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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 http://www.sittercity.com/dod .

The Tutor.com 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 http://www.tutor.com/military/eligibility. Installation staff can also download brochures from the "spread the word" section of the website.

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