Finding Childcare in the Civilian World


If you have children, you have probably utilized base-provided childcare services at one point or another. Here’s a look at what to expect when looking at childcare in the civilian sector.

Let’s face it, there is security in the tight-knit community of the military. You know that there will be a base daycare wherever you go that meets the needs of your specific job. As a mother who transitioned out of the Navy with a toddler and an infant, I can tell you that the experience can be a little stressful (Read: 10 Reasons Not to Freak Out About Your Civilian Transition). But you can do it and end up with some wonderful care for your little ones.

Start with determining a few things

1. Type of care

  • Nanny (in your home)
  • In-home (someone else’s home)
  • Daycare center
  • Educational

2. You and your family’s needs

  • Hours/Location
  • Special needs care

3. Budget

  • How much do you want to spend?

Research Local Resources

Next, assess the resources available at the location you plan to transition. There are many chain and local daycare centers that may fit your needs.

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