Childcare

CHILDCARE  

  


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CDC: Mon. through Fri., 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. | FCC office: Mon. through Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
location
Bldg. 1994
phone
CDC: 781-225-6129
FCC: 781-225-6121
fax
781-225-2620

MISSION: 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.

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Hanscom's Child Development Center (CDC) offer full-time and hourly care on a space available basis for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. >>

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Hanscom's Family Child Care (FCC) program offers families alternative childcare in a less structured, home-like environment.  >>

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Special programs include Childcare for PCS, Childcare for Volunteers, Extended Duty Childcare, and Returning Home Care. >>

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER (CDC)

Hanscom's Child Development Center (CDC) offer full-time and hourly care on a space available basis for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our DoD-certified center has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Hours | Monday–Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

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.

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FAMILY CHILD CARE (FCC)

Hanscom's Family Child Care (FCC) program offers families alternative childcare, allowing children to participate in a less structured, home-like environment. Providers are able to accommodate parents' various work schedules by offering full-time and part-time care, drop-in services, as well as weekend and evening care.

FCC homes are licensed by the group commander in coordination with health, fire & safety agencies, and are monitored by the FCC coordinator.

Office Hours | Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours of operation and fees charged by each FCC provider are a matter of private negotiation between the provider and the parents (unless the family is enrolled in the subsidy program).

Providers receive extensive training in child development, Positive Guidance Techniques, CPR, first aid, health, safety, fire prevention, nutrition, reporting of child abuse and food handling before obtaining a license. Additional monthly training is ongoing.

When a base housing resident fails to obtain a license, the matter is referred to higher authorities and this could result in losing base housing privileges. If you suspect someone is providing unlicensed care, please call the unlicensed Family Child Care Hotline: (781) 225-6129. 

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ELIGIBILITY

  • CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER (CDC): 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.
  • FAMILY CHILD CARE (FCC): Children 2 weeks old to age 12 of any active duty or retired military members, DoD civilians and contractors employed on or supporting Hanscom AFB, are eligible for care under the FCC Program.
  • EXTENDED DUTY CARE: Eligible users are Active Duty assigned to or living on the base, DoD civilians assigned to the base, Spouses of Active Duty whose spouse is deployed or TDY, AF Reserve or Air National Guard on active duty.
  • RETURNING HOME CARE: Eligible users are active duty members, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members assigned to or living on the installation. Guard and Reserve are eligible to use this program also under the Home Community Care Program in the civilian community during weekend care contracted time.

APPLICTION/REGISTRATION PROCESS

SUBMIT 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 a waiting list according to the Hanscom’s Priority Access to Child Development ProgramsFor 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.

WAITING LIST | The Child Development Center maintains a waitlist for eligible individuals who need immediate care for their child(ren).

  • A family’s position on the waitlist fluctuates according the number of families in higher priorities.
  • Families will be contacted periodically (at least every 2 months) to verify their childcare need(s).  
  • It is the responsibility of the family to ensure that all information on their DD 2606 is accurate and updated especially contact numbers and email addresses.  
  • The Child Development Program cannot guarantee a space for any child. We strongly recommend families seek other childcare options until offered an enrollment space at the Center.  
  • Families are encouraged to complete the Waiting List Survey for the Family Child Care Program (included with DD 2606) and include an email address to be contacted about other child care options. The Family Child Care Program provides quarterly updates.  
  • Families are asked to contact the CDC if they no longer need care.

ENROLLMENT | Families on the waiting list will be contacted when a child care space becomes available and will have 24  hours to accept the space.  If no contact is made within 24 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.

REGISTRATION | Once you have been notified and have 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

PARENT ADVISORY BOARD

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 FSS Family Member Programs: Child Development Center, Family Child Care and Youth Programs; 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.

PURPOSE | The board functions in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations for improving services in all Family Member Programs areas.

  • Improve staff and parent communications.
  • Increase parent’s knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices in FMP activities.
  • Increase parent participation and involvement in FMP activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Meet with the FMP Flight Chief and activity managers at least quarterly.
  • Meet with the Mission Support Group Commander at least annually.

For more information, the next meeting date or minutes from prior meetings, contact the CDC (781) 225-6129 or FCC coordinator (781) 225-6122.


CDC INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:

FEES

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

PHILOSOPHY

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.

GOALS

  • 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

CURRICULUM

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.

GUIDANCE

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.


FCC INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:

FAMILY CHILD CARE SUBSIDY
The FCC Subsidy Program assists working parents in finding quality, affordable childcare in FCC homes by sharing the cost of their childcare fees. Parents of infants, toddlers, and special needs children who are enrolled in FCC homes can pay their weekly fees according to their Total Family Income. School Age children who have been in a licensed FCC home throughout the School Year may also apply for the subsidy program during the summer months. The fees are the same a parent would pay if their child were enrolled in the Child Development Center.

In order to qualify for the Subsidy Program, a child must be enrolled in care at an FCC home at least 35-50 hours per week. The program is open only to active duty military and DoD civilian families. To register, please contact the FCC coordinator at (781) 225-6122 to schedule an appointment.

FINDING CARE
Our providers have completed background checks, safety and health requirements, and other training in order to provide your child the best quality care.

Providers and their homes are different and unique just as families are. Please arrange an interview with a potential FCC Provider to assure compatibility. The FCC Provider you select will play an important role in your child’s life. The provider will guide, teach, and nurture your child.

Here are some items to check for and questions to ask when interviewing a potential provider:

  • Is the home kept clean?
  • Is there room for children to play indoors and outdoors?
  • Is there a place for naps?
  • Is the home free of safety hazards?
  • Does the provider seem to know a lot about child Development and childcare?
  • Does the provider seem to truly like children and are they patient with the children?
  • What training has the provider had?
  • Visit the FCC home anytime during the day. Check to see what kind of care is being provided.
  • Read their contract thoroughly. If there is something in the contract you disagree with discuss with the provider prior to signing.
  • Don't be afraid to ask the provider any questions.
  • Ask about the flexibility of hours.
  • Clarify your expectations.
  • Look for evidence of good hygiene, sanitary conditions, and health requirements.
  • Don't feel pressured to say yes or no on the spot.

The FCC provider sets fees. Prior to starting care families must:

  • Complete a written contract regarding fees and policies.
  • Provide proof of immunizations and any medical information for each child including permission to treat emergencies signed by the parent(s), child's allergies, chronic illness and other known health problems.
  • A completed AF Form 1181
  • A completed AF Form 357 for dual/single military parent(s)

Here are some other points to remember when you find care:

  • Visit your FCC home anytime during the day. Check to see what kind of care is being provided.
  • Discuss your goals and the provider’s goals for your child and work together to accomplish those goals.
  • Keep the provider informed about the health of your child. If your child is ill and will not be going to the FCC home, notify the provider as soon as possible.
  • Pay for fees on time — the provider deserves your consideration.
  • Be thoughtful and considerate of your provider — drop off and pick up your child on time 
    or call if you are delayed.

ENHANCED CHILD CARE REFERRAL SERVICES 

OPERATION CHILD CARE Designed to support the short-term child care needs of National Guard and Reserve members in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom. Dedicated child care providers from across the country pledged their support to Service Members returning home for rest and recuperation leave by donating a minimum of four hours of child care services. Their volunteer time allows service members to take care of family business, take a spouse out to dinner, and reconnect with family members.

OPERATION MILITARY CHILD CARE (OMCC) Child care fee assistance for Active-Duty Military (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force) National Guard and Reserve who are activated or deployed and whose children are enrolled in non-DoD licensed child care programs.

MILITARY CHILD CARE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD (MCCIYN) Help support military families with the high cost of child care outside military installations by locating high-quality child care in local communities, subsidizing the cost of high-quality child care, and provide a subsidy for 60 days while a non-military spouse is looking for work.

CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE FOR FAMILIES OF SEVERELY INJURED MILITARY FAMILIESNACCRRA will coordinate with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies to help military families locate child care in the civilian community when a military program is unavailable. This will allow the spouse to be at bedside or to help with outpatient medical appointments. NACCRRA and the DOD will provide an offset to the civilian child care fees during the recovery period.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS:

CHILD CARE FOR PCS The Air Force Aid Society provides eligible active duty members up to 20 hours of free childcare per child while preparing to leave or arriving on Hanscom AFB. The Child Care for PCS program offers parents an opportunity to have their children cared for while packing, unpacking, in or out-processing, house hunting, etc. Certificates are issued to the active duty member or spouse with the PCS assignment orders at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Childcare is provided only in Hanscom licensed FCC homes. The certificate must be shown at the time care is provided to verify eligibility. Members are responsible for coordinating the date and times of child care with the FCC providers.

CHILD CARE FOR VOLUNTEERS The Air Force Aid Society provides eligible parents with the opportunity to have their children cared for while they are volunteering on base. Certificates are issued at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Please note: Not all volunteer activities are covered by this program - all volunteer activities must be pre-approved by AFAS. Upon approval, a certificate will be issued to the parent. Childcare is provided only in Hanscom licensed FCC homes. The certificate must be shown at the time care is provided to verify eligibility. Members are responsible for coordinating the date and times of child care with the FCC providers.

EXTENDED DUTY CHILD CARE The EDC program assists families in obtaining high-quality child care from licensed or affiliated providers at or near the base when weekly parental workloads, due to extended duty hours, exceed the standard 50 hours of care (typically 10 hours a day or 5-day work week) that families are already purchasing in child care programs on or off base. Families should establish a plan to meet all their child care needs; e.g., short-term TDYs, shift work care where shift work is the typical assignment, family days, deployments, etc. The EDC program should be considered a back-up plan.

  • FREE childcare provided in Family Child Care/Extended Duty Care home
    • children under 12 years
    • a total of 16 hours per child in a 6-month period
  • Open to all personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis in support of contingency operations
    • Active Duty
    • Air National Guard
    • AF Reserves
    • DoD civilians
  • "Short-term" deployments must be minimum of 30 calendar days (cumulative) in a 6-month period  

Who is eligible to use EDC?

  • Active Duty assigned to or living on the base
  • DoD civilians assigned to the base
  • Spouses of Active Duty whose spouse is deployed or TDY
  • AF Reserve or Air National Guard on active duty

Extended Duty Care can be used: 

  • On-base mission-related duty
  • Extended duty days
  • Temporary shift changes (not to exceed 3 days)
  • Rapid mobilization
  • Dual military or single parent deployment until children are picked up by AF Form 357 designee 
    (not to exceed 3 days)
  • No-notice/short-notice TDY 
  • Less than 1-week notice
  • If no other family member is available
  • If verified with supervisor
  • Provides temporary assistance (not to exceed 3 days/calendar year) until other arrangements 
    can be found
  • Spouse of deployed or TDY member who is experiencing a short-term child care emergency created in part by the duty-related absence of spouse (not to exceed 3 days) 
  • Requests to exceed the 3-day time limit are sent to the MAJCOM in advance for approval. Confirmation of approval is sent from the MAJCOM to flight chief, FCC coordinator and HQ USAF simultaneously

 Extended Duty Care cannot be used:

  • On a regular, recurring basis 
  • To meet parents’ regular childcare requirements
  • To provide shift-work care where shift work is a typical assignment
  • Mandatory PT
  • To provide hourly care for non-duty-related reasons  
  • For off-duty education and employment on a recurring basis
  • For holidays, family days, CDC/SAP/FCC home closure, attend/watch air shows, etc.
  • FCC providers who have medical appointments, childcare emergencies that impact on their ability to provide childcare or need substitute care (exception: approved by MAJCOM and if EDC provider has 
    unused hours)
  • Child Development and School-Age staff required to work different shift, longer hours and who have other childcare emergencies that impact on their ability to provide child care (exception: approved by MAJCOM and if EDC Provider has unused hours)
  • Family Member Program staff and FCC provider training (exception: approved by MAJCOM and if EDC provider has unused hours — allowed on an extremely limited basis)

How can I use this program?

  • Parents must be enrolled in the Extended Duty Care Program to participate
  • EDC is provided by a licensed FCC provider who maintains an AF funded contract to cover the cost of extended care
  • Shift change care should be prescheduled; unscheduled care is arranged by email and/or phone
  • EDC can be provided during the day, evenings and weekends, and is coordinated by the FCC coordinator
  • A supervisor must sign a parent statement for each use and have written verification from their supervisor

For more information on Extended Duty Care contact Hanscom's Family Child Care office, at (781) 225-6129 or send your inquiry via email.

RETURNING HOME CARE Free child care isn’t something that always comes your way. However, if you’ve just returned from a 30-day or more OPERATION Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) deployment or have a 2-week R&R, this program is just what you need to help reduce stress and readjust. Eligible users are active duty members, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members assigned to or living on the installation. Guard and Reserve are eligible to use this program also under the Home Community Care Program in the civilian community during weekend care contracted time. The care is provided in the Extended Duty Care FCC homes and in the off-base civilian ANG/AFR Home Community Care contracted homes off-base. 

If you think this might be for you, please contact your Family Child Care Office at (781) 225-6122. Please help us to help you by taking advantage of this great program, within 30 days of return from your deployment or upon arrival for your 2-week R&R.

    • FREE child care provided in Family Child Care/Extended Duty Care home
      • children under 12 years
      • a total of 16 hours per child in a 6-month period
    • Open to all personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis in support of contingency operations
      • Active Duty
      • Air National Guard
      • AF Reserves
      • DoD civilians

"Short-term" deployments must be minimum of 30 calendar days (cumulative) in a 6-month period

The RHC program provides child care for children ages 12 and under. Up to 16 hours of care per child per 

6-month period is available to those Active Duty members, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members returning to their home stations after deployments of a minimum of 30 calendar days. It is also availible to personnel who routinely deploy on a short-term basis (cumulative of 30 days in a 6-month period) in support of contingency operations and members returning for a two-week R&R leave. Care for the Returning Home Care program is provided in an Extended Duty Care FCC home.

The program is designed to provide an opportunity for the deployed parent to become reacquainted with his/her family. The 16 hours should be used within 30 days from returning to their home station but not longer than 60 days. The Returning Home Care program is offered exclusively in an Extended Duty Care FCC home. 

For more information on Returning Home Care contact Hanscom's Family Child Care office, at (781) 225-6129 or send your inquiry via email.

FCC INFORMATION FOR PROVIDERS

BECOMING A PROVIDER
To initiate the process of becoming a Hanscom AFB Family Child Care Provider, call (781) 225-6122, email us, or stop by our office in the Child Development Center at Hanscom, Bldg. 1994 (behind the clinic). 

The FCC is actively recruiting providers to watch children in their homes. The program offers a flexible schedule and the opportunity to earn extra income while staying home. The program is looking for providers to care for children with special needs, including children with asthma, allergies, cerebral palsy and physical ailments. The program is also actively recruiting providers who might offer swing and evening shifts. Call us at (781) 225-6122 for more information.

Provider Requirements:

  • Spouse of an active duty or retired military member living on or off base.
  • Are at least 18 years old.
  • Have the ability to ready, speak, and write English.
  • Are physically and mentally capable of providing care.
  • Are willing and able to complete the required training and agree to the requirements of becoming an FCC provider.
  • Are able to obtain the required insurance coverage.
  • Participate in a home interview with your family members.
  • Have no conviction of, admission to, or evidence of family violence, child abuse or neglect, alcohol abuse or use of illegal drugs.

Providers Receive:

  • Pre-licensing and other required training.
  • Monthly training sessions.
  • Assistance with preparing curriculum and developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Training on how to use appropriate guidance techniques.
  • Assistance in earning a Child Development Associate credential.
  • Assistance in becoming an Accredited Provider by the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC)
  • Free Resource Center: supplies, outdoor play equipment, books, games, toys, safety gates, first aid kits, mats, child-sized tables and chairs, arts and crafts supplies, child-sized plates, cups, utensils and much more.

Please Note: In accordance with AFI 34-144, Family Child Care Programs, Para 11.17: “Any individual caring for other families’ children a total of more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis must be licensed to provide care in on-base quarters.” Unlicensed childcare on Hanscom is a violation of base policy and may result in loss of base housing privileges. Applications and information on becoming a FCC provider are available through the FCC coordinator’s office.

TYPES OF LICENSES

LICENSED FAMILY CHILD CARE HOME | A home on base or in Air Force-Leased housing approved by the commander to provide child care following the requirements of Air Force Family Child Care Standards.

LICENSED AFFILIATED HOME | Off-base providers that are in compliance with the Air Force Family Child Care Standards and voluntarily submit to the same screening, training and inspection requirements as on-base licensed providers. Must be spouses of active duty or retired military members. Enjoy all the benefits of the Resource Center and all training. Must save on space for Military or DoD child. Affiliate providers must be first licensed by the state that they live in to be eligible to become an affiliate provider.

LICENSED ACCREDITED HOME | A family child care provider who is Licensed though the Family Child Care program and who has been accredited by an external accrediting agency such as the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

 

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