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CHILD CARE RESOURCES

Babysitting (Andrews Youth Center Teen Job Bank)

This list is maintained at the Youth Center and may have names of teens interested in baby-sitting. Call 301-981-5430/5636 for information.


Before and After School Program (Andrews's Youth Center)

This program is nationally accredited by the National School-Age Care Alliance (NSACA) and offers the highest quality programming for school age children. Being sponsored youth programs its affiliation with Boys and Girls Clubs of America only enhances the activities and programs available to the youth of Andrews AFB. The Learning Center is a well-equipped computer lab consisting of educational software for all ages of youth. The reading library features pleasure reading considering the many different ages of youth. Part of the Learning Center is a program called "Power Hour". This program encourages youth completion of homework assignments resulting in better grades and higher self esteem for the youth. Drama, music, arts & crafts along with sports and open physical fitness activities round out the program. If interested in having your youth enrolled in this school year program apply with the Supplemental Programs & Services Office. For detailed information, call 301-981-5636/5637.


Child Care for PCS Moves

A program sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society that provides Air Force Moms and Dads the opportunity to have their children cared for while they are getting ready to leave a base or are arriving at a new base. The program pays for up to 20 hours of childcare in on-base, licensed Family Child Care homes within 60 days of PCS'ing in/out and is open to all ranks. Certificates of eligibility and provider compensation forms may be obtained from the Airman & Family Readiness Center upon presentation of PCs orders. Call the Airman & Family Readiness Center, 301-981-7087.


CHILD CARE PRIORITY SYSTEMS

11th Force Support Squadron childcare and school age care utilize a priority use system. All active duty military and civilians working or living on Andrews AFB or living in the Summerfield housing area have first priority. See Priority System below. Fees are based on total family income. Payments are due by the 1st and 15th of each month. 

Our programs acknowledge 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. Children are valued as individuals, as well as part of a group.

Our program respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families. We advocate for children, families, and the early childhood profession

There are three child development centers located on Andrews providing care Monday - Friday with varying hours. All families wishing to use one of the child development centers should first visit the Child Care Registration office for information regarding available vacancies, registration procedures and calculation of fees.

If there are currently no available vacancies parents will be asked to complete a DD Form 2606, Request for Child Care, in order to be placed on a waiting list. Families are placed on the waiting list and contacted for available vacancies based on an established priority system. See below.

PRIORITY DESCRIPTION

1

The following applies to those assigned to Andrews:
Single/Dual Active Duty Military
Single/Dual DoD Civilian Employees
Active Duty Military with working spouse/full time student
DoD Civilian employees with working spouse/full time student

2

The following applies to those not assigned to Andrews:
Single/Dual Active Duty Military
Single/Dual DoD Civilian Employees
Active Duty Military with working spouse/full time student
DoD Civilian Employees with working spouse/full time student

3

The following applies to those assigned to Andrews:
Active Duty Military with non-working spouse
DoD Civilian Employees with non-working spouse
DoD Contractor with working spouse/full time student

4

The following applies to those not assigned to Andrews:
Active Duty Military with non-working spouse
DoD Civilian employee with non-working spouse
DoD Contractor with non-working spouse/full time student

Assigned to AAFB means: Sponsor must be working or living on AAFB Base, living in the Summerfield Housing Area, working at a detachment which is home based at AAFB.

Working spouse means: Having a job outside the home or a home based business or spouses who are FULL Time Students (12 credit hours being taken).

Contractor is defined as an individual working for the primary company hired to fulfill a contact on Andrews AFB. This does not include subcontractors hired to fulfill a contract for the primary contractor.

Families who are anticipating moving to Andrews AFB may submit a DD Form 2606 prior to their arrival and be placed on a projected waiting list. After their arrival on base a call to the Child Care Registration office will transfer their information to the active waiting list.

Similarly, expectant parents may apply before the arrival of their child. The DD Form 2606 is to be completed and a certification letter or pregnancy profile from a physician attached. Once the baby is born parents notify the Child Care Registration office to be placed on the active waiting list.

Children with special needs are accepted in all Airman and Family Services Programs. However, in order to ensure the best care is available for (your child) all children with special needs are reviewed by a Special Needs Review Team. The SNRT consists of medical personnel and child care specialist who work in conjunction with parents and the child's medical personnel to determine how best to serve the child. For further information please contact the Child Care Registration office at 301-981-9981.


Extended Duty Child Care

The Extended Duty Child Care Program offers care in Family Child Care homes beyond the standard 10-hour childcare day or five-day workweek. The Extended Duty Child Care Program assists military families work extended hours by increasing the hours of care available in Air Force licensed Family Child Care Homes. To be eligible for this program, at least one parent must be a member of the U.S. military service, either active-duty or reserve or guard member on active duty; dual employed (married to civilian); or Defense Department civilian employee. Parents are required to work mission related duty beyond the standard 40-hour workweek. If you are interested in the Extended Duty Child Care Program please contact the Family Child Care Office at 301-981-2025/9976 for further details.


Family Child Care Program
Far From a Simple Babysitting Service, Family Child Care provides parents an alternative to center-based childcare programs. The program provides care for families that need full-time, part-time, hourly, evening and weekend care, care for children with special needs, infants and school-age children, care during swing and midnight shifts and extended duty care. FCC is in-home care provided by an adult family member occupying government quarters on Andrews AFB or in Summerfield housing. Both the individual providing services and the occupied quarters are certified by the family childcare office and other base agencies. Each home is monitored on an unannounced monthly basis by the family childcare coordinator. There are also unannounced visits by representatives from fire, safety, public health and other related base agencies. FCC is another quality option for child care needs.

FCC is also an excellent employment opportunity for those family members who would like to earn extra income while remaining at home.

For additional information regarding Family Child Care, either as a means of childcare or as employment, contact the FCC office at 301-981-9982.


Expanded Child Care Programs
Our Expanded Child Care programs, under the auspices of FCC, helps with mission readiness. FCC supports those assigned to AAFB as previously outlined under "Priority". For more information, call the FCC office at 301-981-9982.


Returning Home Care
Returnees from a 30-day or more OPERATION Enduring Freedom or Global War On Terrorism deployment or have a two week R&R, this program can help reduce stress and readjust. The Returning Home Care Program offers deployed parents up to 16 hours of free child care per child under this unique Expanded Child Care Program. Eligible users are Active Duty members, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members assigned to or living on the installation. The care is provided in the Extended Duty Care FCC homes. For more information, call the FCC office at 301-981-9982.


LOCATE
LOCATE is a free service that provides childcare referrals for off base child care options. They are open 9:00 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Thursday. For information, call 301-772-8400/8420.


School Age Programs
This program is nationally accredited by the National School-Age Care Alliance and offers the highest quality programming for school age children. Affiliation with Boys and Girls Clubs of America further enhances the activities and programs available to the youth of Andrews AFB.

Air Force School Age Programs provide safe, enriching, supervised environments for children and youth during out of school time. Individual interests, experiences, abilities and needs guide the programming.

Children have the right to be heard, listened to and influence decisions. We promote experiences and opportunities that enhance rather than duplicate the school day.

The program is located in the Youth Center, 4700 Yuma Road. The program offers childcare for school age children (before school, after school and during school holidays and summer vacation). The program follows the Prince George's County public school schedule throughout the year. When the county school system is closed for administrative closures such as parent conferences, teacher's in-service days, spring break and Christmas vacation, full day care is also available.
The before and After School Program is open to school age children in first through sixth grade. Due to demand and limited space a priority system has been established identical to the priorities for the child development programs.

Activities are available in five different classrooms (library/computer lab/homework, creative arts, dramatic play/building, gymnasium and playground). Clubs include drama, track, jujitsu, KNBA and dance. Homework assistance is provided through a BGCA program "Power Hour". A Summer Day Camp program is offered for children entering first grade through 12 years of age. Summer Day Camp is an exciting, fast paced, fun filled program. For more information, call 301-981-KIDZ (5430)


(Last updated February, 2010)



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