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Child Care Aware® of America and the U.S. Air Force Partner With Easter Seals Louisiana To Launch Exceptional Family Member Program Respite Child Care in Bossier City, LA

Child Care Aware® of America has partnered with the United States Air Force (USAF) to launch a newly expanded program to provide respite child care to Air Force families with children with special needs. USAF EFMP Respite Child Care has launched in Bossier City, LA, and serves eligible Air Force families based in and around Bossier City, LA. Easter Seals Louisiana will administer the program locally.

New Orleans, February 11, 2014

Media Contact:
Dominique Ellis
dellis@laeasterseals.com
5045237325

Bossier City, LA – Feb. 25, 2014 - Child Care Aware® of America has partnered with the United States Air Force (USAF) to launch a newly expanded program to provide respite child care to Air Force families with children with special needs.  USAF EFMP Respite Child Care has launched in Bossier City, LA, and serves eligible Air Force families based in and around Bossier City, LA.  Easter Seals Louisiana will administer the program locally.

"We are so pleased to offer this much needed program to local Air Force families with children with special needs," said Dawn Huber, Director of Disability and Elderly Services.  "USAF EFMP Respite Child Care will provide families a well-deserved break, knowing that their child is being cared for by trained and screened providers."

Through this Air Force-funded program, eligible Air Force families may receive 12 hours of respite child care per month at no cost to the family.  Respite child care services in Bossier City, LA will be provided by qualified providers who are recruited, screened and trained in caring for children with special needs by Easter Seals Louisiana. Currently, Easter Seals Louisiana works daily with over 3,600 individuals with disabilities and/or their families in Louisiana providing Support Coordination (Case Management) to assist in accessing needed services through Louisiana Medicaid Waivers and other community resources.

USAF EFMP Respite Child Care is available to those families stationed at the following 50 Air Force Bases locations: One of the newest AFB locations is: Barksdale. The first areas selected to participate were the following: The Air Force Academy, Peterson and Schriever AFBs in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Charleston AFB, South Carolina; JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Honolulu, Hawaii; Langley AFB, Hampton, Virginia; JB San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas; JB Lewis-McChord, Tacoma, Washington; and four AFBs in the Greater Washington DC area (JB Andrews, JB Anacostia-Bolling, the Pentagon, and Fort Meade). 

In 2012, the program expanded to the following Air Bases: Creech & Nellis AFBs, Davis-Monthan AFB, Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, Joint Base (JB) Elmendorf-Richardson, Fairchild AFB, Minot AFB, Moody AFB, Offutt AFB, Shaw AFB, Scott AFB, Tinker AFB, Travis AFB, Warner- Robins, AFB, and Wright-Patterson AFB.

In the latest expansion, AF EFMP Respite Child Care will be available at the following new Air Force Bases: Altus, Barksdale, Beale, Dyess, Eielson, Goodfellow, Grand Forks, Hanscom, Hill, Keesler, Kirtland, Laughlin, Luke, MacDill, Maxwell, Patrick, Pope, Seymour-Johnson, Sheppard, Tyndall, and Vance Air Force Bases.

To be eligible for USAF EFMP Respite Child Care, Air Force families must be enrolled in the Air Force Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and have a child up to 18 years of age diagnosed under the EFMP as "moderate" or "severe." 

For more information about USAF EFMP Respite Child Care, contact Child Care Aware® of America at 1-800-424-2246 or email EFMPrespitecare@usa.childcareaware.org.   USAF EFMP Respite Child Care information is also available at http://www.usa.childcareaware.org/air-force-EFMP.

About Child Care Aware® of America

Child Care Aware® of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care. To achieve our mission, we lead projects that increase the quality and availability of child care, offer comprehensive training to child care professionals, undertake groundbreaking research, and advocate child care policies that improve the lives of children and families. To learn more, visit us online at www.usa.childcareaware.org.

About Easter Seals Louisiana

Easter Seals Louisiana, established in 1951, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities achieve independence. Through an array of services we work with individuals across the lifespan.

·      Support Coordination assists children, adults and the elderly with disabilities in accessing needed services to increase their independence.

·      Case Management provides participants with mental illness or co-occurring disorders available resources, and assistance in the navigation of complex services system such as Social Security, Medicaid, and affordable housing.

·      Early Intervention Services identifies, evaluates and supports infants and toddlers, ages 0-3, who may have developmental disabilities.

·      Transitional Housing provides a safe and comfortable environment through intermediate support to people with mental illness and co-occurring disorders with the ultimate goal being independently living.

·      Child-Adolescent Response Team /Mobile Adult Crisis Screening assists in reducing the use of hospitalizations or presentations to the emergency room by the delivery of immediate community based treatments and interventions to families in crisis.

*All services are not available in all areas and have established eligibility requirements. For more information, please contact: Dawn Huber by email at dhuber@laeasterseals.com.

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