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United States Air Force
Child Care Resource and Referral
Okinawa City Japan 96368-5134
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.
Kadena currently has 2 Child Development Centers (CDC) on base:
The centers serve children from 6 weeks old to when child enters kindergarten and currently have 300+ children enrolled in the programs. Call 011-81-6117-32-7693 or DSN: 315-632-7693 for enrollment information.
Childcare for PCS Program -- This Air Force Aid Society's program provides Air Force families up to 20 hours of FREE childcare per child 60 days before departing a base and 60 days after arriving to a new base. At Kadena, care is provided through licensed Family Child Care providers. To obtain a certificate, please bring a please bring a copy of your orders to the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Bldg 220. You can also obtain a current listing of Family Child Care providers at the A&FRC and on http://www.kadenafss.com/family/youthprograms/.
Family Child Care (FCC) is offered to children in licensed providers' quarters. Anyone who provides child care for 10 hours or more per week on a regular basis must apply to be licensed. Homes are strictly regulated by AF instruction. Care groups are small in FCC homes, never more than 6 children. FCC programs offer a nurturing home environment that supports each child's development in a family setting.
The FCC program offers a wide variety of quality services including early infant care, before and after school care, extended duty care (for temporary shift changes, early morning PT), full time and drop-in care. ECC Care (Extended Duty Care and swing shift care, to include evenings and weekend care. FCC also offers part-day preschool programs.
Child Care for PCS
All FCC providers participate in the free PCSing Child Care Program paid for by the Air Force Aid Society. All ranks are eligible for 20 hours of care per child within the first 60 days after arrival on Okinawa and the last 60 days before departure on a space-available basis. If a shortage of care spaces exists, priority will go to E5s and below.
Returning Home Care (RHC)
Offered to families with a service member who recently returned from a deployment A copy of the military member's orders will need to be bought to the FCC Office when requesting this care.
All Kadena Child Development Centers have been accredited by the national Association for the Education of Young Children. Wakaba achieved accreditation in 2000. Both Shimo No Ko and Niko Niko were accredited in 2002. Accreditation ensures the highest quality of care for the children in our centers. Staffing in our overseas location is our greatest challenge. If you live on Okinawa or are PCSing to Okinawa, consider a career in Child Development. Training is provided on the job and the rewards are great.Centers on Installation
Kadena currently has 2 centers on base:
The centers serve children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years of age and currently have more than 600 children enrolled in the programs.
Before and after kindergarten programs are available. Both facilities provide full-day care. In addition, an hourly care program is offered at each facility for children 6 months to 5 years of age.Costs
Weekly fees are based on total family income in accordance with DoD guidelines. Fees for hourly care are $4.00 per hour and reservations may be made for up to 10 hours of care per week.
Families arriving on Kadena need to know that there is a waiting list for full time care. Priority is given to single and dual military families; however, families should be prepared to contact family child care homes for care upon arrival. Waiting times for center-based care may vary depending upon the age of the child. For information about the waiting list for full day care, please contact the Child Development Center at DSN 315-632-7693.
A copy of the sponsor's orders and completion of a DD Form 2606 for each child are required to place children in the CDC.
The 18th WG/CC has established five priority levels for all parents requesting care in the Kadena Child Development Centers (CDC) and School Age Program (SAP).
The Youth Programs has two School Age Programs (SAP): Himawari SAP located in building 439 and Shima No Ko located in building 4081. The School-Age Program provides supervised before and after school care during the school year and full-time care during the summer months and winter/spring break for parents who need child care. Children are transported to and from school daily.
The program offers a variety of organized activities, clubs and field trips that are age appropriate, educational and entertaining for children ages 5 to 12.
During regular school days, children are served breakfast and snack. On full days, the program provides breakfast, lunch, snack and evening snack.
Himawari School Age program services Bob Hope Primary School and Amelia Earhart Intermediate School. Shima No Ko services Kadena Elementary, Stearley Heights, Kadena Middle School.
The Kindergarten Program
Located in Building 326.Meals are served at the following times:Breakfast 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.Lunch 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.Snack 3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
The Bob Hope and Kadena Elementary Program
Housed in the cafeterias of the two schools with Stearley Heights attending the KES Program and Amelia Earhart attending the Bob Hope Program.Meals are served at the following times:Breakfast 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.Snack 3:30 - 4:00 p.m.When school is let out before noon, a sack lunch is provided.