Child Development Center



Child Development Center

Bldg. 1994

Hanscom AFB 01731

781-225-6129 or 781-225-2620 (Fax)


Monday-Friday: 7:00am-5:00pm
Click Below to Register
The Child Development Center (CDC) assists military and civilian personnel in balancing the demands of family life and accomplishing the DoD mission. We offer quality and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth, birth through 18 years of age. The 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). Child Development Center Fees are based on DoD guidelines according to the Military Child Care Act of 1989. 
For complete information and to register, please go to, a DoD website for military families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military-operated and military-subsidized child care options worldwide. It enables families to search for and request or full- and part-time care, manage their requests, and update their profile online. 

Children will be placed on a waiting list according to the Family Types and Priorities Handout. 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.

If you accept 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.

Fee Assistance Program

If you have a child between the ages 0-12 and cannot access installation-based childcare due to distance or waitlists, the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood fee assistance program is available for U.S. Military and U.S. Coast Guard families. The program can help reduce and offset the costs of what families would pay for on-installation child care and what they would pay for care in their communities. This makes it easier for families to afford quality child care from local community providers. 


The program is available to Air Force Active Duty, Air Force Reservists on Active Duty, Civilian Air Reserve Technicians, and Gold Star Spouses who:

  1. Do not live near a DoD installation with a Child and Youth program or

  2. Are unable to access installation-based child care.

  3. If the sponsor is married, his or her spouse must be employed, actively seeking employment, or a full-time student.

For information on how fee assistance benefits are calculated, visit the Child Care Aware of America Air Force Fee Assistance webpage.


Our Community Child Care Coordinator, Ms. Robbin Morris, can assist you to determine viable childcare options.

IMPORTANT UPDATE - Supplanting Policy, August 2022
Based on the Department of Defense Supplanting Policy, Hanscom officials are currently reviewing the list of children enrolled in the Child Development Center and School-Age Program. Supplanting occurs when a child currently enrolled is replaced by a child from a family in a higher priority category. Supplanting was paused in 2020 at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Now, with child care operations returning to normal operations following the transition to Health Protection Condition Alpha last month, and the continuing shortage of staff, officials are working to determine if currently enrolled families will be impacted. Any families that are impacted will receive a 45-day written notification prior to being supplanted, and can reapply for care through

On August 1, 2022 Hanscom officials held a virtual/in-person Town Hall Meeting to discuss the policy and its potential impact on families at the base.  Click here to review what was discussed during the Town Hall meetings. Click here to review the questions posed to the Hanscom officials.