Joint Base Elmendorf – Richardson Community

Child and Youth Programs

Children's activity, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER

Warfighter and Family Services Flight provides an extensive Child and Youth Program for dependent children of authorized families.

Child Development Centers:

  • Denali, at 7377 15th St.
  • Katmai, at 7181 11th Ave.
  • Kodiak, at Bldg. 6, Chilkoot Ave.
  • Sitka, at 6376 15th St.
  • Talkeetna, at Bldg. 11, 2nd St.

All five centers have year-round programs and are equipped with large playgrounds, classrooms and kitchens used to serve breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks. All child development centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The centers, through the skills of caregivers using the highest quality child care, focus on development of the “whole child.” They provide many hands-on activities with an emphasis on child-initiated play experiences. The centers participate in the USDA food program and provide nutritious meals and snacks for the children. Infants are provided formula (specific brands only) and baby food through the food program. Reservations may be made at the centers for hourly and daily care on a space-available basis. Children with special needs are mainstreamed case-by-case into the child development programs, based on individual education plans.

A Part-Day Preschool Program is available for children 3 to 5 years old. For more information, call Kodiak Child Development Center at 907-384-1510.

For information on securing child care in one of the licensed Family Child Care homes on base, call the Family Child Care office at 907-552-3995. You can obtain the current list of licensed Family Child Care providers at several locations around the base including the Military & Family Readiness Centers, the Child Development Centers, the Arctic Oasis Community Center and the FCC office. The list is updated monthly. The FCC program is always in need of people who can provide care during weekends, evenings and swing shifts and care for children with special needs. If you are interested in becoming a licensed child care provider, call the FCC office for more information.

Youth Baseball Game, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, JBER


The JBER Youth Program mission is to assist DOD military and civilian personnel in balancing the competing demands of the accomplishment of the DOD mission and family life by managing and delivering a system of quality, available and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth. Active-duty military personnel and DOD civilians perform their duties more effectively and with confidence knowing that their children are in good care. Diversified Youth Programs provide opportunities for youth to develop their physical, social, emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognition.

All youth activities require a valid Youth Programs membership. In addition to paying the membership fee, the parent or guardian must complete a Youth Activities Application (AF Form 88) and/or applicable registration forms. Membership must be renewed annually.

Nonmembers may use Youth Programs facilities as a guest for a maximum of five visits before becoming a member. Guest passes are not valid during school holidays/breaks or special events; additional nonmember rates will apply for these activities.


  • Kennecott, at 6104 Carswell Ave.
  • Two Rivers, at 297 Sixth St.

JBER Youth Programs are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. Recreational and educational programming focuses on four core areas: sports, health, life skills and technology. The Teen Center Programs are located in the Youth Centers and offer leadership development, employment skills and service learning opportunities in a positive environment; the Kennecott Center’s sound-proof music center has been recently renovated.

Youth Sports and Instructional Programs are hosted in various locations throughout our joint base and include baseball, flag football, basketball, cheerleading, indoor and outdoor soccer, girls’ softball, gymnastics, dance and taekwondo. The Youth & Teen Center programs also include computer and internet access, opportunities to earn money for college, field trips, dances, specialized clubs, arts and crafts, photography, foreign language instruction, games, holiday activities, communitywide events and much more.


SAC Programs are a full-service child care program for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, providing service before and after-school hours. The School-Age Program adjusts to a full day program during winter, spring and summer breaks, and in-service days. The School-Age Programs offer a wide range of physical as well as quiet activities. Power Hour, homework assistance, library and computer labs are available. STEM programs, leisure and recreation, theater and arts programs are offered as well as fun field trips. There is something for all ages and interests.

Ketchikan School-Age Care Program is at 7163 11th St. on JBER-Elmendorf. Call 907-552-5091.

Illa School-Age Care Program is at Building 36100 on the corner of the Grady Highway and Arctic Valley Road on JBER-Richardson. Call 907-384-1068.


Outreach Services offers child care support services for families and agencies of the community. For safety and health purposes, children and youths of all ages must enroll before using this service.

Staff members are available to help parents determine which programs can best meet their family needs. For parents needing off-post child care, staff can offer information and referral services.

For information regarding enrollment procedures or any other OS information, call 907-384-7330. Children with special medical or educational concerns are referred to the Special Needs Assessment Accommodation Process before being allowed to attend CY programs. The primary function of the SNAP team is to ensure each child is placed in the environment that most appropriately meets all of his or her needs. Special emphasis is placed on providing consistent care for each child in a safe, healthy and nonrestrictive environment. Parents are invited to attend and participate in the team meeting scheduled to review the child’s needs. The EFMP coordinator and the Army Public Health nurse are integral members of this team.

Short-term alternate child care programs and special child care openings can be made available to meet the surge child care needs of the community. Surge care is provided when an excessive number of children need care during a specific time period, such as during a community meeting like the Army Family Action Plan conference or during a special unit function.

The OS director will work with the unit or agency to meet special unit child care needs during most functions, such as a unit ball or field day. For information, call the OS director at 907-384-7483.

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