Child Development Center
1305 Fitzgerald Blvd., Bldg. 6457
661-275-TOTS (8687) or DSN 525-8687
Hours: Open Monday through Friday; hours of operation are 6:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is closed for all AFMC family days and federal holidays.
The Child Development Center, in the housing area, provides developmental care for children 6 weeks to 6 years old, as well as children attending kindergarten. Hourly care and part-day enrichment programs are available. The center participates in the Give Parents a Break program for deployed spouses, as well as families needing a break. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks are served on a daily basis. New standardized menus were implemented Oct. 1, 2018. All menus are in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines.
Eligibility and priority are established through AFI 34-144. Active-duty members, DOD civilians, dual-employed families, single families, dual-military couples and those attending school full-time are given priority. Requests for care are done through registration at MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC).
The practices of Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. The centers support the development of the whole child, meaning all areas of development are considered interrelated and equally important. The program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers and caring adults. The program respects each child’s unique interests, experiences, abilities and needs, thus allowing it to be responsive to and appropriate for each child. Children are valued as individuals, as well as part of a group. Likewise, the program respects and supports the ideals, cultures and values of families in their task of nurturing children. The center advocates for children, families and the early childhood professionals within their programs.
Early Learning Matters (ELM) Curriculum
The curriculum was created by Purdue University, has been adopted and supported by DOD-USDA Partnership for Military Families and will be implemented in the 3- to 5-year-old classrooms in October 2018. The younger age groups, 6 weeks to 2 years, will adopt the new curriculum in January 2019. The new curriculum will provide the teachers with sequenced activities that are aligned with children’s developmental paths and a learning-focused environment with age-appropriate materials. It will sensitively build on children’s knowledge, skills and interests. It will provide a range of developmentally appropriate strategies to promote meaningful learning throughout the day by respectfully recognizing family cultures in all practices.
The foundation skills for our 3- to 5-year-olds are:
• Creative Expression
Family Child Care Program
24 Lathrop Drive, Bldg. 5210
661-275-9647 or DSN 525-9647
Office hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Edwards Family Child Care program offers an alternative option for quality child care in a home environment. Licensed providers are trained in early child development, pediatric first aid, CPR, food handling and other related areas. Prior to licensing, a prospective provider is given orientation training and background screenings are conducted by the fire, health and safety departments. Additionally, the FCC coordinator conducts inspections to ensure that a home is ready to provide care. Once a month an unannounced inspection is conducted and monthly trainings are offered to ensure providers remain current in all areas of early childhood development.
A referral list of licensed providers is available through squadron first sergeants, the Family Child Care office, the Child Development Center, most services facilities and the Airman & Family Readiness Center. The referral list is also available on www.edwardsfss.com.
All persons providing child care in their home for more than 10 hours per week must be licensed. Applications and information on becoming a child care provider or personal assistance in finding quality in-home child care is available at the FCC office.
Free Child Care for Newcomers
A maximum of 20 hours of free child care per child is available through the Air Force Aid Society to parents of all ranks who are making a permanent change of station to or from Edwards. The child care is available within 60 days of arrival or departure and is provided by Family Child Care program providers. Parents may apply for child care by bringing a copy of their orders and a valid ID to the Airman & Family Readiness Center in Bldg. 5620. Call the center at 661-277-0723 or DSN 527-0723.
1100 Kincheloe Ave., Bldg. 7211
661-275-TEEN (8336) or DSN 525-8336
Hours: 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed on federal holidays.
The Teen Center is conveniently located just around the corner from Desert Junior-Senior High School. It is a great place for teens to go after school offering fun activities and events for teens, ages 13 to 18 that are still in high school. The teen center provides a relaxed atmosphere for students to do their homework, socialize, and play video games, pool, ping pong and much more.
The Teen Center has an affordable snack bar that offers teens a well-deserved snack after school.
The Teen Center is affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H offering many BGCA, 4-H and Air Force programs, such as lock-ins, cooking club, drama club, photography club, art club, robotics, fashion design, music lessons, just to name a few.
The Keystone Club, a Boys & Girls Club of America sponsored program, provides teens age 14 to 18 leadership opportunities within the base community. The club has four primary focus areas: community service, career preparation, academic success and teen outreach. The club also participates in many fundraising activities to support its participation in an annual national conference in the early spring.
The Youth of the Year Program is another BGCA initiative that recognizes teens age 14 to 18 for overall excellence. Each teen selected will represent their individual club in state, regional and national competitions. BGCA award winners may receive up to $100,000 in scholarships for their college plans.
Teen Sponsorship, run in coordination with the Airman & Family Readiness Center, helps teens moving to Edwards more quickly adjust. Incoming teens are matched to an Edwards’ teen to receive information on base life from a peer’s perspective before arriving.
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds.
Participants earn bronze, silver and gold Congressional Award certificates and bronze, silver and gold Congressional Award medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas:
• Volunteer public service
• Personal development
• Physical fitness
• Expedition and exploration
The Teen Center’s School of Music offers lessons in piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and voice. Other instruments are available too, at all levels (beginner, intermediate and advanced).