Military Family Support

Our Military Respite program provides quality respite care throughout San Diego and Riverside County to help active duty Navy Families with children having special needs and who are current with their enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).

Funded by the United States Navy Headquarters and administered by Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA), the Military Respite program families receive up to 40 hours per month of respite care services.

Respite care allows families short-term relief from the continual care of their child with developmental disabilities to allow parents and guardians time for other activities.

Program Eligibility

  • Be an active duty, or Reservist on active duty, Navy family
  • Have a child(ren) identified as category IV or V in the Navy Exceptional Family Member Program
  • Child(ren) receiving care must be living in the home full time with the active duty Navy Sponsor

How to Apply

Families must follow the following steps to be placed on the waiting list for Military Respite Care:

  1. Create an account and household profile on
    All Active Duty and Reservist on Active Duty interested in placing their child(ren) on the Navy’s waiting list for EFM Respite Care must create an account and household profile on If you do not create a profile on, your child(ren) will not be placed on the waiting list.
  2. Complete and sign the Certification of Eligibility for EFM Respite Care.
    All Active Duty Navy families must complete, sign and return the Certification of Eligibility after you create your account and household profile in
  3. Confirmation of your family's information.
    Once CCAoA receives the Certification of Eligibility, a specialist will verify your family on If both steps One and Two are complete, the specialist will email a confirmation that your family was added to the EFM Respite Care waiting list.

If Step #1 and/or Step #2 are not fully complete, the specialist will contact you to review what information is still needed.
If you do not receive a response, please contact 1-800-424-2246 or [email protected].

Note: Navy families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at the following naval bases may qualify to receive respite services: San Diego, Point Loma, or Coronado; Naval Medical Center; Naval Amphibious Base; other assigned installations.

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Enhanced Child Care Referral Service for Military Families

YMCA CRS helps military families locate quality child care providers off base with an enhanced child care referral service.

Active duty, deployed, and activated reserve service members may qualify for fee assistance through various programs. The type of fee assistance families qualify for varies based on the service member's status and branch of service.

Families who are interested in using fee assistance can receive enhanced referrals to daycare and child care providers who meet the program qualifications of their branch:

Contact Us

To receive more information regarding enhanced military referrals, contact us at: