Meeting Family and Military Needs Through Military Child Care

Published in: Armed Forces and Society, v. 35, no. 3, Apr. 2009, p. 437-459

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2009

by Gail L. Zellman, Susan M. Gates, Joy S. Moini, Marika Booth

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This article summarizes results from a child care survey of military families conducted by the RAND Corporation in 2004 and draws policy implications for the military child care system. The article describes the military child care system, discusses the policy objectives of the system, and summarizes survey results that clarify the degree to which the Department of Defense is meeting its child care goals. The authors find evidence that despite its high quality, the military child care system fails to optimize readiness and retention of military members because these goals do not drive system policies or operations. The article offers suggestions for improving system outcomes.

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