Family Readiness Corner: Back to School Tools

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Now that a new school year is once again upon us, just a reminder of some great opportunities for military families:
Sittercity is the nation's largest online source for local babysitters, nannies, elder care providers, dog walkers, housekeepers and tutors, and contains more than 1 million caregiver profiles. The Sittercity Corporate Program, funded by the Defense Department, offers military families, including active-duty, Guard and Reserve members, with a paid membership to the site.

The paid membership enables military families entry to a custom-built Defense Department Web site portal where they can match up caregivers to their situation; gain instant access to caregiver profiles that include background checks, references and reviews; and find military-certified care providers as well as caregivers who are military-subsidized and authorized access to a military installation.

Military members and their families can activate their membership by going to .
The for U.S. Military Families program gives eligible military families access to free online tutoring and free homework help from live, professional tutors in more than 16 subjects. Tutors help K-12 students, college students, and service members and spouses going back to school or through a career transition. K-12 students can get help in more than 16 academic subjects, including algebra, chemistry, calculus, and physics.

Adult learners can get back-to-school and career help, including GED prep and resume writing. Eligible members and the tutor work together in a secure online classroom, where they can chat, draw on a shared whiteboard, upload files, and browse the web together.

To determine eligibility, visit Installation staff can also download brochures from the "spread the word" section of the website.

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