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Installation Overview -- Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

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Installation Overview -- Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota

McRaven Child Development Center

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

The McRaven Child Development Center curriculum offers a wide variety of developmentally appropriate activities for ages six months through completion of kindergarten. The Child Development Center has been accredited by the NAECP since May 1996. The Marazon system is being used in some classrooms. Creative curriculum is used all other classrooms.

Hourly care children will be accepted on a space available basis only. Reservations are accepted up to one week in advance. Reservations may be made by calling 605-385-2488 or DSN 312-675-2488.
Full-time care may be contracted for up to one year at a time. If you are interested in full-time care, contact the Child Development Center at your current base and obtain an AF Form 3501. Complete the form and mail it to: 28 SVS/SVY, 1314 LeMay Boulevard, Ellsworth AFB, SD, 57706. You will be assigned a place on the waiting list based on the date that the form is received at the center.
Before a child's first admission, a parent or sponsor must present the child's immunization record and complete an AF Form 1181 (Child Care Permanent Record).

Rates for full-time care are based on annual income. Proof of income is required before being assigned a rate. Hourly care is available at $2 per hour per child. Weekly care is paid in advance and hourly care is due when the child is picked up.

The School Age Program program includes before school, after school, and full day care/camp programs for children 6-12 years of age. During the summer months the activity rooms are expanded into the local community and the Black Hills where the children camp, fish and play.

The Family Child Care Program provides quality care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. The program provides full day, part day, hourly, evening, weekend and overnight care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age in the homes of licensed family child care providers.

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