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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.
Child Development Centers
We offer full-day care, hourly care, Give Parents a Break and a summer kindergarten preparation program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We provide children an opportunity to learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers and caring adults.
We respect each child’s unique interests, experiences, abilities and needs, allowing us to be appropriately responsive toward each child. Children are valued as individuals and as part of a group. Our program supports the ideals, cultures and values of families in their task of nurturing children.
Child Care ReferralChild Care Referral OfficeBuilding 1850Kadena DSN • 632-7693
To enroll your child in a Child Development Center, visit Militarychildcare.com, or call for more information!
Niko Niko CDC
Building 334Phone • 634-5263
Hours of Operation:Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 pm
Building 132Phone • 632-7420Hours of Operation:Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 pm
Kadena AB Force Support
What is Family Child Care?
The Family Child Care (FCC) Program at Kadena Air Base provides quality and dependable child care in a safe and healthy home environment. The Air Force defines FCC as care provided for a child in on-base quarters, other than the child’s own home, for more than 10 hours a week and on a regular basis.
FCC providers are certified, insured, and support families in need of:
• Full-time care• Part-time care• Drop-in/hourly care• Care for shift workers or those who regularly work non-traditional duty hours• PCS Care of up to 20 hours of free child care for Air Force families when PCSing in or out after sponsor is pre-approved by the Air Force Aid Society• Extended Duty Care for registered patrons of any of Kadena’s Child Development Centers or School Age Care programs who need temporary care in excess of the standard 10-hour day contracts, during hours when their current child care is not operational or during short-term TDYs.
How are rates determined?
FCC providers are self-employed and set their own rates. Exceptions to this are the select in-home providers who voluntarily participate in the FCC Subsidy Program. In these homes, weekly rates are pre-determined by the MSG Commander and are based upon total family income (TFI).
Unlicensed CareAll Family Child Care homes on the installations must be certified to operate by the Mission Support Group Commander. Unlicensed care is classified as providing 10 or more hours per week for children in your home. Non-compliance is subject to consequences such as housing privilege loss.Who can participate in the FCC program?
If you are interested in working out of your military housing while staying at home with your children, then being a certified Family Child Care provider may be just for you!
To find out more about FCC space availability or to obtain information on becoming a certified provider, please contact the FCC Coordinator, Geraldine Horton at 634-0514 or stop by the FCC office, building 1850 on Kadena Air Base. The FCC Coordinator can also be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at email@example.com.
Child Care Referral Inside Shima No Ko SACBuilding 1850Kadena DSN • 632-7693
Kadena AB Force Support
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.