A Guide to Help Children Bloom: Parenting Guide
We all feel stressed sometimes. Some stress is a normal, healthy part of life. It can help us stay safe, try harder, or make us grow stronger. However, intense stress that doesn’t go away can be too much to handle without help.
As a parent or caregiver, there are ways you can help your child handle intense stress. Much like a seed that overcomes a difficult environment to grow and flower, you and your child can bloom even in challenging times. This guide has nurturing tips and resources that can protect you and your child from the effects of intense stress. These ideas will also help you connect with your child.
Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance was created to provide authorized Active Duty personnel assistance in locating, selecting, and offsetting the cost of civilian child care when on-base child care is not available, or a viable option for the service member and their family. The programs available through Child Care Aware(r) of America provide subsidies for eligible military dependents enrolled in quality commercial child care programs throughout the United States. Child Care Aware(r) of America authorizes subsidy amounts based on total family income for those eligible Air Force families, and supplies monthly payments directly to the prospective child care provider.
Here is the LINK link to the Air Force childcare Assistance program information:
Parents who would like to participate have to follow the following steps and go to the website to create a login and submit the documents WEBSITE
Step one: Determine Their Eligibility (Active Duty, Reserve, Guard, Survivors of Combat Warriors, Active Duty Wounded Warriors)
Step two: Select a Nationally accredited child care provider in the area
Step three: Collect supporting documents (LES/pay stubs, orders, Spouse pay stubs/school schedule, self-certification form, military installation information request form, provider application documents) Assistance is based off income category and location.
Step Four: Apply on line and upload all supporting documents
Step Five: Receive approval within 7-10 business days of completed application.
DD Form 2792 is the “Family Member Medical Summary” (January 2021) that is completed to identify a family member with special medical needs and for the enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program.
DD2792-1 is the “Early Intervention/Special Education Summary” (January 2021) and is completed to identify a family member with early intervention or special education needs.
Both of these forms will assist military assignment personnel in matching the child’s special education needs against the availability of educational services at the projected duty station.
Visit Military OneSource for information and assistance to support your family.
Military Children: Child Care and Youth Programs
Joint Base San Antonio Child and Youth Programs aim to provide well-rounded programs and services that include quality, available and affordable child care, school age care, open recreation, sports and fitness, instructional classes, and Child and Youth Education Services for children/youth. Programs are focused on providing high yield programs and activities that meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of each child/youth. Visit Military OneSource for further information about resources at Joint Base San Antonio.
The Department of Defense (DoD) also supports a website that provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With MilitaryChildCare.com, you create an account and maintain a household profile that you can access at any time from any location.
Child Care Aware of America has also partnered with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs.
Child Care for Medical Appointments
Children 6 weeks – 5 years must be registered with CDC prior to appointment. $4/hr, max 3 hours, Monday- Friday 8:00am-2:30am
Register at SFAC bldg. 3639 or CDC bldg. 2530
Request Care up to 1 month in advance
For more information, call 210-539-7071 or 210-221-5502
Preschool Program for Children With Disabilities (PPCD)– Ft Sam Elementary
They have a program in Sam Houston Elementary for 3 year olds, with autism and other conditions.
Click here for more information.
Offers multiple resources for Active Duty families including FREE PRIVATE NON-MEDICAL COUNSELING, SPECIALTY NEEDS CONSULTATION, Family & Relationships, Financial & Legal, Health & Wellness, Education and Employment, On & Off Base Living, Deployment & Transition. Each person we serve is on a journey through the military life cycle. We’re here to help, with robust online information and resources vetted by the Department of Defense. In addition, Military OneSource connects you to high-quality programs, services and products developed for military life. Turn to Military OneSource for tax services, spouse employment help, webinars and online training, relocation and deployment tools, and much more.
Our Military Navigators are veterans, have walked in your boots and, can relate to the sacrifices you’ve had to make. With access to a multitude of resources at their fingertips, United Way and the Military I&R Navigators can connect callers to community resources to help reduce stress, give support, and provide advocacy to those members in need.
Peer to Peer Talk, Connecting to Resources, Referral Services, Caring Support. Free Resources in a Judgement Free Zone.
Dial 211 (210) 227-4357 (HELP) FREE & Confidential.
Network Behavioral Health Locator
For new and expecting parents (Prenatal to age 3), this FREE program is designed for active duty military members and their families. It offers support, referral services, education and information. Services include: home visits, phone calls, classes, pregnancy information, mother/baby care, childbirth, newborn care, how your baby grows, breast and bottle feeding and more.
Please visit Website for more information
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Pregnant, Postpartum and Breastfeeding Women, Infants and Children under 5 years of age. WIC is open to many incomes and families. Eligible participants receive Healthy food benefits, regular health and nutrition checkups and health referrals, personalized nutrition counseling and classes.
Breastfeeding counseling and support, as well as parent support groups and father peer mentorship are open to all, no need to be enrolled.
Lackland AFB-Annex: 5460 Walker Ave. Lackland AFB. (210) 674-7739. [Enter through last entrance onto training side of Lackland AFB. The building will be on the left, it is one-story, and has a sign “One Stop.”] Office hours: Monday-Thursday 0730 – 1800hrs. Walk-ins are welcome.
Fort Sam Houston: Military and Family Readiness Center Building 2797. 3060 Stanley Road, SFE 95, JBSA Fort Sam Houston. (210) 954-4566. Office Hours: First Tuesday and Third Wednesday Every Month. 0730 – 1800hrs.
Family Life Program, or FLP, team collaborates with: Nutrition Coaching, Ready and Resiliency Performance Center, Family Life Chaplain, Personal Financial Counseling, Teaching Kitchen, Substance Abuse, Suicide Awareness and the Army Wellness Center.
The FLP assists in improving the quality of life for individuals and families. Parenting, marriage, leadership, team building, anger, stress, communication and other life skills are the focus of the program.
The no-cost workshops are learning experiences aimed at developing and strengthening resilience, communication, promoting healthy relationships, coping with life events and realizing personal potential.
The VRC is located at 2490 Stanley Road, building 367. Registration is free and accepted in person at the VRC or over the phone at 210-221-0349. Vogel Resiliency Center Pamphlet