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Department of the Air Force
Child Development Center - Child and Youth Registration
(There is no Child Development Center on Natick)
(For DoD ID card holders only)
1 Eglin St., Building 1994
Hanscom AFB, MA 01731
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.
Spouses living on or close to base are encouraged to consider becoming Certified providers for the Family Child Care program.
This program offers an alternative to families who would like 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 certification. Additional monthly training is conducted to retain certification.
Start-up materials are provided for those interested in becoming certified providers. Please contact the FCC Coordinator for more information.
FCC Homes are monitored by the FCC Coordinator.
Hanscom CDC, 781-225-6129, generally has a wait list. It provides programs for children 6 weeks to five years of age. There is a Family Child Care program and School Age Program.
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:
Registration -- To place your name on the waiting list prior to your Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, visit MilitaryChildCare.com. At Militarychildcare.com, parents can create an account containing information about your family. Parents are able to search and request care, manage their requests and update their profile as needed. 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.
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 2:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. AND Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 12:35 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Frontdesk hours are 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Costs -- Weekly 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. Fees are based on a sliding scale established annually from guidelines from the Department of Defense. At the time of registration, there is a one-time Youth Program registration fee of $25 per child that is required.
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 cookouts and field trips.