Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Respite Care


PLEASE NOTE – Currently, there is a waiting list for EFM Respite Care so call us at (800) 424-2246.

What happens next?

Families will receive a confirmation email from Child Care Aware® of America that their family has been placed on the waiting list.

What is Navy EFM Respite Care?

Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), Child & Youth Programs contracts with Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) to administer Exceptional Family Member (EFM) Respite Care.  This program is available as a benefit to Navy families who have a child enrolled in the Navy Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) and meet the prescribed eligibility criteria.  Caring for children with special needs is full time job which is physically and emotionally challenging.  EFM Respite Care provides parents the opportunity to rest and rejuvenate with peace of mind, knowing their children will be well cared for.

Please be advised that Navy EFM Respite Care is not an entitlement program and is subject to the availability of funds.

Where is the program available?

Navy EFM Respite Care is available throughout the United States.

Who is eligible for EFM Respite Care?

Navy families will be eligible for the EFM Respite Care if the following criteria have been met:

  • The Sailor is active duty or Reservist on active duty orders.
  • The Sailor is currently enrolled in the Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).
  • The Sailor has a child currently residing with him/her, enrolled in EFMP, birth through 18 years, and assigned category 4 or 5.

How is a family’s EFMP enrollment verified?

A family’s eligibility is verified through an EFMP Enrollment Letter the Sailor can download from the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System (NFAAS) which confirms the child’s EFMP enrollment, category and next update.  If a family is unable to access NFAAS, please contact the local EFMP Liaison for assistance.

What is included in Navy EFM Respite Care?

Eligible families receive:

  • 40 hours of respite care per family per month;
  • respite care provided by well-trained and background screened providers who are monitored by the local partner agencies; and
  • respite care services in the family’s home, a family child care home or an off-base child care centers by approved providers.

How do I access information about Navy EFM Respite Care?

Navy families can:


Navy EFM Respite Care Secure Site Resources for Agencies

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