Travis AFB Community
Travis has three Child Development Centers, which are all accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Only 7 percent of early childhood programs nationwide have achieved this recognition, all three are among the few with this accreditation in Northern California.
The centers provide developmental and educational care for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Child development is available for dependents of active-duty military and Department of Defense civilians on a first-come, first-served basis. The centers use a reservation system to better meet the needs of as many parents and children as possible. Child care fees are aligned with the military pay day to help families better manage their finances.
Each child must have an Air Force Form 1181 (Emergency Care) and a United States Department of Agriculture form on file at the center for admission to the preschool. It is the parent’s responsibility to keep all records updated. Each child must have reached his or her third birthday before admission to the preschool program. Full-time preschool classes are offered for children 3, 4 and 5 years old. Before- and after- school care is also available for kindergartners.
Fees for all care are based on total family income and verification of income is required.
CDC 1 is located on Illinois Street in Building 665, CDC 2 is located on Illinois Street in Building 668, and CDC 3 is located on Upson Street in Building 7690. For more information, call CDC 1 at (707) 424-0341, CDC 2 at (707) 424-5400, and CDC 3 at (707) 437-0553. Also visit www.TravisFss.com for more information.
Family Child Care
Parents who prefer family-style child care for their children also have that option available at Travis. The Family Child Care program, which has its offices in Building 380B, 510 Airlift Drive, Room 122, has a network of providers at Travis who offer quality child care. In addition to weekday care, some of these homes provide before- and after-school care, weekend care and overnight care for active-duty parents who go TDY.
These home environments have a child-to-caregiver ratio that is much lower than the CDCs.
Every FCC provider at Travis is licensed by the Air Force and has completed a mandatory training process, a rigorous review of records and security inspections by several base agencies. Personal training in various areas of child development, nutrition, safety, fire prevention, first aid and CPR are also mandatory. The FCC program also sponsors the United States Department of Agriculture Food Program for all providers to ensure nutritious meals and snacks for children in family child care.
Monitoring of FCC homes at Travis is a partnership between the parent, the FCC provider and the licensing agency. It is against Air Force regulations to provide full-time child care in base housing without a license. For more details, call the FCC office at (707) 424-4596 or (707) 424-8104, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Private Child Care
More options are available beyond base-provided services for child care. If you register at www.care.com , you will receive information and lists of individuals who provide private care. This site also includes a list of private tutors and can also aid you in finding individuals who also take care of pets if you will be gone for extended periods of time.
Private providers can also be found using the local newspapers. Depending on the area in which you live, visit either www.dailyrepublic.com or www.thereporter.com or call the Airman & Family Readiness Center at (707) 424-2486.