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Hanscom Air Force Base

Bedford, Massachusetts

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Childcare




Child Development Center
1 McGauley Way
Building 1994
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731

Phone 781-225-6129
Phone (DSN) 312-845-6129
Fax 781-225-2620
Fax (DSN) 312-845-2620

Mon – Fri 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Sat – closed 
Sun – closed 
Holidays – closed

Child Care

Child Development Center (CDC)

The Hanscom CDC offers DoD Certified and NAEYC Accredited Child Development Programs. We accept children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Currently, there are waiting lists for all ages at the CDC.

Hours of Operation -- The CDC is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Programs Offered -- Following is a list of programs available:

  • Full Time Care - This program provides full-day child care services for children six weeks to five years. Contracts for Full Time Care are offered to parents on a space available basis according to waiting list priorities.
  • Hourly Care - Hourly Care is offered to eligible children on a space available basis and availability cannot be determined until 9:00 daily. Hourly Care is designed for children six weeks to five years of age who are not enrolled in full time care. This program is for parents who are in need of short-term and intermittent care for their children.

Registration -- To place your name on the waiting list prior to your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, visit your current CDC, fill out AF Form 2606, and fax or mail it to Hanscom's CDC along with a copy of your orders. Expectant parents may be placed on the waiting list during the sixth month of pregnancy with a doctor's note.

Fees -- are established annually by the Department of Defense according to the Military Child Care Act of 1989, and are based on total household income.

Eligibility -- DoD civilians are authorized to use this facility, and they are placed in the same category as military members.

Priority Care -- Categories for eligibility by priority are:

1) Active Duty Military/DoD Civilian single parent assigned to, working or housed on installation; 2) Dual Active Duty Military/DoD parents both assigned to or working on installation; 3.1) Active Duty Military/DoD civilian assigned/housed on Hanscom and other parent employed 20+ hours per week or in school full time and 3.2 (Active Duty Military/DoD civilian assigned/housed on Hanscom and unemployed/seeking for work spouse). 4) Active Duty/DoD single parent not assigned or housed on installation; 5.1) Active Duty Military/DoD Civilian not assigned/housed on installation and other parent employed 20+ hours per week or in school full time and 5.2 (Active Duty MilitaryDoD Civilian not assigned/housed on installation and unemployed/seeking for work spouse) ; 6) Reservists (priority only given during active duty/single parent; 7) Reservists, priority given only during active duty, other parent employed 20+ hours or full-time student; 8) DoD contractors assigned to installation; 9) Active Duty Military/DoD Civilian with non-working spouse who will need to find employment or enroll in school within 90 days.

Family Child Care (FCC)

Spouses living on base are encouraged to consider becoming licensed providers for the Family Child Care program.

This program offers an alternative to families who would like to offer their child to participate in a home like environment with smaller adult to child ratios. Providers are able to accommodate the various work schedules of parents by offering not only full time care, but part time care, drop-in services and weekend and evening care.

Providers receive extensive training in Child Development, Positive Guidance Techniques, CPR, First Aid, Health, Safety, Fire Prevention, Nutrition, Reporting of Child Abuse and Food Handling before obtaining a license. Additional monthly training is ongoing.

FCC Homes are monitored by the FCC Coordinator.

School Age Program (SAP)

Hanscom is proud to be a nationally accredited School Age program, through the Council of Accreditation.

Our program hours for summer/school breaks are 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. During the school year our Clubhouse hours are Mon, Tues, Thurs, & Fri, 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. AND Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Frontdesk hours are 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Registration and Costs -- A fee of $25 per child is required at the time of registration. Fees are established annually by the Department of Defense according to the Military Child Care Act of 1989, and are based on total household income.

Programs Offered -- Children who attend base schools may receive before/before-after/after school care through the School Age Program. Those children attending off base schools are able to attend if parents provide transportation to and from school to the program.

The SAP offers a full time summer camp in June, July, and August from 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Fees are based on a sliding scale established annually from guidelines from the Department of Defense. Camp Quest offers exciting themes, age appropriate activities, arts and crafts, games, music, physical fitness activities including swimming, bowling, miniature golf, and cook-outs and field trips.



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