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Department of Defense Policy


Military programs are governed by federal law, Department of Defense policy and additional policies specific to the branches of service. The below are the Department of Defense policies that govern children and youth programs and family care plans in the military.

General Children and Youth Policy

DoD Instruction 1015.10, “Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Programs,” July 6, 2009, certified as current May 6, 2011 This Instruction reissues DoD Instruction 1015.10, and incorporates and cancels DoD Directive 1015.2, to establish and implement policy, assign responsibilities, and prescribe procedures for operating and managing programs for military MWR programs. Child Care and Youth Programs are specifically cited in this Instruction as basic community support programs (Category B MWR programs).

DoD Directive 1342.22, "Military Family Readiness," July 3, 2012 This Directive establishes policies, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures on family policy for DoD personnel.

DoD Instruction 1402.5, "Criminal History Background Checks on Individuals in Child Care Services," January 19,1993 This Instruction requires criminal history background checks for all existing and newly hired individuals involved in the provision of child care services as federal employees, contractors, or in federal facilities to children under the age of eighteen.

DoD Instruction 6060.2, "Child Development Programs (CDPs)," August 25,1998 This Instruction prescribes policy and procedures for DoD-operated Child Development Programs to include the provision of DoD-sponsored or operated Child Development Centers (CDCs), FCC Homes, and R&R Programs. In addition to these required programs, the Instruction encourages DoD Components to provide SAC Programs and Child Preschools in other installation facilities, such as youth centers, chapels, and schools and to provide Supplemental Child Care (SCC) options when needed.

DoD Instruction 6060.4, "Youth Programs," August 23,2004 This Instruction implements policies and assigns responsibilities for installation-based youth programs for children, kindergarten through grade twelve, of service members and civilian employees.

Family Care Plans Policy

DoD Instruction 1342.19, "Family Care Plans," May 7,2010 This Instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and prescribes procedures on the care of family members of DoD and emergency-essential (E-E) civilian personnel who are single parents; dual-military couples with dependents; or members of E-E civilian personnel who otherwise bear sole responsibility for the care of children under the age of 19; or other personnel with family members who are unable to care for themselves in the absence of the member or E-E employee.


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