CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
Providing more than full-day child care, the Child Development Center promotes active learning programs for children age 6 months to 5 years and has a vested interest in Hurlburt’s future, our children. The physical environment protects the children and supports a developmental program. Developmentally appropriate activities promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children. An adequate number of adults are provided to protect the health and safety of children, implement the developmental program and provide quality interactions to promote children’s wellbeing and development. The staff has the qualifications and training required to protect the health and safety of children and provide a program of developmentally appropriate activities. Meals and snacks are provided and served in a pleasant way to meet the children’s nutritional needs and promote good eating habits. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in the center. Fees for this program are based on a sliding scale for total family income. In addition to full-day care, part-day preschool, hourly care and surge care are also available. The hours of operation are 6:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (850) 884-6937.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
Base housing residents can start a rewarding career that will allow them to earn an income and shape the future of the next generation as licensed Hurlburt Field family child care providers. Family Child Care (FCC) is an alternative to the Child Development Center for families that need full-time care,evening care, weekend care, care for children with special needs, infants and school-age children, and care during swing- and mid-shifts. For more information, call (850) 581-1207.
EXTENDED DUTY CARE
Extended duty care is provided for military or DoD civilian members who need care beyond the member’s regular 50-hour per week child care arrangements. Examples are working late, working weekends, experiencing a shift change or are called in to support a deployment. FCC providers will pick the children up at (or take them to) their regular child care arrangements on base. This is a FREE program. For more information, call (850) 581-1207.
RETURNING HOME CARE
Military members returning from a deployment are granted 16-hours of free care to spend time with spouses and catch up on family duties. For more information, call (850) 581-1207.
FCC for PCS
Families may use 20-hours of family child care within 60 days before the family’s departure from a base and 60 days after arriving at the new base, which will be paid for by the AF Aid society through the Child Care for PCS program. This program is open to all ranks. For more information, call (850) 884-6830.
FCC for VOLUNTEERS
The Air Force Aid Society provides funding for child care in FCC homes for volunteers who are engaged in supporting programs that benefit the Air Force community. This is a free program. For more information, call (850) 884-6830.
CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE FOR
FAMILIES OF SEVERELY INJURED MILITARY FAMILIES
A recent initiative sponsored by DoD provides families of severely injured military members with assistance to find and pay for safe, licensed child care services for a period of six months during their period of recuperation. (Extensions beyond the six-month period are considered based upon physician reassessment.) Family Member Programs staff works with the National Association for Child Care Resource and Referral to assist families in locating care. The program is available nationwide wherever the injured member is receiving either in-patient or out-patient medical care and allows the spouse to be at bedside or to help with outpatient medical appointments. DoD provides a financial offset to the civilian child care fees during the recovery period. More information is available on the NACCRRA website.