MISSION: To assist Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian personnel in balancing the competing demands of the accomplishment of the DoD mission and family life by managing and delivering a system of quality, available, and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth birth through 18 years of age.
Children will be placed on a waiting list according to the Hanscom’s Priority Access to Child Development Programs. For unborn children, families may request care after 6 months with a doctor’s note. PCS inbound can be placed on the waiting list 90 days prior to assignment with published orders.
WAITING LIST | The Child Development Center maintains a waitlist for eligible individuals who need immediate care for their child(ren).
ENROLLMENT | Families on the waiting list will be contacted when a child care space becomes available and will have 24 hours to accept the space. If no contact is made within 24 hours or the space is refused by the sponsor, the space will be offered to the next family on the waiting list.
REGISTRATION | Once you have been notified and have accepted a space in the Center you will be given instructions on the registration process. It will include completing an acceptance letter, registration packet and scheduling parent orientation prior to starting the program. Parents must also submit up-to-date immunizations record with the registration packet
Hanscom's Child Development Center (CDC) offer full-time and hourly care on a space available basis for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Our DoD-certified center has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Hours | Monday–Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Child Development Center Fees are based on DoD guidelines according to the Military Child Care Act of 1989. These fees are updated annually.
We recognize that each child learns & grows at his/her own pace. Our activities promote self-esteem & creativity, increase self-help skills and instill a positive, enthusiastic attitude toward learning.
Hanscom's Family Child Care (FCC) program offers families alternative childcare, allowing children to participate in a less structured, home-like environment. Providers are able to accommodate parents' various work schedules by offering full-time and part-time care, drop-in services, as well as weekend and evening care.
FCC homes are licensed by the group commander in coordination with health, fire & safety agencies, and are monitored by the FCC coordinator.
VISIT MilitaryChildCare.com to search for available providers.
Office Hours | Monday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hours of operation and fees charged by each FCC provider are a matter of private negotiation between the provider and the parents (unless the family is enrolled in the subsidy program).
Providers receive extensive training in child development, Positive Guidance Techniques, CPR, first aid, health, safety, fire prevention, nutrition, reporting of child abuse and food handling before obtaining a license. Additional monthly training is ongoing.
When a base housing resident fails to obtain a license, the matter is referred to higher authorities and this could result in losing base housing privileges. If you suspect someone is providing unlicensed care, please call the unlicensed Family Child Care Hotline: (781) 225-6129.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING A PROVIDER? Call (781) 225-6122, email us, or stop by our office in the Child Development Center at Hanscom, Bldg. 1994 (behind the clinic).
The FCC is actively recruiting providers to watch children in their homes. The program offers a flexible schedule and the opportunity to earn extra income while staying home. The program is looking for providers to care for children with special needs, including children with asthma, allergies, cerebral palsy and physical ailments. The program is also actively recruiting providers who might offer swing and evening shifts. Call us at (781) 225-6122 for more information.