CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS
The Child Development Center is at 6250 Sunflower Drive, off Pine Loop, in the Pine Valley housing area. It maintains two separate centers, encompassing several programs with a variety of services for parents and the early developmental needs of children 6 weeks through 5 years old. The second center is at 5150 Community Center Drive and maintains the preschool program for children ages 3 to 5. Both centers offer the hourly care program, which is designed for children of parents not in need of full-day services.
Both centers adhere strictly to guidelines set by the Air Force, including caregiver-child ratios, staff training programs and nutritional requirements ensuring the well-being of each child. Catering to the needs of the individual child, the center places children in four age groups to match their developmental levels.
Development programs are designed to meet the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of all children and to give them the protection and security they need while away from their parents. Age-appropriate activities include creative art, music, story time, language, dramatic play, large and small motor activities and special field trips. There are well-equipped playgrounds at both centers.
The center participates in the Adult and Child Care Food Program from the Colorado Department of Health, which ensures children have nutritious meals during their stay. It also supervises a family home child care program, with a potential of 15 licensed homes at the Academy. This program participates in the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program and provides quality activities for children and youth.
Parents are invited to visit the centers to talk with the director and teachers about their children and the overall Child Development Center program.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
6250 Sunflower Drive
5150 Community Center Drive
The Academy has two libraries open to base personnel, one in the Community Center and the other in the Cadet Area.
The base library in the Community Center serves the educational and professional needs of base personnel and families as well as the Preparatory School with online resources, CAC access computers and a variety of language programs. It has a collection of more than 31,000 items, including subscriptions for more than 60 periodicals and newspapers. The base library sponsors weekly story times, summer reading programs and other activities developed to serve all ages of family members and to support continuing education opportunities for military personnel. All DOD ID card holders may check out materials from the base library.
The McDermott (or Cadet) Library, at the north end of Fairchild Hall, is a major academic library housing more than 1.8 million items, including nearly 1,000 research journals, more than 50 online subscription databases, a special collections and Academy Archives area, a partial U.S. government documents depository, and an extensive microfilm and microfiche collection.
COMMUNITY CENTER LIBRARY
AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER
The Airman & Family Readiness Center provides services for both single and married Air Force members and their families, all aimed at boosting productivity and mission readiness. A full-time Airman & Family Readiness Center staff manages programs and services directly related to readiness. The Airman & Family Readiness Center is in Pine Valley, adjacent to the Child Development Center and temporary lodging facilities.
Programs and services include:
- Deployment planning and support.
- Personal financial readiness.
- Personal and work life skills development.
- Relocation assistance.
- Employment assistance.
- Volunteer resources.
- Military child education information.
- Exceptional Family Member support.
- Transition assistance.
- Air Force Aid Society.
- Casualty assistance and survivor benefit services.
ACADEMY SCHOOL DISTRICT 20
There are two schools on the United States Air Force Academy, both operated by Academy School District 20. Air Academy High School accommodates grades nine through 12. Douglass Valley Elementary has kindergarten through fifth grades. Students in middle school attend classes off base at Eagleview Middle School.
The district does offer choice of enrollment during January and February. Families can choose a school other than their neighborhood school during the choice enrollment window.
Academy School District 20 offers support services for students with disabilities and students with special education needs. There are six preschools in the district and each elementary school offers before- and after-school day care. All new elementary school students are assessed when they register in Academy School District 20 so teachers have recent and accurate information about each student’s academic level.
FALCON TRAIL YOUTH CENTER
The Falcon Trail Youth Center is in the Community Center and features a gymnasium, a gymnastics balcony, a dance studio, an art room, television rooms, a computer center, a music room, an activities room, a snack bar and game tables. The Falcon Trail Youth Center conducts a well-rounded program with activities geared toward family members ages 6 to 18.
Classes are offered in gymnastics, piano, dance, tennis, swimming, acrobatics, driver’s education and more. The center conducts an extensive youth sports program with year-round activities in hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, T-ball, inline hockey, indoor soccer, swimming and sports camps. Special activities include ski trips, field trips, outdoor recreation and concerts, among others.
A before- and after-school program and summer day camp is offered along with programs during school holiday breaks. These varied activities include games, arts and crafts projects, and field trips. Day-camp programs are ideal for working parents with young children. An extensive teen program is available to eligible teenagers of the Air Force Academy.
The center is a United Way organization and is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. All Boys & Girls Clubs members in the Colorado Springs area may participate in youth center sports.
ACADEMY FORCE DEVELOPMENT FLIGHT
Vast arrays of educational opportunities exist in Colorado Springs for military members and their families. At least 20 institutions — from colleges and universities, to business and trade schools — operate numerous postsecondary programs within a short drive of the Academy.
Education specialists offer advice on:
- Degree programs.
- Goal setting.
- Financial support for education.
- Other educational opportunities and programs.
- Course selection.
- Obtaining transcripts.
- Interpreting test results.
- A host of other education-related activities.
Counselors offer help with:
- Commissioning programs.
- Education deferments.
- Correspondence courses.
- Veteran’s education benefits.
- Other education programs and opportunities.
Services are available for adult family members as well as active-duty personnel and are provided at no cost. Access to the Kuder program, a computer-based guidance system and self-directed search, is also available at no cost, and is used to assess interests, attitudes, work values and abilities.
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
Appointments for counseling are strongly encouraged.
The Force Development Flight also assists with a variety of testing options to include Enlisted Professional Military Education, career development courses, and CLEP and DANTES.
Visit www.my.af.mil to visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center on the AF Portal.