Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.
The Family Child Care Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years. These self-employed providers operate their home independently in compliance with strict Air Force policies, including frequent inspections and close monitoring by the Family Child Care staff. Extensive background screening and orientation training must be completed prior to licensing. Full time, part time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school age care is available, depending on the provider. Families may live in base housing or in the community.
A list of family child care providers residing is available at the Child Development Center, Youth Center, Airman & Family Readiness Center, and published in the Force magazine. For more information about family child care or on becoming a family child care provider, call 310-653-6802, DSN 312-633-6802.
A lending library is available for age-appropriate toys and books, and books and videos on child-rearing topics.