School Age Care
Serve Children Ages Five to 12 Years
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL CARE
About School Age Care (SAC)
School Age Care (SAC) offers child care (Before and After School Care and Full Day Care) for children and youth from five to 12 years of age. School Age Care is located in a separate facility or in a separate space in the YP facility.
SAC promotes the cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language, and physical development of children through programs and services that recognize differences in children and youth and encourages self-confidence, curiosity, creativity, self-discipline, and resiliency.
Full Day/Weekly Child Care
Provides up to 50 hours of weekly child care (no more than 10 hours of care each day).
May be offered to support short-term needs on the installation.
Before/After School Care
Provides care “Before” school starts and “After” school ends. Transportation to and from school may be provided.
Give Parents A Break (GPAB)
Sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society GPAB provides child care for eligible parents who are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life including deployments, remote tours of duty, and extended working hours.
Child care eligibility is contingent on the status of the sponsor. Eligible patrons as outlined in DoDI 6060.02, include active duty military, DoD civilian employees, guard or reserve on active duty orders, active duty coast guard members, combat related wounded warriors in an active duty status, Gold Star spouses of military members who died from a combat-related incident, those acting in loco parentis for the dependent child of an otherwise eligible patron, eligible employees of DoD contractors, and others who may be authorized on a space available basis. In the case of unmarried, legally separated parents with joint custody or divorced parents with joint custody, children or youth are eligible for child care only when they reside with the eligible sponsor at least 25 percent of the time in a month. If granted child care during active duty status, children of combat related wounded warriors may remain in child care until their dependent child reaches age twelve. Children of combat related wounded warriors who are medically retired as a result of combat related injuries may remain in the existing program until the child(ren) is (are) no longer age eligible.
Military families will complete a Request for Care at militarychildcare.com, a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care. This site will allow families to search for and request care from a wide range of military-operated and military-subsidized child care options across all Services to include Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Families can expect standardized procedures for effective waiting list management, expedited placement of children and youth into available programs, and enhanced daily operations for programs.
Child Care Fees
Fees are based on the DoD and Department of the Air Force (DAF) annual fee policy and on total family income (TFI). Parent fees may not be adjusted more than once a year.
Child Care Priorities
Installations must follow priorities in accordance with DoDI 6060.02.
Accreditation helps families recognize quality programs and feel comfortable knowing that their youth are participating in a high-quality program that will prepare them for future success. All SACs must be accredited by a national accrediting agency in accordance with 10 USC Ch 88 (Public Law) and DoDI 6060.02. DAF SACs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
The military equivalent of state licensing, DoD Certification represents verified compliance with standards regarding fire, health, safety, developmental programming, child abuse prevention, funding, and staff training. Our Child and Youth Programs are certified by DoD each year. As a result of the strict oversight and adherence to standards, along with the trained staff and quality curriculum, our programs have been recognized as a model for the nation.
Training and Curriculum Specialist(s) (T&C) are assigned to each DAF Child and Youth Services Flight. The T&Cs are responsible to support the training needs/requirements for all personnel (staff, contractors, specific volunteers). Based on position, all personnel must complete orientation training prior to working with youth and annual training requirements. In addition, all staff must complete a set of competency-based training modules. The direct care staff are observed and debriefed on a monthly basis.
All personnel (staff, contractors, specified volunteers) must obtain and maintain a Child Care Background Check in accordance with the Public Law.