GIVE PARENTS A BREAK PROGRAM: The Air Force Aid Society pays the cost of a monthly (2nd Friday of each month) 4-5 hour session at the Child Development Center/Youth Center for active duty Air Force families. You must have a referral voucher. Families do not pay for the child care, AF Aid does. Any time over the allotted time will be the responsibility of the parent. The purpose of the program is to offer eligible parents a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Active duty AF families, to include: Air Guard and AF Reserve members (activated under Title 10 USC for 15 days or longer) are eligible for the program. Eligibility: Military member being/is deployed, extended TDY, or on a remote tour. Other eligibility factors as prescribed by AF Aid guidance. Check with A&FRC if you think you are eligible for the program or for further inquiries.
CHILD CARE FOR PCS: Active duty members or spouses must present a copy of orders to the A&FRC staff to receive a certificate of eligibility which entitles your family to receive up to 20 hours of child care (for each child) when you are within 60 days of your PCS departure or arrival date at current base.
CHILD CARE FOR VOLUNTEERS: Air Force Aid provides funding for the Child Care for Volunteers program. Volunteers engaged in support of base programs which benefit the Air Force community such as Family Services/Airman's Attic are covered.
BUNDLES FOR BABIES: All DoD branches are eligible for Bundles for Babies. Active-duty families who are expecting a child or with a newborn, regardless of U.S. military service affiliation (Army, Navy-Marines, and Coast Guard) are entitled to receive a bundle, if they are assigned to an Air Force installation and attend an A&FRC Bundles for Babies class. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard are eligible if they are on Title 10 orders for over 15 days.
EMERGENCY LEAVE TRAVEL GRANT: Eligibility, active duty on emergency leave orders (988 or 972) must be signed by first sergeant or commander. Only active-duty members are eligible for grant based on financial need. AF Aid may assist with a loan for dependent travel. Member must meet all of the emergency leave eligibility requirements of the Joint Federal Travel Regulations. The grant is not available through other relief societies or American Red Cross. Contact the AF Aid officer at the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (321) 494-5676, option 1, prior to making travel arrangements.
WOMEN, INFANT & CHILDREN (WIC): Did you know WIC comes to Patrick AFB twice a month? Through a mutual agreement between the Airman & Family Readiness Center and the Health Department, WIC provides direct services to Patrick AFB families every other Wednesday at the A&FRC. Eligibility requirements: Pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5. The purpose of this program is to provide nutrition education, breastfeeding support and healthy foods to pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children to age 5. For income guidelines visit www.floridawic.org. Languages spoken or available: All (by phone interpreters). For additional information, or sign up for the program, contact the WIC main office in Viera at (321) 639-5793 or Melbourne at (321) 726-2922 and let them know you are from Patrick AFB. Applications are also available in the lobby at the A&FRC and the Family Advocacy Office.
(Notice: Programs and information are subject to change without notice)