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No cost child care — A benefit for Army families

Contributor: Lucy Schrader, M.A., Associate State Specialist, Building Strong Families Program Coordinator, Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri Extension


Give Army Parents a Break provides child care to families of deployed Army National Guard and deployed Army Reserve Soldiers, Army Recruiters, Drill Sergeants, and ROTC Cadre in Missouri.


Army families can access up to 16 hours per month of child care in a Missouri state-licensed and annually-inspected child care program for children through age 12.


Take a break and run errands, read a book, go to a movie, go to the gym, attend doctor appointments, grocery shop or do whatever you want!


Follow these five easy steps to enroll:


  1. Visit and download the Give Army Parents a Break Parent Application.
  2. Gather needed documentation to attach to the Parent Application:
    • Military orders for “overseas contingency operations”
    • Birth certificates for each of your children

  3. Complete and send the Parent Application form and additional documents by fax to 703-341-4169 or scan and email to
  4. Call Child Care Aware of Missouri at 866-892-3228 to request a list of approved Give Army Parents a Break child care programs.
  5. To check the status of your Parent Application or to ask questions about the process, call Child Care Aware of America (formerly known as NACCRRA) toll free at 800-424-2246.


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Last update: Tuesday, May 29, 2012