The Child Development Center is equipped to care for children from 6 weeks to 8 years old. There is also an enrichment program available for pre-school children ages 3 to 5 years old. Hourly care is available with reservation from ages 1 to 5 years old. There are a variety of payment options available. Normal hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. for children 6 months to 5 years old. For children 6 weeks to 6 months old, the hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CDC is closed weekends and holidays. For more information, call (940) 676-2038.
Family Home Day Care
The Family Child Care offers care for children of active-duty and retired military members, DoD and NAF employees and contractors. Programs offered for children 2 weeks to 14 years old are full-time, part-time, drop-ins, infant, evenings, weekends, extended duty, volunteer and PCS. The program is administered through the family day care coordinator. It provides licensed child care in base housing units under Air Force guidance and training programs. The 82nd Mission Support Group commander grants the privilege to people in base housing who want to provide service to other Air Force families. For more information, call (940) 676-9022/9023.
Airmen and Family Readiness Center
The Airmen and Family Readiness Center, located in Building 962 at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I, serves as a focal point for helping military members and their families adapt to the Air Force way of life. The A&FRC assists all deploying members in maintaining communication with their loved ones while they’re gone. The center offers the Hearts Apart Support Group and morale calls for the spouses left behind. The center provides an avenue for newly arriving spouses to learn about the base and the local communities through a monthly program tailored to military spouse. Other programs and services include financial counseling, budget preparation and working with creditors. The Transition Assistance Program is geared toward helping retirees and those separating from the service make the transition from the Air Force to civilian life. The A&FRC also operates the Career Focus Program, helping military spouses seek employment in the local area. Family Life Development classes help people cope with day-to-day problems, and the Air Force Aid Society provides funds for emergency situations as well as education assistance. The A&FRC assists all personnel with their PCS moves by providing a smooth class and SITES packages as well as video’s on all Air Force bases. The A&FRC helps military families with essential household items for short-term periods pending arrival of their household goods or just prior to departure from Sheppard. These items include such essentials as dish packs, cooking utensils, irons, ironing boards, futon mattresses and high chairs. Linens are not available. The A&FRC is open weekdays during normal duty hours. All services are free. Call (940) 676-4358 for information and assistance.
The Airman’s Attic is located in Building 962 on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I. Hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All items in the Attic are donated and are available free of charge to E-5 and below. Donated items include clothing for the entire family, uniforms, books, toys, household items and small appliances. Furniture items are not available through the Airman’s Attic due to lack of space. Call the Attic or the Airmen and Family Readiness Center at (940) 676-4358.
School on Base
Two school districts serve the three Sheppard housing areas. Freedom Estates children attend schools in the Burkburnett Independent School District. Kindergartners through sixth graders attend the John Tower Elementary School, within walking distance. Junior and senior high school students are bused to schools in nearby Burkburnett. Children residing in Wind Creek Village housing attend schools in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. Elementary students attend Sheppard Elementary School, located in the Wind Creek Village Housing area. Other students are bused to nearby Kirby Junior High School or Hirschi High School. Children living in Heritage Heights are bused to either the Wichita Falls or Burkburnett schools depending on the specific location of their assigned housing.
Madrigal Youth Center
Children of active-duty and retired military members, DoD and NAF employees can complete year-round programs of recreational, cultural, educational and social activities through the base youth programs. The center has a well-equipped gymnasium, game, computer, music, gymnastics and multi-purpose rooms. Programs are planned for youth ages 5 to 18, with some instructional classes and sports programs. Summer and school-age care programs are available for children age 6 through sixth grade. These include crafts, physical fitness activities, tours, bowling, skating, swimming and outdoor fun. The center is the hub of youth sports programs, including Little League baseball, T-ball, softball, flag football and basketball. Instructional classes include tap and ballet dance lessons, and piano. The School Age Care program recognizes the needs of working parents and their children and offers SAC as a year-round program. Youth Programs currently offers a before-and-after-school program, holiday summer day camps and day camps for elementary intercession. Parents can visit the facility and meet the staff before making decisions concerning child care. The program is open to all children in kindergarten through sixth grades for Sheppard, Kate Haynes and John G. Tower Elementary Schools only. The Youth Center office is open Monday through Friday, 10a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is closed weekends and holidays. The hours for open recreation during the school year are Monday through Friday, 3 to 6:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. There is no open recreation time on Sundays or holidays. For more information, call (940) 676-5437.
The Non-Appropriated Funds Human Resources Office provides job information to those interested in employment at Sheppard AFB. Positions range from recreation aids/assistants, child development program assistants, accounting technicians to food service workers, cooks and waitstaff, etc. A list of positions is posted in the NAF HR office. For more information, call (940) 676-6394. Sheppard’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center also has job-search assistance programs available, as well as a host of other resources for those seeking employment in the local area. It also operates the Transition Assistance Program for people separating from the service. A number of government contractors on base maintain additional personnel offices. Please call the Base Operator for their numbers. The Texas Workforce Commission, 4309 Jacksboro Highway, Suite 100, in Wichita Falls, can assist family members in obtaining either full- or part-time employment.