Skies The Limit under the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides hourly childcare services to Veteran patients’ dependents (infants and children up to 12 years old) while seeing VA healthcare providers (scheduled appointments only) in order to reduce the difficulty patients may have in keeping their appointments because of unavailable or inadequate childcare support. Infants (six weeks to one year), as well as children (toddler to 12 years), are allowed for drop off at the VA Child Waiting Center in Buffalo, NY and Tacoma, WA (awarded March 2015). Since taking over operation appointments have increased at a combined 125% at both facilities.
Under the Department of Defense (Air and National Guard Units, Army and Air Force Reserves as well activity duty units) and Homeland Security (U.S. Coast Guard) Skies the Limit Academy also provides drop-in child care through Yellow Ribbon (The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families, and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle.) and Strong Bond Events (Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program that assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family.)
Our team at Yellow Ribbon and Strong Bond Events are given an estimate of children that we need to take care of. We then provide arts, crafts, educational games while their parents are engaged in many valuable seminars within the hotel or conference center.