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Shaw Air Force Base

Sumter, South Carolina

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Childcare


Child and Youth Registration
322 Laurel Street
Shaw AFB, SC 29152

Phone 803-895-2252/2251
Phone (DSN) 312-965-2252/2251
Fax 803-895-2254
Fax (DSN) 312-965-2254

Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Child Development Center (CDC)

*Shaw AFB Child Development Center offers programs conducted in a new "state of the art" facility. These programs meet Air Force certification standards and are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The center is located next to the Youth Center in the housing area.

*Programs Offered - Following is a list of some programs available at the CDC:

1. Full Day Care - This program offers full-time care, 10 hours per day, 50 hours per week. Care is offered Monday through Friday on a permanent basis. A contract is available to ensure continued enrollment at the center.

2. Hourly Care - Provided on a space available basis to those needing occasional care between the hours of 8 am until 4 pm. Ages for hourly care are 12 months to 5 years. Parents needing hourly care must call in advance to make reservations, which are based on availability. Hourly care patrons must follow specific guidelines available at the CDC.

*Costs - All Fees are in accordance with the Department of Defense guidelines and are based on Total Family Income (TFI). A sliding scale is used for fees. CDC fees cover quality child care, meals, and snacks which include (breakfast, lunch, afternoon, and evening snack).

*Eligibility - Child development programs are available for dependents of active duty military, Department of Defense Civilians and Non-Appropriated Fund Civilian Employees, on a first come, first serve basis.

*Registration -

Personnel relocating to Shaw AFB who have a need for Child Development Center (CDC) services can place their children on the waiting list using a DD Form 2606. Upon receipt of your orders, contact your local CDC for an application. Forward copy of orders and application to the Shaw CDC and your children go on the waiting list effective the date information is received.

 

Family Child Care (FCC)

*Family Child Care (FCC) is a profession for spouses who want to work at home, have the satisfaction of self-employment and the enjoyment of taking care of children. FCC providers are Air Force certified and licensed to care for children, 2 weeks through 12 years of age, in government quarters.

*This program expands the availability of child care and is an integral part of the Shaw AFB Child Development program, providing both weekly and occasional hourly care. Providers also assure flexibility for those parents who need extended hours and adapt their programs to meet the needs of customers including 24 hour and weekend care.

*For additional information, tour of homes or an updated listing of FCC providers, contact the FCC Coordinator at 803-895-1212.

School Age Program (SAP)

*The Youth Center provides age-appropriate programming for youth ages 5 through 12 before and after school, school in-service days, and full day camps during the summer and holiday breaks. Transportation is provided to and from schools that are located on or around the base. The School Age Program is Air Force certified, meets compliance standards under the USDA Food Service Program and is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA). The program is also affiliated with Boys & Girls Club of American (BGCA) and 4-H. Both entities have curriculum that offers character and leadership skills, high-yield learning activities, arts, education and career, health and life skills, and recreation. Children and youth also have opportunities to attend field trips and be involved in special projects and events.

*Costs -- Fees for these programs are based on total family income.

 

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.



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