Child Development Center
7205 North 137th Avenue
Luke AFB, AZ 85309-1523
Phone 623-856-6338 / 623-856-6339
Phone (DSN) 312-896-6338
Fax (DSN) 312-896-0378
Mon - Fri 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat and Sun - closed
Holidays - closed
Child Development Center (CDC)
- The newly expanded Child Development Center (CDC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The CDC has numerous activities, to both entertain and assist your child's learning in a safe, supervised environment.
- Whether your child is six weeks old or five years of age, the CDC provides a quality care program to assist you. The child development program was established to meet the needs of working parents by providing a safe, developmental program that provides a variety of activities including independent and organized group play.
- The CDC's activity centers include reading, manipulative play, music, painting, water play, and sand tables. Weather permitting, children may play outside on playground equipment. The Center also provides breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.
- Types of Care
- Full-time care and drop-in hourly care are available at the Luke CDC. Reservations are required for hourly drop-in care that is offered on a space available basis. Drop in care is not available for newborn children through 6 months of age. The center also has an active sublet program for parents seeking temporary care.
- Special Needs
- AFI 34-248, Child Development Programs, defines children with "special needs" as those with physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one of more major life activities, has a record of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment.
- Child Development programs are authorized to accept these children under certain conditions. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) of any child diagnosed with a special need is required. Determination of special need must be made by the CDC Medical Advisor and Center Management. A child with special health problems or handicaps will be admitted with the written concurrence of the Medical Advisor. A written plan of care developed jointly by medical personnel, special education professionals, child development staff, and parents must be on file and followed for each child designated as having special needs.
- Active duty military (single parent, dual military) and DoD civilians assigned to Luke AFB whose spouses work full-time or go to school full-time have first priority. However, if the above status changes and the spouse is not working or attending school on a full-time basis the patron has two months to acquire full-time status in either employment or school. If this is not accomplished in two months, you will have to give up your child's slot at the Center.
- To ensure your child's enrollment at the Center, all forms must be completed and your child's immunizations must be up-to-date. Documents necessary to complete your child's registration:
- Enrollment/Emergency Form (AF Form 1181)
- Completed, up-to-date Immunization Record
- Signed Contract Package
- Family Care Plan AF 357
- Rates are based on total family income. If the child is not living with the parent which is the sponsor, the total income of the household in which the child is living, exclusive of child support, is used to determine total family income. Drop-in care is $4 per hour, per child, and a minimum of two hours will be charged each visit. After the first two hours, the rates are broken down into half-hour increments.
- Waiting List
- Luke CDC does have a waiting list. A DD Form 2606 is filled out to place your child on the list. If you are called by the Center staff when there is space available for your child, you will have only 48 hours to respond. If you haven't responded within 48 hours or refuse services, you will be removed from the waiting list. If you wish to remain on the waiting list, you will need to fill out another DD Form 2606, and you will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
- The CDC uses the waiting list and eligibility criteria to determine placement. Special circumstances would be determined on a case by case basis.
- Hours of Operation
- The CDC is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Our programs are closed on all Federal holidays and down days as directed by the base. The Center is open for exercises as directed by the Squadron Commander. The CDC is in Bldg 1119. For more information please call 623-856-6339, 623-856-6338, DSN 312-896-6339, or DSN 312-896-6338.
- Family Child Care (FCC)
- The Family Child Care (FCC) Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years. These self-employed providers operate their home independently in compliance with strict Air Force policies, including frequent inspections and close monitoring by the Family Child Care staff. Extensive background screening and orientation training must be completed prior to licensing. Full time, part time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school age care is available. For more information, call the Family Child Care Office at 623-856-7472 or DSN 312-896-7472, Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The office is located at 1609 Mohave. Currently, Luke AFB has 10 licensed FCC homes.
- School Age Program (SAP)
- The Youth Center assists active duty personnel and DoD civilians by offering a safe learning environment for youths ages 6 to 18. Located in Building 1143 near Fowler Park, the Youth Center is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs. For additional information, call 623-856-7470, 623-856-7471, DSN 312-896-7470, or DSN 312-896-7471.
- Continuing programs include homework assistance, computer resource, job referral, community service projects, youth transition programs, social programs, sports programs, instructional classes, before-and-after school programs, summer and holiday camp programs.
- Respite Care
- The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) Respite Care Program is intended for active duty Air Force families who have a family member with special needs. The goal of the program is to provide a "break" for a few hours a week or month to families who have the responsibility of 24 hour a day care for an ill or disabled family member. This person may be a child, spouse, or parent living in the household.
- AFAS Assistance for respite is based on need -- the need for respite time, as well as financial need, and is always given as a grant. Families with a special needs family member who have the financial means to pay for care should do so. Our program is intended to assist those who cannot afford it and would otherwise never get a "break".
- Families are referred to the Air Force Aid Society for respite care through the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) or the Family Advocacy Office.