AER Announces New Program for Child Care Assistance

Army Emergency Relief launched a new assistance program on aimed at supporting Army families with the costs of off-post child care. Effective February 2, 2020, Army families enrolled in the Army Fee Assistance Program may be eligible for an additional $1,500 in financial support from AER for off-post child care.

Retired Lt. Gen. Ray Mason, director of AER, explained that many Soldiers enrolled in the Army Fee Assistance Program experience an average out-of-pocket expense of $275 in addition to the $1,500 provided by the Army. “We provide $500 per month for up to three months to cover that out-of-pocket expense, plus a little bit more,” he said.

To qualify for the new program, Soldiers (including reserve components) must be active-duty, located at an installation in the continental U.S., enrolled in the Army Fee Assistance Program, and demonstrate financial need by completing a budget with a local AER officer.

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