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Schriever offers multiple child care options

Team Schriever members have a number of child care options available on-base. The Child Development Center and School Age Care program offer care for children age six weeks through 12 years. The Family Child Care provider offers care for children two weeks to 12 years in a home setting. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Brian Hagberg)

Team Schriever members have a number of child care options available on-base. The Child Development Center and School Age Care program offer care for children age six weeks through 12 years. The Family Child Care provider offers care for children two weeks to 12 years in a home setting. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Brian Hagberg)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

Team Schriever members in need of child care have several on-base options to choose from.

Members complete all registration requests for all providers through the Department of Defense’s new Military Child Care website.

“It’s a DOD site for families seeking child care,” said Mary Barkley, 50th Force Support Squadron Airmen and Family Services flight chief. “Parents will have the information at their fingertips.”

The Child Development Center on Hahn Avenue, just north of the shoppette, provides full-time and hourly care for children age six weeks through five years.

“The hours of operation at the CDC are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.,” Barkley said. “We are able to provide periodic hourly care. Although it’s not a guaranteed way to get child care, it is available.”

Hourly care is open on a space available basis.

Barkley said the hours of operation for the CDC are flexible and can be changed based on need. The 50th Force Support Squadron is currently conducting a needs survey; the survey’s purpose is to assess the child care needs of all Team Schriever members, not just those currently utilizing the CDC. 

“Really take the time to complete that, especially if you’re using child care off-base,” Barkley said. “We survey our own parents and then we find out, ‘We’re happy with the hours.’ We can only imagine what the need is. That is why the survey will be valuable, to determine what the true need is.

“There is flexibility with hours of operation if there is a true need,” she said. “It’s important to let us know what the need is (through the survey). If it looks like there is a little bit of a need, we can always extend our hours.”

Barkley said she has heard concerns about the “10-hour rule,” and wanted to be sure to point out that rule no longer exists.

“There’s no 10-hour rule anymore, it’s 12 hours,” she said. “We don’t encourage that . . . but if parents get stuck or whatever, they don’t have to make sure that they’re there at the 10th hour. They can be there the full 12-hour day.”

The School Age Care program, also located in the CDC building, is available to youth who have started kindergarten through age 12. The SAC program offers before and after school care, plus full-day care on Fridays for Ellicott District 22 students, delayed starts and snow days. The SAC also offers a full-day summer program from May through August.

Those looking for a home environment for child care can contact the Family Child Care provider.

“FCC is a home-based child care program,” said Holley Boone, Schriever FCC provider. “FCC offers children more one-on-one care because of the smaller number of children.

“FCC offers hourly, daily, part-time and full-time care,” she continued. “FCC also provides care for families that need care before and after the normal duty day and also for (Unit Training Assembly) weekends.”

FCC providers are subject to the same background checks as CDC staff. They also fall under U.S. Department of Agriculture food guidelines and are subject to regular inspections.

Finally, those looking for a day or evening out besides the monthly Give Parents a Break program can call the Airman and Family Readiness Center for a list of Safe Sitter-trained babysitters on base.

“We have had two Safe Sitter classes,” Barkley said. “We have babysitters in housing who are actually certified babysitters and we’ll continue to (offer those classes).”

For more information about the CDC or SAC, contact the CDC at 567-4742. For information about trained babysitters, or to register for the next Safe Sitter class, contact A&FRC at 567-3920. To complete the needs survey, click here.

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