Child Care Options
Published July 24, 2017
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center is a modern facility located in Building 2449. Recognized as the "Best in PA CAF" in 1995 and 1997, the center is a nationally accredited early childhood program which offers developmentally appropriate child care and preschool (Sept-May). The program provides a diverse and rewarding developmental experience for the full growth of the child. Parents will find a safe environment with a professional staff that is caring, loving and happy.
The center is open 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5:30 a.m. -7:30 p.m. during exercises unless otherwise instructed by the commander. The center accepts children from 6 weeks through 11 years of age. Reservations for drop-ins are made on a first-come, first-served basis, depending upon space availability. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are available at no extra charge. Fees are based on a sliding scale based on the current year family income. Except for the respite care program, Give Parents A Break (hourly care) and special openings, the center is closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. For more information, call (907) 377-3237.
School Age Care program
For those who need care for a kindergarten child or before and after school care, Eielson has one of the finest school age care programs and staff in the command. The program accepts children, 5 to 12 years, and is in Building 2572, next to Burger King. When the academic school year concludes, children can attend an all-day summer day camp. Both programs have a maximum enrollment of 108 children, and the programs are usually maxed out. Like the child development center, fees are based on a sliding scale based on current year family income. The facility is open 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. during exercises, and closed Saturdays, Sundays, and federal holidays. For more information, call (907) 377-KIDS.
Family day care
Finding good child care can be quite a challenge. As the number of working parents increases, so does the need for child care with greater flexibility. Here, parents have an option of selecting different types of care. For many families, the choice may be a home environment with smaller child/adult ratios. This type of care can be found in a Family Child Care home. Generally, there are 40 certified FCC homes for parents working shifts, children with special needs, infants, children who are susceptible to illness and youth who feel more comfortable in smaller groups. Each provider establishes fees. For more information, call or visit the Family Child Care Office in the Community Center in Building 2555. Call (907) 377-3636.