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Back to school seminar prepares families


Student lockers are ready for use at the School Age Care Program classroom at the Child Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 16, 2018. SAC personnel and Schriever AFB helping agencies are offering a back to school seminar to help prepare Airmen and their families for the approaching school season in the Schriever event center July 25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)


Children assemble art during a summer School Age Care Program class in the Child Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, July 16, 2018. The summer program is slotted to end as the beginning of the school year approaches; CDC/SAC personnel advise parents get a head start registering their children as soon as possible. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class William Tracy)


Helping agencies, local community school representatives and other organizations will host a back to school seminar 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the event center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado,  July 25.

For children and parents, the beginning of the school season may usher in thoughts of bagged lunches, report cards, homework, as well as early mornings, late evenings and hectic schedules.

Gary Hernandez, Schriever School Age Care Program coordinator with the 50th Force Support Squadron, said the event ensures Airmen and their families are prepared for the school season.

“We want to highlight what the SAC and Child Development Center does as well as provide details on other programs,” he said. “Our job is to provide quality educational enrichment and care.”

The event will feature resource tables, such as an Airman and Family Readiness Center and Youth Military and Family Life Counselor/Exceptional Family Member Program information table, a table for Ellicott School District 22 parents to register their children (as well as representatives from Ellicott preschool, elementary, middle and high school), a school bus safety and K-9 demonstration and a U.S. Air Force Academy Falcon display.

Additionally, the 21st Medical Squadron clinic has set aside appointments on the 25th for school physicals, helping families get an early start on medical requirements.

Gary emphasized the importance for District 22 parents to register their children early on and the unique support the SAC and CDC provides for the Ellicott community.

“Ellicott does not have school on Friday, so we focus on the program support we can provide for children at that time,” he said. “Our calendar coincides closely with the district.”

Andrea Hernandez, A&FRC community readiness consultant with the 50th FSS, shared advice on how parents can communicate with their child effectively as the school season approaches.

“Communication is key,” she said. “Parents can ask what their child is excited about in the upcoming school year and address what their child might be worried about.  Make shopping for school supplies a special event, and allow your child to pick a couple of individual items such as a fun notebook or pen.”


The event continues last year’s trend of providing information and support for families beyond the registration process.

“We continue to offer this event so parents and children can come in and understand how the facility works,” Gary said.

He added that aside from the back to school seminar, all parents registering their children at the CDC will receive an introductory orientation.

While the back to school season may be a strain to some parents, Andrea said Schriever AFB helping agencies and local community members are happy to help lend a hand.

“Going back to school can be a stressful time, especially transitioning from elementary to middle school or middle school to high school,” she said. “The intent is to help parents and kids get excited about the upcoming school year in a fun way.”

For more information on CDC/SAC programs, call the Schriever Child and Youth Program at 567-4742.

To register your child online, go to

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