Child Development Center
The Child Development Center (CDC) assists military and civilian personnel in balancing the demands of family life and accomplishing the Department of Defense (DoD) mission. We offer quality and affordable programs and services for eligible children/youth, birth through 18 years of age. The CDC offers 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. Fees are based on DoD guidelines according to the Military Child Care Act of 1989.
We are actively hiring for Child Care Assistants.
For complete information and to register, please go to MilitaryChildCare.com, 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 CDC 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 child care 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 childcare 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:
Do not live near a DoD installation with a Child and Youth Program
Are unable to access installation-based child care
Are married and his or her spouse must be employed, actively seeking employment, or currently 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. Robin Morris can assist you to determine viable child care options.
Supplanting occurs when a child currently enrolled is replaced by a child from a family in a higher priority category. Any families that are impacted receive a 45-day written notification prior to being supplanted, and can reapply for care through MilitaryChildCare.com. Since August 2022 Hanscom officials have briefed the community monthly in virtual/in-person Town Hall Meetings to discuss the policy and its potential impact on families at the base. Click here to review the information shared during the Town Hall meetings. Click here to review the questions posed to the Hanscom officials. The meetings are also a venue to provide updates on staffing initiatives.