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FY2024 NDAA: Military child care programs


Background: The Department of Defense (DOD) operates the largest employer-sponsored child care program in the United States, serving approximately 200,000 children of servicemembers and DOD civilians. DOD’s child development programs (CDPs) are part of a broader package of quality of life benefits for servicemembers and their families. DOD’s policy states that these programs “support the mission readiness, family readiness, retention, and morale of the total force.” Legislation: The past few Congresses have enacted several provisions within the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to enhance military child care services and address staffing and infrastructure issues. During consideration of the fiscal year (FY) 2024 NDAA (P.L. 118-31) which was enacted on December 22, 2023, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees (HASC and SASC) proposed several amendments to the child care program (see Table 1). (author abstract)

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