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Installation Overview --Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, Suffolk, United King

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Installation Overview --Royal Air Force Station Lakenheath, Suffolk, United King

Dana Fraley, a caregiver at Child Development Center East, helps one-year-old Caitlyn Mabie serve herself lunch.

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo by: Capt. Alysia Harvey
The RAF Lakenheath Child Development Centers (CDC) offer childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Members can place their child(ren) on the CDC waitlist prior to their arrival to RAF Lakenheath by faxing DD Form 2606, Department of Defense Program Request for Care Record, to (01638) 525818 or via DSN at 314-226-5818. Wait times vary between 3-12 months.

Fees are subsidized with Appropriated Funds. Families are placed on one of six fee categories, based on total family income. Families will be asked to provide their most recent Leave and Earning statement(s) and/or pay stubs. In accordance with federal guidelines, BAH and in-kind equivalent (Also BAS) are added together with earnings to determine the fee category. Fees are reviewed annually in the Fall. Fees range from $47.50- $111.00) per week.

RAF Lakenheath offers a number of other child care and support options for parents seeking care, including the Hourly Child Care Program, New Parent Support Program, Bundles for Babies and Women, Infants & Children Overseas.

The Before and After School Program (BASP) offered by the Youth Center, provides care for school age children of working parents. The program opens at 6:30 a.m. and ensures the youth arrive to school on time. The BASP staff collects the youth after school.

The Family Child Care (FCC) Home Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years. These self-employed providers operate their home independently in compliance with strict Air Force policies, including frequent inspections and close monitoring by the Family Child Care Coordinator. Full time, part time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school age care is available.

A listing of family child care providers residing in military housing is available from the Child Development Center, Youth Center, Airman and Family Readiness Center and Lodging. For more information, contact the FCC office at DSN 314-226 -2170 or (01638) 522170.

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