Rita C. Hall
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A Soldier who is also an Army spouse chose the option of Army Family Child Care for her son.
More than three years ago, Angela Colon-Allison chose Army FCC for her son, D’Angelo, who is now 5. FCC providers can have no more than six children in their home, including their own children, under age 8. Colon-Allison believes this smaller adult-to-child ratio in an FCC home is an advantage. The ratio affords the opportunity for a better, more comfortable and individualized home-learning environment, she said, with a closer parent-to-caregiver relationship.
Colon-Allison’s FCC child care provider assisted with D’Angelo’s toilet training and his learning numbers, letters and how to write his name. Colon-Allison said her son enjoys the individualized attention, having other children to play with, the chance to discover and learn things by himself, and the sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
She compared her relationship with her provider to the relationship she has with her son.
“She always shows her day care children (tender loving care). She loves and is passionate about what she does, and it shows in the way the children respond,” Colon-Allison said, adding that her FCC provider plays an important role in her child and family’s life.
Colon-Allison credits many of her family’s successes to her FCC provider. She said that her FCC provider consistently exceeds parent expectations and ensures, through her words and actions, that she is making a positive impact in the lives of children.