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Installation Overview --Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi


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Installation Overview --Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi

Lassere, wife of Capt. Chad Lassere, 37th Flying Training Squadron, looks at art with her daughter Sarah at the Youth Center and Child Development Center's Children's Art Show.

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Elizabeth Owens

The Columbus AFB Child Development Center (CDC) is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children. There are closed circuit TV cameras in all rooms. Programs include full day, part-day preschool and hourly child care. The center participates in the USDA Food Program. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are included in the fee. Columbus AFB Child Development Center is opened from 6:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

The Columbus AFB CDC is available for children of active duty military, contract and DoD civilians, 6 weeks to 5 years of age. When demand exceeds space available, a waiting list is maintained. You may be added to the waiting list by completing AF Form 2606 and either emailing or faxing it to the CDC. A current immunization record and parent's most recent Leave and Earning Statement and /or pay statement are required to enter the program.

A reservation system is utilized for hourly care and reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance depending on the age group.

Families are placed in one of 6 categories, based on total family income. Families will be asked to provide their most recent Leave and Earning statement and/or pay stub. In accordance with federal guidelines, BAH or in-kind equivalent are added together with earnings to determine the fee category. Fees range from $56 to $111 per week.

The hourly rate for child care is $3 per hour, per child with a one hour minimum charge.

The Give Parents A Break Program is held at the Child Development Center one Saturday per month for eligible families. The CDC is also opened one Saturday per month for "Parents Day/Night Out"- hourly fees apply.

The Family Child Care Program provides developmental care in FCC licensed homes in military family housing. Children between the ages newborn to 12 years are eligible. You may obtain a list of licensed providers at the Child Development Center, Family Child Care Office or from the Airman and Family Readiness Center. For more information about family child care or on becoming a FCC provider, call 662-434-2316 or DSN 312-742-2316.

The School Age Program (SAP) includes a wide variety of educational and recreational experiences. The children are offered activities such as arts, crafts, music, drama, sports, games and individual and group study activities. Columbus City Schools and Caledonia Elementary School provide transportation to the center. Summer Camp includes swimming, field trips, and a variety of educational activities at no additional cost to parents. Breakfast and snacks are provided. Weekly fees for each child will include meals and will be based on combined annual family income. The priority placement for the School Age Program is the same as the Child Development Center. The School Age Program is opened Monday through Friday from 3:00 - 6:00 pm., closed on Federal holidays. The hours for full day are 7:00 am - 6:00 pm.

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