Military Respite Child Care

With one parent away from the household, the remaining caregiver can become overwhelmed by the added responsibilities in and outside of the home. In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA and the Department of Defense, participating YMCAs are able to offer care for your children in a safe and nurturing environment while you take some much deserved time for yourself. You can leave to catch up on errands, stay and enjoy a tension-relieving class or simply relax. It’s up to you!

Respite child care is available for infants up to 11 years of age.

Who is eligible for respite child care?

Title 10 personnel are eligible for respite child care, including:

  • Family members of deployed National Guard and Reservists
  • Active Duty Independent Duty personnel
  • Relocated spouse/dependent children of deployed Active Duty personnel
  • Families of deployed Active Duty personnel residing 30 miles from a military installation

What do I need to do?

  1. Contact Military OneSource at or 800-342-9647 to confirm your eligibility and receive an eligibility form.
  2. Visit the Altru Family YMCA.
  3. Fill out and bring your eligibility form, Military ID and any other required documentation (usually, your Deployment Orders or Military Service Headquarters approval letter) to the YMCA for verification. Please do not leave copies of these documents at the YMCA.

For more information, please check with Bob McWilliams, CEO, or a Member Service Representative or send us a request for more info – click here.