CFSC CG and Senior Spouse
14 Apr 06
As a part of getting outside
the Beltway, we attended the AUSA Installations Symposium and Exhibition in
After a brief return to
CFSC, we headed to
Finally, while in Hawaii, I also had a chance to meet with all of the General Managers of our Armed Forces Recreation Centers: Jim Thomas, Dragon Hill Lodge, Korea; Rick LeBrun, Edelweiss Lodge and Resort, Germany; John Jefferis, Hale Koa Hotel, Hawaii; and Jim McCrindle, Shades of Green on Walt Disney World Resort. We are extremely fortunate to have such profound professionals overseeing these flagship facilities. Perhaps in the near future you will be able to include a visit to one of these Armed Forces Recreation Centers as part of your vacation plans. Any of our General Managers would enjoy taking you on a tour of the facility.
"MWR For All Of Your Life"
Brigadier General John A. Macdonald
Lodging Managers Workshop.
The 9th Annual Army
Lodging Managers Workshop was held in
Soldier Show. A total of 18
performers and five technicians are currently rehearsing for the 2006 Soldier Show.
The cast includes three Officers, 20 NCOs and Soldiers, and, for the first time
ever, one Korean Augmentee to the US Army (KATUSA),
PFC Yoon, Jong-Baek. Opening weekend for the
2006 Tour is 5-7 May at the
Child and Youth Services
for Troops. CFSC's Army Child and Youth Services Sports and Fitness
Program Manager, Ms. Donna McGrath, escorted fourteen children from Fort Belvoir to the Pentagon on 6 Apr 06 to participate in the
launch of "Hoops for Troops" a collaborative effort between
"America Supports You" and USA Basketball, the governing body
for U.S. men's and women's basketball. Through this program, military members and
their families will be able to attend selected
Very Important Patriot Award. The National Military
Family Association is accepting nominations for the Very Important Patriot
(VIP) Award. This award recognizes exceptional volunteers worldwide whose
outstanding service contributes to improving the quality of life in their
military and/or neighboring communities. Active
duty, National Guard and Reserve, retired service members, their family
members, and survivors are eligible nominees. Five VIP award recipients
and their companions will be flown to
Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) General Officer Steering
Committee (GOSC) Meeting. The semi-annual AFAP GOSC has been rescheduled to Monday,
12 Jun 06, from 9am - noon, at the
Koa Hotel. April is the Month of the Military Child. To
celebrate, the Hale Koa Hotel is providing children with special Magic in
Paradise Shows. The children are treated to special games and can enter
to win great prizes, including a trip for the winner and his/her parents to
Kilauea Military Camp on the
Shades of Green. The Shades of Green is preparing for its annual Easter Egg Hunt, Sunday, 16 Apr 06, from 8:30am to 9:30am. More than eight hundred children, ages 2-10, are expected to participate in the hunt for the "golden egg". Approximately 2,000 candy-filled plastic eggs will be hidden by volunteers early Easter morning. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance and the children will have photo opportunities with him after the egg hunt. An Easter tradition at Shades of Green is the Jellybean Counting Contest where guests guess the number of jellybeans in the jar. The winner will be announced after the Easter Egg Hunt.
RecTrac Training Schedule. The following table includes the locations and dates of RecTrac training for Apr-May 06:
ARMY NAFMC/CPMC: Fiscal Year Funding Date/ Project:
FY04 Camp Humphreys Multi-purpose Field I. Construction is 70 percent complete. Project completion is scheduled for May 06.
FY04 Camp Humphreys Multi-purpose Field II. Construction contract has been awarded. Construction is 30 percent complete. Final Design solution for the necessary site work to accommodate Main Gate layout vs. Multi-purpose Field is under review. A construction modification based on the cost associated with the field layout adjustment will follow approval of the revised layout.
FY05 Camp Carroll Bowling Center/Community Club. Project was awarded on 17 Feb 06. Contractor is mobilizing.
FY05 Temporary Child Development Centers. Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment (FF&E) for Fort Carson CDC delivered on 11 Apr 06.
ARMY LODGING NAFMC/SRM/CPMC: Fiscal Year Funding Date/ Project.
FY04 Fort Lewis Lodge. The bilateral agreement was signed 23 Mar 06. The 100% design delivered 10 Apr. Site visit scheduled week of 17 Apr to finalize all remaining guest room anomalies. Project is approximately 53 percent complete.
FY03 Dugway Proving Ground Lodge. Phase 2 Mock-up rooms inspection conducted 3 Apr. Project is approximately 55 percent complete.
FY04 Hohenfels, Lodge Renovation. Phase 2 started 1 Mar with completion to be 25 Jul 06.
FY04 Hohenfels, New Lodge Addition. Final design received 17 Feb 06. Design review meeting to be 1 May 06.
INTERIOR FOOD SERVICE DESIGN (NON-NAFMC): Fiscal Year Funding Date/ Project.
FY06 Fort Benning Digital Lounge. Specifications for furniture sent to CFSC contracting office for purchase. Installation currently evaluating costs versus budgeted amounts.
OTHER SERVICES: Fiscal Year Funding Date/ Project.
Coast Guard Exchange Projects. Fully executed Memorandum of Agreement in place with the Coast Guard Exchange and MWR Headquarters for CFSC construction support for Coast Guard Exchange projects, pending funding.
references are part of a series collectively titled. "What
Commanders and Spouses Ask."
These guides were written to give readers an understanding of the
Army Community and
Our plan is to provide you a different resource paper covering a specific MWR Program subject area in each Senior Spouse Updates. Hopefully, this will be "news you can use." This update provides information on Child Care Affordability: Parent Fees.
Child Care fees for working
families are based on Total Family Income (inclusive of Basic Allowance for
Subsistence and Basic Allowance for Quarters of the senior member regardless of
where they reside, e.g., on or off post) and are calculated on a sliding scale.
Higher income families pay proportionately more, though by no means the
true cost of care they receive. Full-Day and Part-Day fees are based on
Total Family Income - not rank or civilian grade. The Military Child Care
Act requires at least a 50/50 match of appropriated funds to the fees generated
WHEN PARENTS SAY: "The Fees for Child Care are Too High!"
BACKGROUND: The Military Child Care Act requires Department of Defense (DoD) to establish a consistent method for setting fees for families needing Child Care on a regular basis for work or school related purposes.
Total family income is used to establish a DoD uniform fee structure to be used consistently among installations and across the Services. This fee structure, issued annually for the upcoming year, encompasses six income categories. Department of the Army sets hourly care rates and publishes them in conjunction with the annual DoD Fee Policy guidance.
· Child Care is a service, not an entitlement like medical services or Commissary privileges.
Commanders select installation child care fees for patrons using full-day and
part-day care in
· Procedures and documents used to determine and validate total family income are outlined in the DoD/Army Annual Fee Policy.
· Each installation CYS program must complete an annual DoD Fee Report.
· Installation Internal Review personnel must conduct an annual Fee Review to ensure processes for proper determination and documentation of total family income are in place.
WHAT COMMANDERS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CYS FEES:
1. Fees are based on total family income not rank or civilian grade.
2. All patrons using DoD/Army Child Care pay reduced fees. Those using care for work purposes resulting in higher total family incomes pay proportionately more, but by no means, the true cost of the Child Care they receive.
3. Commanders are authorized to give multiple child discounts and grant financial hardship waivers.
4. Fees should be set to ensure parents pay a fair share of Child
Care costs - total revenue from parent fees
5. Factors such as: number of families receiving multiple child discounts, fees charged off-post, local labor costs, and hours of operation required to meet the mission needs of parents should be considered before local fees are established.
6. A CYS Revenue Projection Tool is available for staff to use to determine the impact of these factors and help Commanders make informed decisions.
Finger Tip Facts About Child Care Fees
1. Fees in DoD Child Care programs are usually 25% lower than fees charged by comparable community based child care programs.
2. Army Child Care fees are generally lower than other DoD Child Care program fees.
3. The most frequently charged Army fee for full day care is $322 per month. This fee includes at least 10 hours of care, two meals, and two snacks each day. This equates to $1.60 per hour.
4. The average babysitter charges $5.00/hour; the Army standard hourly care fee is $3.50.
As a Commander you may ask:
« Is Total Family Income (TFI) a "fair" way to determine fees?
· The intent of the Military Child Care Act is for parents to pay a "fair share" of their work related Child Care expenses, hence the use of total family income as a major fee determinant. Fees are based on Total Family Income - Not rank or civilian grade. All families using Military Child Care, regardless of their total family income, have their fees reduced. Those with higher incomes pay a higher share.
· The DoD has established the Total Family Income definition for military personnel.
« Finally, when some parents say, "The fees are too high!" a great way to address this judgment directly and systematically is to involve the members of the installation Parent and Advisory Council. Educate these parents and use their influence to help educate other parents on the true quality of the services their children are receiving. It is important to remember this payment, by the parent and the Army, is really an investment in the future of our children, our Army, and our Nation.
Should you have any further questions on this subject, please contact Ms. M.-A. Lucas, Director of Child and Youth Services, at (703) 681-5385.
Upcoming Events. (New input highlighted in red)
April (Child Abuse Prevention Month) (Month of the Military Child)
23-29 National Volunteer Week
-27 USASOC Family Readiness Conference, (
28 Family Roundtable Symposium #3 (CFSC)
May (Asian Pacific Heritage/Soldier Appreciation Month)
3 AAFES Audit and Finance Committee
Boys and Girls
2006 Soldier Show Opening Performance (
Armed Forces Volleyball (
12 Military Spouses' Day
15-19 Employment Relocation Council (ERC) Global Mobility
Specialist/DoD Training and National Relocation Conference
17 AAFES BOD
17-19 Operation: Military Kids Training
20-23 AFRC Food & Beverage Offsite/ National Restaurant Show
Memorial Day (Federal
Jun Family Advocacy Program IPR (
AFAP General Officers Steering Committee Mtg (
14 Army Birthday
18-20 Points of Light National Volunteer
Dependents Education Council Meeting (
24-30 Bowl Expo (Bowling Mgrs
Training Seminar) (
CFSC Summer Picnic (
Independence Day (Federal
12-14 Military Child Education
Coalition Training (
19 AAFES Audit and Finance Committee
1 Commander's Guide (Final)
4-6 AFTB New Core Instructor Orientation (Location TBD)
7-11 AFTB Core Instructor Course (Location TBD)
10-11 MWR Working Group
13-18 American Logistics Assn/Garrison CDR's Conference/AFRC GM
Budget Review Meeting (
16 AAFES BOD