The practices of the Schriever AFB Child Development Center are based on the current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. We are responsible to supporting the development of the whole child meaning all areas of development are considered inter-related and equally important. Our program acknowledges 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 which allows us to be responsive to each child’s individual needs and interests. Children are valued as individuals as well as part of a group. Likewise, our program respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children. We are advocates for children, families, and the early childhood professionals in our program.
- 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
- Develop initiative and decision-making skills
Inspections and Accreditation:
The Schriever AFB Child Development is certified through the Department of Defense Child Development Services. The programs certification is renewed annually after the unannounced DOD Inspection has been completed.
In addition, the CDC is accredited by National Association – Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The CDC goes through the accreditation renewal process every 5 years, and will receive unannounced verification visits within that 5 year period.
Childcare programs earn their accreditation and certifications by providing high quality childcare which provides a safe environment as well as a curriculum that is supportive of the children’s individual needs.
Hours of Operation:
The Child Development Center is open Mon-Fri from 0600 to 1800. The program is closed for all Federal Holidays, and any additional days authorized by the Wing Commander.
On the days that the Installation Commander authorized delayed reporting, the Child Development Center will offer care for children of mission essential families only. All Mission Essential families must have a letter on file with the CDC, signed by their Squadron Commander. The CDC will open for non-Mission Essential families at 0830 unless otherwise notified by the Squadron Commander.
In the event of an early release, all non-Mission Essential families must pick up their children within 1 hour of their assigned phased release time that is designated by the Wing Commander.
Our priority to ensure the safety of the children, families, and staff. During delayed reporting/early release, the CDC will provide enough staff to care for the children whose parents are in mission essential status. This allows our staff time to arrive to work safely prior to opening for non-mission essential personnel.
Weekly fees are based upon the family’s total family income. As outlined in our DOD guidelines, the total family income includes BAS, BAH, salaries, tips, long term disability benefits, as well as quarters and subsistence received by the sponsoring member.
The Child Development Center offers a curriculum that is supportive to the individual needs and interests of the children. Children will have the opportunity to learn through hands on experiences, active thinking, exploration, and experimenting along with support and positive interactions from the staff. Our classroom environments are carefully planned to allow children to learn through play, socializing, and experimenting with a variety of materials and toys. Weekly activity plans are posted on the parent information board located in each classroom.
In addition to our indoor curriculum, outdoor play is another essential part of our daily activities. The outdoor environment provides children with new opportunities to explore, develop gross motor skills, coordination, and strengthen their muscles. Additionally, outdoor play allows children to breathe fresh air which contributes to their overall good health.
Discipline in the CDC is consistent and constructive in nature. It is based off of mutual respect of the children and staff. Staff will establish clear and reasonable boundaries for the children which are developmentally appropriate for the child’s age group.
Within the Child Development Center, no form of punishment will be practiced by any staff member, volunteer, visitor, or parent. This includes spanking, hitting, pinching, slapping, shaking, and verbal abuse such as threats or derogatory remarks.
The Child Development Center provides meals and snacks throughout the day. The guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) child and adult care food program are followed to ensure the meals and snacks meet nutritional value requirements for each particular age group of the children in care. All meals are served family style and parents are always welcome to join their child during any meal.
A cycle menu is followed to allow a variety in foods served. The weekly menu is always posted in the lobby, and food substitutions are posted on the menus. For infant feeding patterns, please see the staff in your child’s classroom.
Children who are on a special diet or who are allergic to a particular food item must bring in a note from a health care professional explaining the requirements of the child’s diet and approved substitutions.
Please note that any food that is served to the children must be purchased and prepared by the Child Development Center. Children should not bring drinks or food items into the program. This is environmental health sanitation and safety measure as well as a requirement per AFI 34-144.
The CDC provides care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. To get your child on the waiting list please visit militarychildcare.com, if you have questions regarding enrollment please contact the CDC at 567-4742.
Children with Special Needs:
The Child Development Center makes every effort to provide care for children with special needs. When approved by the Medical Advisor (prior to enrollment), the CDC accepts children with chronic health conditions including children with HIV. The guidelines for the Centers of Disease Control are followed to ensure the protection of the health of all children and adults. To assist the program in meeting your child’s needs, we ask parents to work closely with the director and medical advisor.
If you are interested in employment at the CDC or SAC programs, please apply online at nafjobs.org
If you have any question regarding employment opportunities please contact the CDC Director at 567-4742 or our HRO representative at 567-4737
Additional Services and Programs:
Give Parents a Break: This program offers 5 FREE hours of child care for active duty AF families. The program is available at the Schriever CDC one day per month and is sponsored by the AF Aid Society. This service is designed to provide relief to families experiencing additional stress. Eligible patrons will need to seek a referral certificate from any of the following agencies: First Sergeant, Commander, Chaplain, Airman & Family Readiness Center, Family Advocacy, medical physician, and the CDC Director. For more information, call 567-5364. To reserve care, call 567-4742. All required paperwork must be turned in prior to reserving care.
Returning Home Care: 16 hours of FREE child care per child in a licensed Family Child Care home is available to deployed members returning home or during a two-week R&R. Members must use this service within 30 days of return. This service is available at Peterson AFB. For more information, call 556-4322.
Child Care for PCS: Sponsored by the AF Aid Society, 20 hours of FREE child care in a licensed FCC home helps to relieve the stress felt by families during a PCS move. Families with PCS orders are eligible to receive a certificate from the Airman & Family Readiness Center for use within 60 days of the family’s departure from, or arrival at their duty station. This service is available at Peterson AFB. For more information, call 567-3920.
Extended Duty Care: Child care in a licensed Family Child Care home for families who need care beyond the standard 50 hours per week is available for families who need care in the evening, on weekends, or during temporary shift changes. This service is available at Peterson AFB. For more information, call 556-4322.