On-Base Child Care

Child Development Center (CDC)
Offers full-day, part-day and hourly care for children ages six weeks through Kindergarten. It is nationally accredited, DoD certified, and maintains high standards of health and safety while promoting the development of each child. Parents may submit DD Form 2606 to get on the waiting list prior to arrival at Fairchild AFB; include anticipated date of arrival; Fax number: 509-247-8284 or DSN 657-8284. Fees are based on total family income. The CDC is located on base at 201 East Fairchild Hwy. For more information, call the CDC at 509-247-2403

School Age Program (SAP)
The Nationally Accredited SAP offers Before and After School care for youth in grades 1-6. Full day camps are available during school breaks. Affiliations with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, 4-H, and Air Force programming provide activities that meet the developmental needs of youth. Registration and enrollment are required. Fees are based on total family income. The Youth Center is located on base at 200 W. Castle St. For more information, call the Youth Center at 509-247-5601

Family Child Care (FCC)
In-home care provided by military spouses in base housing or in affiliated homes off-base. Must be licensed through the base to provide care. All ages are accepted. Family Child Care providers receive extensive training and background screening, and homes are inspected monthly. For more information, call the Family Child Care Coordinator at 509-247-5336; please leave a voice message, as she is often out of the office, visiting FCC homes

Teen Babysitters
For privacy reasons, there is not an official list - "word of mouth" is the best means to get information.

If you suspect child abuse, the DoD Child Abuse Reporting number is 1-877-790-1197.  Caller may remain anonymous  

Free Child Care:
Returning Home Care program (RHC)
Provides up to 16 hours of free care per child, ages 12 and under. May be used for up to six months after retutning form deployment. Available to active duty members assigned to Fairchild AFB, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve returning home after deployments of a minimum of 30 days. RHC is also available for eligibile personnel returning for a two-week R&R leave. Call Family Child Care at 509-247-5336

Extended Duty Care (EDC)
Free child care for military members as they perform their mission during contingency or high tempo operations. The program is designed to help families who temporarily must work longer hours, evenings, overnight, weekends or are experiencing a temporary shift change. Call Family Child Care at 509-247-5336

Child Care for PCS
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) will pay for up to 20 hours of child care (per child) for Air Force families on PCS orders. May be used the last 60 days at the losing base and the first 60 days at the gaining base. Care is in base licensed or affiliated Family Child Care (FCC) homes. Obtain voucher from the Airman and Family Readiness Center at each base. For questions at Fairchild, call 509-247-2246

Child Care for Volunteers
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) will pay child care expenses in base licensed or affiliated Family Child Care (FCC) homes for volunteers who are engaged in supporting programs which benefit the Air Force community. This program is not meant to pay for child care for volunteers in resale (i.e., Thrift Shop), fund raising, Key Spouse, or social activities; nor is it intended for volunteers from other branches of service than the Air Force. Contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 509-247-2246 for more information

Give Parents A Break (GPAB)

  • The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) pays the cost of having the base Child Development Center (CDC) and Youth Center open once a month for families referred to the program. Active duty Air Force families eligible for the "Give Parents a Break" (GPAB) program would include those where a parent is feeling stress due to the military member being deployed or TDY, having a child with special needs, an emergency situation, such as illness of a family member, the family recently moving, or unique circumstances or hardships. To be eligible for the program, families must be referred by one of the following base officials or agencies: Squadron Commander/First Sergeant, chaplain, doctor or other medical professional, Family Advocacy, Airman and Family Readiness Center, Child Development Center. If you feel your family may qualify for this program, please self-refer to the most appropriate of the above agencies for your need. Certificates may be reissued as necessary
  • Families may contact the Child Development Center or the Airman and Family Readiness Center for the GPAB schedule. Enrollment (free) in the Child Development Center (or Youth Center for older children) is required, as is advance registration each time the family intends to utilize the GPAB. This is to ensure adequate staffing
  • If you have registered for a GPAB date and then find that you cannot attend, please call the CDC or Youth Center immediately. This may allow another family to participate, or may alleviate staffing issues. Families who are repeatedly "no-shows" may lose the privilege of participation in the programs