AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER
The Airman & Family Readiness Center is the service organization for Air Force families and is the focal point for family matters.
The Air Force realizes there is a direct correlation between a member’s quality of life and their ability to successfully accomplish the mission. The A&FRC is open to all active-duty members and their families, as well as single military members, National Guard and Reserve members and their families when on active duty, retired military personnel and their families, and Department of Defense civilians. The A&FRC’s core function is matching individuals and families with the right resources to meet their specific needs. It also houses the following direct services:
- Information and Referral — assesses the needs of family members and links them with appropriate agencies. It also maintains a profile of base and community agencies.
- Personal Financial Management Program — offers information, education and personal financial counseling. The PFMP offers long-term solutions to financial problems.
- Air Force Aid Society — this nonprofit organization helps the Air Force take
care of its own in emergencies through interest-free loans and grants. The AFAS also offers education assistance.
- Employment Assistance — helps members and their families enhance their marketability and learn the skills and techniques needed for a successful job search.
- Volunteer Program — functions as the military community’s resource for basewide volunteer activity. Volunteers acquire skills to enhance personal and professional development.
- Relocation Assistance Program — provides a full range of relocation services, information and assistance to newly arriving personnel and to military members involved in or anticipating a permanent change of station move.
- Family Life Education — provides comprehensive family education and skills development programs, services and support groups that enable Air Force families to better adapt to the Air Force environment.
- Family Services Program — a volunteer program offering extra assistance to relocating families. They maintain information about military locations worldwide and maintain a supply of household items you may borrow when relocating.
- Transition Assistance Program — provides transition counseling, career planning, development of job search skills, and access to employment opportunities and information. Workshops, seminars and individual counseling sessions teach members how to convert Air Force skills to civilian equivalents and how to market these skills effectively.
- Readiness — plans and exercises responses to family mobility and deployment issues in contingency and real-world situations, and ensures members and their families receive coordinated support.
- Casualty and survivor benefit services.
- School Liaison — provides information and resources to families with school-age children.
- Exceptional Family Member Program and Family Support Coordinator — provides information and resources to families with special needs.
For more information about A&FRC programs, call 520-228-5690.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Davis-Monthan has two child development centers: The D-M CDC, which serves 200 children, and the Dorothy H. Finley CDC, which can accommodate 312 children. Both centers are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and care for children from infancy to 5 years old.
The CDCs focus on developmentally appropriate practices and promote cognitive, physical, social and emotional development for each child. Both facilities are on Comanche Street, just west of the commissary. Fees are on a sliding scale, based on total family income.
The centers are open 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and offer drop-in care on a space-available basis. They also offer special events like Give Parents a Break and Parents’ Day Out.
Parents can also enroll their children in a part-day preschool program for 3- to 5-year-olds. For more information on the preschool program, call the D-M CDC at 520-228-3336.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
The base’s successful Family Child Care program includes licensed on-base and affiliated off-base child care homes. Information about current FCC providers, on base and in the local community, is available 24/7 on the outside of the FCC office, Building 2555, at 3245 S. 10th St. (corner of Tenth Street and Davenport, across the street from Burger King).
Family Child Care provides quality, affordable and available child care for military families in safe and secure homes. FCC providers can care for up to six children ages 2 weeks to 12 years, including their own under the age of 8; of those six children only two can be younger than 2 years old.
FCC providers receive comprehensive training, guidance and support, and homes are inspected regularly to assure that they meet or exceed Department of Defense requirements. FCC maintains an extensive lending library for its providers, with a full range of toys, educational materials and child care equipment.
FCC also offers various programs to assist military families. Some of the programs offered are:
- Free PCS child care (20 hours) within 60 days of PCS arrival or departure date.
- Returning Home Care, which offers free care for up to 16 hours per child to Airmen returning from deployment.
- Subsidies, which reduce child care costs for families on the CDC’s waiting list for children younger than 3, children with special needs, and children requiring care during swing and midnight shifts.
Call the FCC offices at 520-228-2201 for more information. Customer service hours are 8 to 11 a.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday or by appointment.
The Family Advocacy Program is the focal point for responding to family conflict. Through its family maltreatment component, the program seeks to prevent, identify, assess and treat significant levels of conflict that could potentially lead to spouse or child abuse. The outreach and prevention component provides life enhancement skills to prevent family maltreatment and to increase positive participation in the family system. Services such as the New Parent Support Program, parenting classes and domestic conflict groups are available. The Exceptional Family Member Program helps active-duty members and their families minimize the issues related to living with a child with a disability. Any family member with a special need — any ongoing medical, educational, mental or physical handicap — is required by regulation to be enrolled in EFMP.
The Davis-Monthan Family Advocacy Office can be reached at 520-228-2104.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
The American Red Cross, 4601 E. Broadway Blvd., supports military members and their families 24/7. Services include sending messages to commands regarding family emergencies, counseling for personal and family problems, and reporting on health and welfare conditions of service members and their families. The Red Cross also assists with financial emergencies for family members of deployed service members. In addition to teaching first aid and CPR skills, baby-sitting, and HIV and AIDS awareness, the American Red Cross also sponsors blood drives throughout southern Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. For assistance or information on volunteer opportunities, call 520-318-6740.
SCHOOL OPTIONS FOR CHILDREN
The school liaison is in the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The liaison can provide up-to-date information about local schools, as well as act as an advocate for families needing assistance.
Frank Borman Elementary School, part of the Tucson Unified School District, provides education from kindergarten through fifth grade on Davis-Monthan. The school also offers special education classes.
Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is a public charter school on base, serving students in grades six through 12. In 2006, the Tucson Unified School District consolidated two public elementary schools on the base and returned the vacated property to DMAFB. With military families wishing to have their children attend school on the base, the vacated property provided a perfect opportunity to open an alternative option for middle school education. A Charter School Working Group held town hall meetings with base families to find out what they were looking for in a good school. After a year of working on the project, the CSWG team was awarded for their initiative in the opening of one of the first charter schools located on an Air Force base.
In August 2009, the Sonoran Science Academy middle school opened. In its first year, student aptitude in all three grades registered saw increases of 46 percent in reading, 53 percent in writing and 60 percent in math. The school is accredited by the North Central Association Commission and is recognized as an “A” school by the Arizona Department of Education. Sonoran Science Academy Davis-Monthan is managed by Sonoran Schools, whose educational model is nationally acclaimed, with its high school in near northwest Tucson ranked in the top 50 high schools in the nation. Sonoran Schools focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and college preparation. The schools have small class sizes, high academic and behavioral expectations, free after-school tutoring and extracurricular activities, and actively encourage parent and community involvement.
Middle school students living on base may attend TUSD’s Naylor Middle School for grades six through eight. On-base high school students may attend TUSD’s Palo Verde High School. Busing is provided for all secondary students living on base.
Children living off base can attend one of the district’s 75 elementary schools, 21 middle schools and 11 high schools, as well as 14 alternative education programs.
Tucson has 27 parochial schools, representing Catholic, Hebrew, Episcopalian, Jewish, Lutheran and Seventh-day Adventist faiths. They accept students from the first through the 12th grades. Additionally, there are more than 100 private schools in Pima County providing curricula for elementary through college-preparatory students. For more information, call the Pima County School Superintendent’s Office at 520-740-8451 or visit www.tusd1.org.
The Davis-Monthan Youth Center, an affiliated Boys & Girls Club, is in Building 6000 and features activities for youth from ages 9 to 18. The facility includes a game room, multipurpose and computer room, full-size gymnasium, snack bar and more.
The youth center hosts dances, field trips, and arts and crafts events and includes an outdoor program. Various instructional classes for youth are available.
The youth center offers many individual and team sports and activities, including a First Steps program for children 3 to 4 years old.
SCHOOL AGE PROGRAM AND BEFORE- AND AFTER-SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP
The School Age Program is in Building 6006 and is accredited by the National After School Association. It offers care for children in first through sixth grades. Transportation is provided to and from Borman Elementary School and collaborates to provide transportation to and from Vail District schools as well.
The program operates from 6:30 to 8:15 a.m. and from 2 to 5:30 p.m. during the academic year. All-day care is provided on nonschool days and early dismissal days. A full-day camp program is offered in the summer. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are served in accordance with USDA guidelines.
Fees for this program are based on total family income. Space is limited. For more information, call 520-228-8206.