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April 20, 2017 at 3:18pm debuts

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With April being the Month of the Military Child, the Department of Defense chose Thursday as the launch date for

The website is an online resource for military families to find child care and other useful information.

The national online resource is expected to be a big help for Joint Base Lewis-McChord families.

“This single online gateway provides comprehensive information on military-operated or military-subsidized child care programs worldwide and simplifies the child care search and request process,” said Noreen Naputi, Parent Central manager and military child care coordinator for JBLM Child and Youth Services.

The site has been rolled out to military installations around the globe in previous months, with JBLM’s access being the latest phase in the process, Naputi said.

JBLM has known about the upcoming launch since January, so it’s highly anticipated. People can check out the information and ways to register for child care at any installation around the world.

There’s a short video available on the site, which explains more about how to register and what’s available on the site, she said.

The local phase of the site launch fits well with the Month of the Military Child, which has been observed for the past three decades. It was first designated as such by the DOD in 1986.

“The strength of the nation is built on the readiness and (resiliency) of every member of the premier all-volunteer Army including the military children and youth,” reads the Army’s website on the Month of the Military Child.

This year’s theme for the Month of the Military Child is “Their Journeys and Adventures.” Throughout the month, various installations across the country and around the world provide fun and exciting events, such as family fun nights, parades and festivals, including the recent Kids’ Fest on JBLM.

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