In a continued effort to meet the growing needs of military service members, Meeting Waters YMCA will provide respite child care services to deployed National Guard Reservists and select military personnel. Underwritten by the Department of Defense (DoD), respite child care services are designed to provide licensed child care for children of deployed military personnel.
The initiative is designed to provide high-quality YMCA child care for children whose parent or guardian needs temporary respite from their role as primary caregiver in the absence of a deployed spouse.
Military personnel who are eligible to receive the respite care benefits include:
Families of joint deployed Army National Guard and Reservists of all military branches;
Families of Active Duty Independent Duty personnel;
Relocated spouses and family members of deployed Active Duty personnel; and
Families of deployed Active Duty personnel, who are geographically dispersed outside a 30-mile radius from a military installation.
Families interested in respite child care should contact their local Meeting Waters YMCA office (Brattleboro area: 246-1036; Bellows Falls area: 463-4769; Springfield area: 885-8131).