The practices of the Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. They support the development of the whole child, meaning all areas of development are considered inter-related and equally important. The CDC 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, thus allowing us to be responsive to and appropriate for each child. 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 advocate for children, families and the early childhood professionals within our programs.
CDC East and CDC West are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and are both certified by the Department of Defense. The Hill Air Force Base Child Development Centers (CDC) received the 2012 Air Force Program of the Year Award, recognizing the extremely high quality of care the centers provides to all Team Hill children. Offering care to children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years.
Give Parents a Break (GPAB) & Parents Day/Night Out
"Give Parents a Break" (GPAB) & "Parents Day/Night Out" are held in conjunction with one another. The CDCs and Youth Center supports GPAB and Parents Day/Night Out Programs typically on the 3rd Saturday of the month (see GPAB schedule). In an effort to meet the AF required 8 GPAB referral minimum, and for the convenience of a single location, the care now takes place for all age groups at CDC West, Bldg. 464.
GPAB is free (reimbursed by Air Force Aid Society) child care for active duty families and requires a referral certificate from the Airman & Family Readiness Center (801-777-4681) along with all required CDC/SAC enrollment paperwork. Active duty AF families, to include Air Guard and AF Reserve members (activated under Title 10 USC for 15 days or longer) are eligible for the "Give Parents a Break" program.
The program is open to those where a parent is feeling stress due to:
-- The military member being deployed, on an extended TDY or on a remote tour of duty
-- A family crises or emergency such as serious illness of family member, death in the family, extended illness of family members, birth of a new baby, etc.
-- Having a child with special needs (see CDC or SAC for Child and Youth Inclusion Action Team paperwork to ensure ability to reasonably accommodate at least 30 days prior to scheduled GPAB date)
-- Unique circumstances or hardships (Note: Being a single parent is not in itself a reason for this program)
To be eligible to use the program, families must be referred by one of the following base officials (forms are available at Airman & Family Readiness Center, bldg. 150):
-- Squadron commander/first sergeant
-- Doctor or other medical professional
-- Family Advocacy personnel
-- Airman & Family Readiness Center personnel
-- Child Development Center/Youth Center Director
GPAB should not be looked on simply as free child care, but rather as a program for commanders, first sergeants and other base officials to provide help for families who are experiencing stress. GPAB certificates are issued for a specific period of time.
-- normally not longer than a 3 month period
-- but may be reissued as needed
While deployments, remote assignments and TDYs are often longer than 3 months, this follow-on contact with the family allows the situation to be reviewed periodically and the opportunity to offer other help, if needed.
The Child Development Center West (801-777-6223) accepts registration for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. The Youth Center (801-777-2419), Bldg. 883 accepts paperwork for children ages 6-12. GPAB families may sign up and drop off paperwork starting the Monday after the event through the Wednesday prior to the next event (see GPAB schedule).
Parents Day/Night Out is $20 per child; available to families with children 6 weeks to 12 years of age, and does not require a referral. Families may sign up for Parents Day/Night Out on the Thursday prior to the event. This is pending 8 referrals have been received. Payment must be made in advance to reserve a space.
Free Child Care to Single Military is still available in conjunction with monthly Give Parent's A Break/Parent's Day or Night Out Program. A signed statement from the single military member's first sergeant or commander is needed to verify eligibility and must be presented along with the required CDC/Youth Center enrollment paperwork, to be turned in starting the Thursday prior to the event to reserve a spot. Priority is given to GPAB referrals. Single military slots and Parent's Day or Night Out ($20 per child) slots are based upon remaining space availability.
Request for Care/Waiting List
We have switched to a new system for requesting care/waiting list. The new system will be through Militarychildcare.com (MCC). MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC) is a DoD website for eligible (afi 34-144 ref. 11.8) families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides access to comprehensive military-operated and military-subsidized child care options worldwide. Ultimately, MCC makes it easier for families to find the child care they need. This change effects the Child Development Centers (CDCs), Family Child Care (FCC) homes, and School Age Care (SAC) programs on Hill AFB. To visit the MCC website click here. Please call or stop by either CDC East: (801)777-6321, CDC West: 777-6223, Family Child Care: (801)777-0695, or the Youth Center: (801)777-2419 for MCC literature.
Currently, a central waiting list is maintained for the CDCs. A Request for Care-DD 2606 form is available here to download for your convenience. This form can be faxed to our program (801)775-3158 or brought to us directly. For detailed information on the waiting list and enrollment procedures, please contact us 777-6321.
Drop-in/hourly care is provided on a space available basis at a cost of $4 per hour. Reservations for hourly care may be made up to 2 weeks in advance. All enrollment paperwork is available at the front desk and is required to be completed prior to the child participating in the program. For more information call either CDC East: (801)777-6321 or CDC West: (801)777-6223.
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)
Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meets the third Tuesday of every month from 1130-1230 at one of CDC locations. A free lunch is provided. All CDC parents are encouraged to attend including part-time, full-time, and those that use any of the Extended Child Care programs. Please contact either CDC offices for this month's location and for more information: (801)777-6321 or (801)777-6223.