A child plays with a globe in the home of Gabrielle Poindexter, an FCC provider, in this 2016 file photo.

The Fort Belvoir Family Child Care program offers a variety of flexible care options that meet regular and mission-related child care needs to include full day, hourly, before and after school, and special needs. 

“It’s a straightforward process to apply,” said Nicolle Giroux, Family Child Care director. “If someone wants to be an in-home child care provider, they just come in, fill out an application, pass a background check and then attend a 40-hour training.” 

Homecare providers serve children 4 weeks to 12 years of age in a homelike environment that allows siblings to be in care together. FCC providers can earn income while working from home with a long lasting, portable career. 

“The training includes CPR, first aid and child abuse identification and reporting,” Giroux said. 

FCC training and experience are transferable to other installations and CYS Service Programs. 

“The best thing is all services accept our training,” she added. “Some instal lat ions have additional training requirements, but all of them accept the training, meaning this easily transfers no matter where you’re stationed.” 

FCC providers also receive support from CYS. For more information, about becoming a provider or enrolling children call (703) 805-9137/9134.