Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

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Children and Youth Services at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, will be restricted starting March 1, 2017, due to a hiring freeze that has caused staffing shortages. A similar cutback will take place at the CYS in Fort Knox, Ky. STARS AND STRIPES
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Children and Youth Services at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany, will be restricted starting March 1, 2017, due to a hiring freeze that has caused staffing shortages. A similar cutback will take place at the CYS in Fort Knox, Ky. STARS AND STRIPES

Hiring freeze causes cutbacks in military child care programs

by: Jennifer H. Svan | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: February 23, 2017

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Military families at two U.S. Army bases are facing fewer child care options because of the federal civilian hiring freeze ordered last month by President Donald Trump.

Officials have been forced to indefinitely suspend some child care programs at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden and Fort Knox, Ky., to compensate for staffing vacancies they can’t fill because of the measure.

Wiesbaden officials began notifying parents on Tuesday that three part-day programs for toddlers and preschoolers would be canceled effective March 1.

A letter was “handed to us yesterday when we picked up our daughter from school,” said Emily Bewley, an Army spouse at Wiesbaden, on Wednesday. “We had no warning that this was coming.”

Bewley’s 3-year-old daughter attends the part-day toddler program on base. She goes two days a week for a total of six hours, giving Bewley, who’s married to an Army warrant officer, time to concentrate on her home business, she said.

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