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Licensure Exemptions for Military Family Child Care Providers


Key Message

In many cases, military family child care providers must be licensed or registered by the state in addition to the military. By exempting providers already certified through the military, states enhance the economic status of both the providers and families.


By exempting family child care providers from licensure and registration duplicative of certification received from military services, states enhance the quality of life and economic security of providers and military families seeking qualified child care options.


According to a recent report, the Defense Department currently needs 1,433 family child care providers to meet the demands of military communities. But in fiscal year 2021, the department reported having only 727 available providers, an almost 50% deficit.

State Policymakers

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