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DOD pays for babysitter matching service

WASHINGTON - PCS season begins this month, and to help moving military families find trustworthy childcare at their new base while the kids are out of school, the Pentagon has paid for memberships to a website that prescreens babysitters.

Servicemembers can use Sittercity for free to get access to a pool of caregivers, as well as dogwalkers, housekeepers and tutors, who have passed a background check and have been reviewed by the service. Some of the caregivers available are able to get on base and are subsidized by the military.

"Many military families have a spouse who are deployed so daily life presents many challenges and often parents find they need extra help in the summer to care for children when schools are closed," Melissa Anderson of Sittercity said in a statement. 

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