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Installation Overview --Misawa Air Base, Japan


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Child Care
Installation Overview --Misawa Air Base, Japan

Misawa AB offers three accredited Child Care Centers and two annexes

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

During the school year, a three-hour preschool enrichment program for children 3 and older is offered at the Yoiko Child Development Center with morning and afternoon sessions. For more information or to enroll, call the Yoiko Child Development Center at DSN 315226-2419.

The School Age Program (SAP) is designed for children in k-6 grade and offers a before and after school program as well as summer and holiday camps.

Family In-Home Child Care is available. Family Child Care Services offers full-time and part-time care, hourly care and drop-in, School Age care, shift and weekend care. Providers set their own rates. Parents may pick up a monthly Family Child Care referral list at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. The Family Child Care Services office is located in Building 697 and can be reached at DSN 315-226-2273.

Child Care for PCS (Air Force only) offers 20 hours of free child care per child to be used within 60 days of arrival to, or departure from, Misawa AB. This program is paid for by the Air Force Aid Society. The provider must be a licensed Family Child Care provider. For more information, please call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at DSN 315-226-4735.

The Yoiko CDC facility on Misawa AB is located on main base across from the Sollars Elementary School with 17 classrooms in Bldg 10. The center provides full day and hourly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC is open to anyone arriving to Misawa AB on orders. This includes active duty military and DoD civilians. Care for children with special needs is available based on the ability of the program to meet the needs of the child with written guidance from a physician, therapist or other appropriate health professional.

There may be a waiting list for child care when you arrive. The waiting list is dependent upon the age of your child. Infant child care is the longest waiting period, due to the small adult/infant ratio. Families may request to be placed on the waiting list by submitting a copy of their Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, which indicate concurrent travel, and a copy of AF Form 2606 prior to arrival at Misawa Air Base. You may pick up the DD Form 2606 at your local CDC or call the Misawa CDC at DSN 315-226-4666 or DSN 315-226-2419 to have the form faxed or emailed to you. Once the form is completed, you may fax or email it to 315-226-2263. Sponsors with non -concurrent travel of dependents may register for child care upon arrival at Misawa.

Upon arrival at Misawa, visit the Yoiko CDC to pick up a registration packet.

In order to enroll you child, you will need the following: Updated shot record , Copy of current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and pay stubs, if spouse is employed , Completed AF Form 357, Family Care Plan and a Copy of your orders.

Hourly and drop-in care is based on space availability. In order to access this care you must call morning you need care to reserve a spot. The fee is $3.00 per hour.

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