The practices of Hurlburt Field's Child Development Program are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. The program's goal is to support the whole child. We facilitate children's learning in all areas of development as all aspects are inter-related and equally important. Our program embraces that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers, and caring adults. We respect each child's unique interests, experiences, abilities, and needs. This allows us to be responsive to and appropriately focused on each child's unique learning style and needs. Likewise, our program respects and supports ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children. We advocate for children, families, and the early childhood professionals within our program.
Hurlburt has three child development centers; two located at the front gate and one near the back gate with a total capacity for enrollment of 520 child care spaces.
Program Goals for Children:
- Develop initiative and decision-making skills
- Foster positive identity and sense of emotional well-being
- Enhance social skills
- Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment
- Promote language and literacy development
- Build physical development and skills
- Support sound health, safety, and nutritional practices
- Advance creative expression, representation, and appreciation for the arts
- Appreciate and respect cultural diversity
Full time care -- Full day care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Families PCSing to Hurlburt may submit a request for care by faxing a completed DD Form 2606 Request for Care Record to the CDC West at 850-884-5154 or emailing it to 1SOFSS.FSFC@hurlburt.af.mil. Please include a copy of your PCS orders. Upon receipt, requests for care will be placed on the waiting list according to our priority system.
Hourly care -- Available for children ages 6 weeks to 5 yrs when absences of full time children are known in advance.
Slot Leasing (based on availability) -- for short term or long term care when a regular full-time patron is out of the program (for children 6 weeks - 5 yrs). A leasing book with parent contact information is maintained at the front desk of each CDC. Please contact the parent that owns the space to coordinate care and payment. The CDC will maintain all registration paperwork and shot records.
Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten -- Provider for children 4-5 yrs old. Children must be 4 yrs old before 1 September of each school year. There is no cost to families enrolled in this program. Please see the Florida Early Learning Coalition website for more information about this program.
Give Parents-A-Break Program -- Give Parents-A-Break Program is free child care offered one Saturday a month in conjunction with the Youth Center for children ages 6 months to 12 years. This program sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society is offered for families experiencing stress or when a spouse is deployed. Eligible families should contact the Hurlburt AFRC for a certificate of care.
Hours of Operation
The Centers are open 6:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Closed on all Federal Holidays.