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United States Air Force
Child and Youth - Resource and Referral
1707 J. St
Grand Forks AFB, ND 58205
Programs and services are available at most installations for children up to age 12. Care may be provided in Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Please review the information to find out what programs and services are available at this installation. Please contact the Child and Youth Program point of contact at this installation if you require information, assistance or resources for child care in your local community.
EFMP Respite Care is designed specially for Air Force families who have children diagnosed with moderate to severe special needs. Respite care decreases feelings of isolation, provides the family with rest and relaxation, improves their ability to cope with their daily responsibilities and assists in maintaining the stability of the family. Respite care through Child Care Aware is available for eligible EFMP family members and has no income restrictions. Call the toll-free number at 1-800-424-2246 to speak with a Child Care Aware staff member. Respite Care may also be available through Air Force Aid Society or through TRICARE and the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO). For more information on Respite Care services and financial assistance, contact the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 701-747-3241.
The Family Child Care Program at Grand Forks AFB, ND is offered as an alternative to the Child Development Center or Youth Center and provides care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in the provider's home. Anyone providing care in base housing for one or more children of another person for more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis MUST be licensed. All training is free, includes an extensive licensing process, CPR, First Aid, Child Development, Curriculum Planning, Health and Safety, Food Handlers certification, 15 training modules and business set-up. Mandatory background and reference checks are conducted, all homes are inspected by Public Health, Safety and Fire as well as the FCC Coordinator before a license is issued. Health records on all family members are maintained and each provider is required to have Liability insurance.
The FCC Resource Center supplies providers with the majority of needed toys, materials and equipment, all of which can be switched out for other items. The MSG commander signs the renewable 1 year license after all requirements have been completed. Each provider can provide care of up to 6 children with no more than 2 under the age of 2 including his/her own. Monthly inspections of each home are conducted by the FCC Coordinator.
FCC providers are self-employed and not government employees. Each FCC professional sets his or her own rates, hours, policies and contracts. For additional information on becoming a FCC professional, contact the Child Development Center at 701-747-3042.
The Grand Forks AFB Child Development Center (CDC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and certified by the Department of Defense, providing care for children between the ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. The practices of Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. The CDC implements developmentally appropriate activities that promote the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of the children enrolled. A Training and Curriculum Specialist provides the child care professionals training on a variety of subjects ranging from safety, health, and child abuse prevention along with other requirements in accordance with Air Force and DOD requirements.
The Grand Forks AFB Child Development Center respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children, advocate for children, families, and the early childhood professionals within all programs.
Special Needs Care
For families that have a child or children with special needs, concerns as to the child care professionals ability to care for that child or children is a concern. Grand Forks AFB has an Inclusion Action Team (IAT) that usually consists of the following individuals; Special Needs Coordinator, medical provider and Child & Youth personnel. The IAT, along with the parent, will begin a placement process. This process begins with screening questions related to the educational and/or medical needs of the child answered by parents when they apply for care. The IAT reviews all documentation to ensure accommodation of the child's need can be met. Parents can attend planning meetings, however, they are not considered part of the IAT. The base installation commander has the final say on placement in a DoD-operated child care program. For additional information on the IAT or the process, contact the Child Development Center at 701-747-3042 or the EFMP Coordinator at 701-747-4484.
Youth Sponsorship Program
Youth sponsorship allows youth ages 5 to 18 to have a point of contact for inbound "Warriors of the North" youth. The program "Sponsor Pen Pals" assist participants from other bases help make their move/transition easier by sending them a welcome letter and a sponsor kit. If you are interested in a Youth Sponsorship Application please contact the Youth Center at 701-747-5031.
Employment opportunities for youth on base are limited. Waiting tables, bagging groceries at the commissary, and fast food positions are available through Non Appropriated Funds (NAF), AAFES and the commissary (DECA). Youth summer hire programs may or may not be offered each year depending on funding.
Opportunities for physical activity and outdoor play are available for all children daily, regardless of age, as part of regular programming, weather permitting. Outdoor play areas include a variety of developmentally appropriate equipment and materials and are designed to facilitate exploration in a safe environment.
The Youth Center also offers participation in the "Jr. Olympics", The Armed Forces Kids Run, "Pitch, Hit and Run", "Punt, Pass and Kick" competitions.
The Youth Center provides a program that offers sponsorship to children who are due to arrive at Grand Forks AFB. This is a valuable program that all children should be aware of. Please contact the Youth Center for in-depth information or to request a Youth Sponsor.
The Youth Activities Center at Grand Forks AFB offers a wide variety of sports, leisure, educational and social programs planned by teams of caring, knowledgeable professionals who plan developmentally-appropriate programs responsive to the unique needs, abilities, and interests of children. These Grand Forks AFB Youth Center professionals are trained to foster a sense of independence, trust, and responsibility within each child through understanding and respectful interactions.
Activities and programs change monthly. Please call the Youth Center at 701-747-3151 for a current schedule of events. The professional and passionate staff plan programs that focus on both individual and group interests of youth and teens. All staff members are continuously trained in CPR/First Aid and youth development. Activities focus on sports and fitness, education and career development, the arts, health, life skills, and character as well as leadership development. A variety of regular activities include field trips, fun nights, specialty camps, pre-teen activities, dance and karate instructional classes, clinics, and lock-ins.
Some of the activities offered throughout the year may include the following;
The Youth Center is accredited by the Council On Accreditation (COA) and is certified by the Department of Defense to operate the School Age Care Program (SAC) and Youth Programs. The facility is an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA). Youth are offered opportunities to participate in programs that build character and leadership development, support their education and career development, expand health and life skills, support emerging technological skills, and incorporate arts, sports, fitness, and recreation. These programs rely heavily on partnerships with the BGCA and 4-H to provide programming options, in which military youth can grow, learn, and thrive.
The Grand Forks AFB Youth Center complies with AFI34-144, the AF Youth Programs Inspection Criteria and with Council for Accreditation. Additional policies, immunization requirements and parent information can be obtained by calling the Youth Center at 701-747-5031.
Contact the Child Development Center at 701-747-3042 for current program status.
A Part-Day Enrichment Program currently is suspended. The program is offered for children who have reached their 3rd birthday by August 31st and fully/successfully potty-trained before admission. Please contact the center at 701-747-3042 for more information
Weekly care is offered to all active duty military and DOD civilians working on Grand Forks AFB.. Weekly fees are based on the family total income.
Hourly Care is currently suspended. It is offered on a first come first serve basis, please call the center at 701-747-3042 for additional information. Even when the enrollment is at capacity, programs sometimes have hourly care available when regular enrolled children are away on vacation or out for other reasons. Hourly care is designed for non-working parents who need hourly care for their children during times when they have appointments or for other reasons. Children in hourly care receive the same care and are provided with the same activities and curriculum as children in full-time care and at most bases are included with children in regular care.Reservations for care may be made up to two weeks in advance.
Give Parents a Break
The Give Parents a Break program (GPAB) is funded by the Air Force Aid Society and is designed to provide relief for active duty Air Force parents who have family members deployed or TDY, have an emergency situation such as illness of family member, recently moved to base or other unique circumstances.
What do you need?
Fill out the referral form given at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Turn referral into the Child Development Center (CDC) or Youth Center (YC), and fill out their registration packet. This requires a copy of the child's most updated immunization records to include the flu shot.
Turn in your required paperwork to reserve a slot no later than two weeks before the next scheduled GPAB.
If you signed up for a GPAB and need to cancel you must do so by calling the CDC or YC at least 48 hours in advance (no shows will be charges the hourly rate for the hours of the scheduled GPAB).
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Child Development Center or Youth Center.
The CDC offers large motor environments, infant, toddler and preschool classrooms. There is currently a waiting list for all age groups with newborns having the largest demand.
Priority Care -- Single and dual military parents have priority.
Charges and fees are based on total family income and are adjusted annually in accordance with the Military Child Care Act of 1996. Meals and snacks are included in the fee structure
Military Child Care
This Department of Defense (DoD) program makes it easier to find the child and youth care your family needs. If you desire on-base child care, you (or your sponsor) should create an account using MilitaryChildCare.com where you can find comprehensive information on child care programs, conduct a customized search for the care you need and submit a request for care at any time from any location. For questions and or support call 855-696-2934.
A few of the programs include:
The Open Recreation Program -- Offered for children 9-18. The program is free and enables children to participate in a variety of activities in the Open Recreation Room, the gymnasium, the computer room, the 4 H club, Boys & Girls Clubs of America Programming as well as various other activities. Power Hour is a homework club that give children the ability to sign themselves in and out of on a daily basis.
The School Age Program -- Offered for children in K - 8th grade. Children can participate in the Before School Care Program, the After School Care Program or both the Before and After School Care programs. Children can be transported to the elementary/middle school on base. Childcare fees are based on house hold income. Summer Adventure & Play is a summer day care program that offers a wide variety of summertime activities and curriculum that includes swimming, field trips, roller skating and bowling. The Grand Forks Air Force Base Youth Center Torch Club is a chartered small group leadership and service club for youth ages 11 to 13. Torch Club members learn to elect officers and work together to plan and implement activities in the following areas: Service to the Youth Center and Community, Education, Health and Fitness and Social Recreation.
The Keystone Club is a charter club for teens ages 14-18. Members elect their own officers and the club is designed to assist teen members become productive citizens and leaders. The club focuses on 6 program areas: Service to Club & Community, Leadership Development, Education and Career Exploration, Unity, Free Enterprise, and Social Recreation.
Youth of the Quarter/Year Programs
The Youth of the Quarter and a Youth of the Year Program is for youth ages 14-18. Those selected for Youth of the Quarter will compete for the Base Youth of the Year honors. The winner of the Base Youth of the Year competes at the North Dakota State Youth of the Year Competition.
Youth Employment Skills (YES) Program
The YES (Youth Employment Skills) Program at the Youth Center is for eligible high school students. This program allows members to "bank" volunteer dollar credits toward their post-secondary education/training at a rate of $4 per hour volunteered on base. Students may accumulate up to 250 hours, for a potential $1,000.
Classes are ongoing and vary depending on age and skill level. Registration costs for the classes vary and are paid monthly and may include the following;
The Youth Center has a gymnasium, Preteen Game Room (with pool tables, foosball, video games and air hockey), Teen Room, a TV Lounge Area, Computer Center, outside Playground, outside Basketball Court, a Youth Sports Complex and an Ice Rink/Warming House.