Child Care

Child Care


A variety of options exist, many of which will depend on the location of the family, from babysitters from the local community to day care centers, drop offs, some church programs, base child-care centers and in home services. 


Care through military child-care centers are $5/hour for temporary or hourly care. Many in-home sitters ask for the minimum wage of $10.10/hour but it will vary with the experience of the sitter and number of children, so cost per hour can reach $20/hour. We have a few young adults in the community that are occasionally willing to babysit as well. Please contact MFS Hawaii for names and contact numbers.
Local Resources

Keiki Sitters
People Attentive to Children (PATCH) Hawaii (PATCH for Military)

Work Related Absence

Historically, deployments do not occur in Hawaii, however significant work related absences may occur for things like training/courses/TDs and position specific work trips. If a member is away for more than 2 weeks, MFS Hawaii will be more than happy to offer in-person personalized visits such as coffees and respite child-care may be possible.

In some circumstances, respite child care (temporary and short-term) may also be available such as when a family is new to a community and has not set up their Family Care Plan, when it is necessary for the health and wellness of the primary care provider, during a work-related absence of the CAF member or if one of the parents is seriously injured or ill and requires such assistance to recover.

Please contact MFS Hawaii for names and contact information for members of our Ohana that are willing to provide babysitting services to our Ohana in our local community or to inquire about respite care.

Base Resources

JBPHH (Navy and Airforce, Honolulu Area)
Links to 9 Child Development Centres (CDCs) offer full time care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years (not in kindergarten) at an affordable price as well as temporary care at $5/hour for things such as Doctor Visits, Job Interviews, Personal Needs (running errands, occasional "Me Time" or Date Nights), Illnesses, Emergency Situations. Hourly care is offered during normal operating hours when children are present. Registration/reservations and specific immunizations (i.e. flu, TB) are required.  

Army Bases in Central Oahu and Honolulu 
Army Child Development Centers (CDCs) are on-post facilities that reduce stress on families and support workforce readiness by offering full-time, part-time and hourly child-care service options for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age in nationally accredited environments on bases such as Schofield Barracks and Ft. Shafter. Registration/reservations and specific immunizations (i.e. flu, TB) are required.  
Marine Corp Base (Windward Side)
Two CDCs are available on the MCBH base. The Resource and Referral office provides childcare information, referrals and assistance in locating appropriate, affordable and accessible childcare and recreational programs in the local area, both on and off base.  Full time and part-time as well as hourly child-care ($5/hour) is available on a space-available basis. Registration/reservations and specific immunizations (i.e. flu, TB) are required. Contact for program information and registration: 808-257-7430/7240.