Caring for our children

Col. Jason Janaros, 50th Mission Support Group commander

Col. Jason Janaros, 50th Mission Support Group commander

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- One of the most important decisions you make as a parent is selecting quality care for your children. As a father of seven, I know it’s easy to lose focus at work when you are worried about the health and well-being of your kiddos. As such, the 50th Mission Support Group takes great pride in delivering quality, affordable and readily available child care services so you are able to concentrate on the mission at hand.

At Schriever, we offer services for children and youth through our Child Development Center and School Age Care programs. These programs are held to a rigorous set of criteria, requiring background checks and annual reviews by Air Force-level inspectors, in addition to maintaining their accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Additionally, our program was hand-picked to develop Child and Youth program training modules as part of an Ohio State University project that became the benchmark for all Department of Defense child and youth programs. Moreover, our CDC was recently named the 2016 AFSPC Child Development Program of the Year. Rest assured, your children are in good hands.

So how do you know whether or not your children are eligible for this award-winning care? Simply put, if you work on Schriever you are eligible! Our prioritized child care services are open to active duty, DoD civilian, Reservist, and DoD contractor families and include a variety of options for children ages 6 weeks up to 12 years. These programs include:

CDC Full-Time Care: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday

SAC Before and After School Care: Monday-Thursday
Full-Time Care: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. F (*M-F
during School Breaks)

Need an additional break from parenting? We offer an hourly care program through both the CDC and SAC that accept call-in reservations to enable you to make that doctor’s appointment or run that critical errand. We also offer a Parent’s Night Out program each month, typically on a Friday or Saturday, to provide moms and dads time-off from parenting for a reasonable hourly fee.

If you have a child with special needs, have a spouse deployed, or are experiencing high-levels of stress, you may even qualify for the Air Force Aid Society-sponsored Give Parents a Break program. This is a full five-hour break offered for free on a monthly basis. You’ll need to obtain an authorization certificate from your Supervisor, First Sergeant, Commander, Chaplain, or the Airman and Family Readiness Center to qualify.

For those looking for alternate child care solutions, there is the Family Child Care program, offered when both the CDC and SAC programs are closed. This program employs personal child care businesses who have met the same background checks, curriculum requirements and inspections processes as our CDC and SAC personnel and programs. FCC is offered to all base-affiliated personnel and support evening, overnight and weekend care. For a list of FCC programs, contact the CDC, SAC, or A&FRC. If all three programs are full, eligible families have the option to utilize a subsidy program where members are reimbursed by the government for the cost difference between using this private child care service versus the CDC or SAC.

I personally believe we owe you the highest quality child care possible and our team has worked tirelessly to meet this obligation head-on. We want you to feel confident that your children are in an enriching, healthy and safe environment as you work to defend our country. If you’d like to take part in our child care services or need more information, contact the CDC/SAC programs at 567-4742, A&FRC at 567-3920, or the A&FS Flight Chief at 567-5464. As always… Without Support – Mission Abort!