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“Childcare is a workforce issue that directly impacts the efficiency, readiness and retention of the total force,” explained Maryann Coutino, director of Navy Child and Youth Programs, which is managed by Commander, Navy Installations Command. “The Navy recognizes the importance of providing service members and families with access to quality childcare services.”
Supplanting was paused during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that operations at Child Development Centers and School-Age Care programs are returning to normal operations, the Navy is re-implementing supplanting in order to prioritize childcare needs as required by DoD policy starting this month for fleet concentration areas with long waitlists. In July, the remaining Navy installations will implement supplanting.
As part of the policy, the following family types will not be supplanted:
Per policy, the following family types may be supplanted by a family with higher priority needs:
Families will receive a 45-day minimum notification if their child or children are to be supplanted. They will be permitted to reapply for care through MilitaryChildCare.com, which is DoD’s website for military and DoD-affiliated families seeking childcare.
For more information, service members and families can reach out to their nearest base Child Development Center.