Caring for children with special needs can be 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. Families in EFMP must meet eligibility criteria, which varies by branch of service.

MacDill AFB’s Respite Care program is managed by Paula Cox, Community Child Care Coordinator 813-828-7760;

Visit the Family Child Care Page for comprehensive information on criteria and application documents and submit to Ms. Cox for processing.


Each branch of service operates their own EFMP respite care program

Army Respite Care

(912) 315-1058


Coast Guard Respite Care

(305) 695-2397/2398


Navy Respite Care

(800) 424-2246


Marines Respite Care

(703) 784-9395

There may be additional options for Respite Care for EFMP families. However, all programs have eligibility criteria.