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Posted: Monday, April 29, 2019 11:12 am

Working parents deal with all sorts of emotions when leaving their children with a childcare provider. It’s a prospect that comes with a little bit of hesitation.On Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, if that childcare provider is not certified by authorities, it can have serious ramifications as well.

Per housing contracts on the installation, running an in-home childcare service without proper training and documentation from MCB Camp Lejeune’s Family Childcare (FCC) program can lead to eviction. It’s a matter of safety.

“We’re not here to police groups of children,” said Rachel Nelson, family care program manager. “We’re here to provide a service that gives children those essential brain connections that are so important in those first 2,000 days of life before they start school.”

Training offered by the FCC is comprised of first-aid certification, home setup instruction, lesson plan skills for an age appropriate curriculum, menu and food planning classes, fire and health safety training, child abuse prevention and skills to run a successful business.

For FCC authorized providers, that means a solid foundation upon which to build. For parents seeking childcare options, it’s less worry about the people watching their children.

“We provide all of their training,” said FCC Program Manager Kelly Faircloth. “The FCC monitors and inspects the homes monthly as do the fire and health safety departments.”

“From a quality standpoint, when you go into a home that certification and credentials beyond that of a standard babysitter, you understand that the care is typically more comprehensive,” said Kim Gipson, program manager.

“You’re choosing the best kind of care,” Faircloth added.

The process of getting the certification includes a full background check. Because of that, the program can take roughly two to three months. It also requires a high school diploma or equivalency. However, once a candidate is fully vetted, the service provides their new home business the same benefits on base as those available at Child Development Centers (CDC) on Camp Lejeune.

“All of the providers who go through our program receive certification in CPR and first aid,” Nelson said. “They also learn about lesson planning and age appropriate activities for the children they watch. We also provide insurance and cover the cost of snacks and meals.”

In some cases, the training through the program has helped to spot developmental delays in young children.

“If a provider has a concern, there are a lot of places to pull from where we can find help,” Faircloth said.

FCC Authorized Provider Shannon Davis sees the benefits of working through the program both as a parent and a business owner.

“Being a licensed family child care provider has allowed me to not only stay home with my children, but I am able to provide my household with a second source of income,” Davis said. “As a business owner, I am able to set my own days and hours of care that best fits my family’s schedule. If you have children of your own who will also be attending during your child care hours, this too will give them the chance to socialize with other children their age, making friends and creating life-long memories. I’ve learned so much since becoming an authorized FCC provider and am so thankful I chose this route.”

FCC services are available to all authorized patrons of MCB Camp Lejeune. To find a registered childcare provider, visit militarychildcare.com. To find out more about the program visit www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/cyp/. The next information session for those seeking to become a registered childcare professional is May 20.

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