FCC home at their previous duty assignment at Fort Gordon (Ga.),”
Fink said. “It will be very convenient for Families living in the Tomah
area. Many Families, especially those with younger children, prefer a
home setting to get their child care.”
FCC providers must meet the same stringent standards as child-care
providers in the installation’s facilities, Fink said.
The FCC providers can provide parents with convenient services as their
hours can be more flexible to provide child care — after the business
day, on weekends or on a full-time or hourly basis. The person providing
the services in the Fort McCoy community, Tangerine Cobb, is accredited
through the National Association for Family Child Care and is certified
to operate through the CYS Services program.
Families with deployed spouses also can use their 16 hours a month of
free respite care with an FCC home provider, Fink said.
All FCC providers are private contractors who establish their own fees
and operating hours, Fink said. FCC providers undergo an annual security
check at local, state and federal levels.
Before they provide care, FCC providers must pass inspections from fire,
safety and health officials. Fink said FCC staff visits are conducted
unannounced, on at least a monthly basis, to ensure FCC providers meet
standards. FCC staff members also assist the providers to conduct
activities with the children or provide a second set of hands.
“Families can use both the FCC provider service and the on-post
services, such as the Child Development Center,” Fink said. “FCC
provider hours are established between the provider and Families seeking
Providers are required to furnish Families with a set of their
individual policies, which include information regarding their operating
hours, closures, schedules, curriculum, training, outdoor play, field
trips, clothing and toys brought from home, Fink said.
Fink said children receiving care in an FCC home are included in daily
age-appropriate household activities to teach them basic life skills.
FCC providers provide child development activities, and meals must meet
U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional guidelines.
“If the demand for this service exists, we will consider adding more FCC
providers off post,” Fink said.
Fees are charged to use the program, and the structure is similar to the
For more information about the FCC provider program, go to the website
seeking information about providers will need a username and a password.
For user name and password information, and for more information about
the Fort McCoy program, including fees, call Parent Central Services at
608-388-8956. Information about the program also is available by calling