FLAG VOICE 305
In July 2006, the Coast Guard partnered with the General Services
Administration (GSA) to make child care more affordable for Coast Guard
members. A Memorandum of Agreement was created to assist members to locate
state licensed center-based or home-based child care facilities. In
addition, a tuition assistance program providing up to $4,500 per child per
year became available to qualifying personnel for child care services
received at commercial child care facilities nationwide. ALCOAST 373/06
described the establishment of this initiative. Initially, we were able to
offer the full subsidy to all families without regard to income.
The child care subsidy program quickly became popular among Coast Guard families. Within the last 4 months, more than 600 children have been enrolled and the number of families applying to participate in the program is increasing.
In accordance with the CG Child Development Center (CDC) program guidelines, the amount of child care subsidy provided to members is based on Total Family Income (TFI). Each subsidy is paid directly to the child care provider on behalf of the CG member and the amount of subsidy is limited to the difference between the actual tuition rate charged by the child care provider and the average tuition rate a CG member would pay in a CG-operated child development center (CDC). For example, the average out-of pocket tuition cost for CG members using CG CDCs is:
|TFI||MEMBER’S TUITION RATE AT CG CDCs|
The new Child Care Subsidy Program has reached its maximum capacity and
it is imperative that we restructure it to ensure that the maximum
assistance is directed to families who need the most help. To accomplish
this goal, the following revised eligibility criteria will be implemented:
(1) Only families with a TFI of $75,000 or less, will qualify for this program.
(2) Only families where both spouses are employed full-time, or in which the spouse of the CG member is working at least 30 hrs per week, or is a full-time student, will be eligible for the program. A sixty-day exception may be granted for families where the spouse is pursuing employment, however the exception will not be automatic. A written request for exception to the policy must be submitted by the family along with the application in order to qualify.
(3) The following changes in the amount of annual subsidy will be implemented:
For families with a TFI of $45,000 or less, the maximum subsidy of $4,500 annually will be retained for the first child enrolled. Up to two additional preschool-age children in the same family may receive a reduced subsidy benefit in accordance with the table below.
Families with a TFI between $45,001 and $75,000 will qualify for subsidy benefits in accordance with the table below:
|Yearly TFI||maximum yearly subsidy|
|Child #1||Child #2||Child #3|
Issue date: 11/3/06