Children's Waiting Room removes a child care as a barrier to health care. This program, free at most locations, provides child care so parents can attend medical appointments. Military installation child care centers are typically at full capacity, or have limited or no drop-in capability.
When families have the ability to drop off their children inside the hospital at no cost, they are more likely to attend scheduled appointments. Siblings kept from clinic areas have reduced exposure to other sick patients. The financial duress of child care adds to military families missing doctors’ appointments.
The result of Children's Waiting Room is that more military family members are receiving the medical care needed, improving the overall health of our military families.
According to the Blue Star Families 2018 annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, child care continues to be a top need.
From the report: Finding new child care can be one of many adjustment challenges and is a commonly reported issue for both military spouse respondents and female service members. Among those service member respondents who resided in their community for less than a year, 79% of female service members were not able to find consistent child care compared with 65% of male service members.