By Rod Powers
There are three child development centers on the installation with a total capacity of 550 slots. Active duty Airmen, family members. DOD civilians, or NAF employees are all eligible to use the CDCs.
The Gateway CDC offers care for children from 6 weeks through 5 years of age.
The Lackland CDC offers care for the 3-5 year old group. It also offers part-time enrichment programs.
The Kelly Field CDC also offers care for infants through 5 years of age. It is also certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
There are no child care resources for special needs children. There is some financial assistance available to defray the cost of paying for child care off base. The Family Child Care Office has agreements with a few child centers in the community. Please contact the office to get more information. If you make arrangements without their approval, you forfeit any elibility you may have had to financial subsidies.
Applications are processed through the Family Child Care Office. The required documents are:
* DD Form 2606 -- This form can be downloaded or picked up at any CDC.
* Lackland AFB physical form
* A copy of the orders
Applications can be submitted in advance by faxing them to the Family Child Care Office along with a copy of the orders. The fax number is 210-671-0276. Upon arrival, please pick up the physical form to be completed by the child's physician.
There are usually waiting lists for infant care in the CDCs. There may be a
six month wait in some instances. For the preschool ages, there is seldom a
long wait, especially in the Kelly Field CDC. Because of its distance from the
main installation, there is more likely to be an open slot.
The installation has approximately 40 family day care homes.
No slots are set aside in any of the CDCs for drop-in care. Ccontact the CDCs at the beginning of the day to see if there are any vacancies
for that day. There is no procedure for reserving drop-in care slots in advance.
School Age Programs are open to active-duty Military, DoD Civilian, and NAF civilian dependents from kindergarten through grade 12. Youth must be a current member in good standing with Lackland Youth Programs. Priority is given to single parents, or families where both parents are employed or enrolled in school outside the home.
Before and After School Care is available Monday through Friday, 6:30am-8:00am and 2:30pm-6:00pm. Day Camp is available 6:30am-6:00pm.
For more information about the SAP, contact Youth Programs at 210-671-2388/2510.
Family Advocacy partners with the CDCs to offer play groups on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:30 am to 11:00 am in Bldg 8205. This is an informal group that offers children the opportunity to interact with each other. Because parents are required to remain, there is also an opportunity to network with each other. There is no registration, no commitment, and no cost. For additional information, call Family Advocacy at 210-292-5967.