Hanscom's Child Development Center (CDC) provides a safe, nurturing environment that promotes physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. Children ages 6 weeks to 5 years can explore, experiment and make discoveries through a variety of developmentally appropriate activities. Our DoD-certified center has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). We offer full-time and hourly care on a space available basis. 

Building 1994
(781) 225-6129
Monday–Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cute kids playing at the CDC
We recognize that each child learns & grows at his/her own pace. Our activities promote self-esteem
& creativity, increase self-help skills and instill a positive, enthusiastic attitude toward learning.

To assist Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian personnel in balancing the competing demands of the accomplishment of the DoD mission and family life by managing and delivering a system of quality, available, and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth birth through 18 years of age.


Eligibility and priority are established through AFI 34-248. Eligible patrons include active duty military personnel, DoD civilian personnel paid with either APF or NAF (including AAFES), reservist on active duty or during inactive duty training and DoD contractors.


Fees are based on DoD guidelines according to the Military Child Care Act of 1989. These fees are updated annually.

-Waiting List

Patrons will need to complete a DD Form 2606, Request for Child Care. 
Due to the personal information required on this form, we cannot accept it via email. Once completed, please bring it to the Child Development Center (Bldg 1994).

Children will be placed on the waiting list according to the Hanscom’s Priority Access to Child Development Programs. For unborn children, families may request care after 6 months with a doctor’s note.  PCS inbound can be placed on the waiting list 90 days prior to assignment with published orders. 


When a child care space becomes available, the sponsor will be contacted.  The sponsor will have twenty-four hours to accept the space.  If no contact is made within twenty –four hours or the space is refused by the sponsor, the space will be offered to the next family on the waiting list.  When a family does not make contact or refuses the space, the family’s DD Form 2606 will be removed from the waiting list and must wait 30 days before completing a new DD Form 2606 to return to the list.


Once you have been notified and accepted a space in the Center you will be given instructions on the registration process. It will include completing an acceptance letter, registration packet and scheduling parent orientation prior to starting the program. Parents must also submit up-to-date immunizations record with the registration packet.


The practices of the Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. We are responsible for supporting the development of the whole child, meaning all areas of development are considered inter-related and equally important. Our program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers and caring adults. We respect each child’s unique interests, experiences, abilities and needs, thus allowing us to be responsive to and appropriate for each child. Children are valued as individuals, as well part of a group.  Likewise, our program respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children. We advocate for children, families and the early childhood professionals within our programs.

  • Foster positive identity and sense of emotional well-being
  • Enhance Social Skills
  • Encourage children to think, reason, question, and experiment
  • Promote language and literacy development
  • Build physical development and skills
  • Support sound health, safety, and nutritional practices
  • Advance creative expression, representation, and appreciation for the arts
  • Appreciate and respect cultural diversity
  • Develop initiative and decision-making skills

The curriculum is based on the well-established “Creative Curriculum” which focuses on meeting the needs and interests of the whole child using an individualized approach. Staff observes children each week to plan and individualize activities to meet each child’s needs and interests. Daily learning experiences include large and small motor development, manipulative skills, creative arts to include art, music and movement, simple science and math exploration, early literacy, and sensory exploration. Children learn to care for animals, plants, and their classroom while developing self-help skills, a sense of classroom community and social skills. Long-term projects and studies give children an opportunity to explore and learn in-depth. Daily outdoor activities and a state of the art playground offer large motor development and play while encouraging social skills among children.


Positive Guidance is the primary tool that caregivers use to support challenging behavior. The center does not use punishment—spanking, isolation, confinement, deprivation of food, and harsh consequences that include prohibiting a child for playing or engaging in any activities in the center—to address challenging behavior. Rather, the program ascribes to a use of positive guidance, on approach that is synonymous with discipline. Discipline comes from the word disciple, which means learner. Discipline should be a process of teaching which allows socialization to take place. The purpose of discipline is to instruct children in proper conduct and to help them develop inner controls so they can live according to the standards of behavior established by society.

-Food Service

The program offers a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast, lunch and snack. Meals are served “Family Style” to promote conversation and to encourage children to try new foods. All meals meet the USDA standards and menus are approved by a base dietitian or a HQ Specialist. Baby food and formula is provided for infants.

-Parent Involvement

The Parent Advisory Board (PAB) allows parents opportunities to actively participate in the program activities. Parents have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with caregivers and the administration of the Child Development Center, helping to provide valuable input into the decision making and planning process. The PAB meets quarterly and supports fundraisers and other events for the children and staff.

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