Welcome to Eielson!
The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers classes, information and much more to help you be prepared for deployments and life in the military.
For those children in school, the School Age Program offers programs and activities to entertain and educate. For those active teens, the Youth Center and Teen Break always have something new and exciting going on!
The School Liaison Officer provides assistance in all facets of educations for the military child.
Family Child Care Office
The Family Child Care Program (FCC), monitors in-home child care services provided by licensed providers on Eielson AFB. Each provider is provided with the training and support they need to successfully provide a safe and creative environment for your child. They are only licensed after they attend extensive training with the FCC Coordinator as well as a Fire, Heath, and Safety Representative who inspects each of their homes to ensure a safe environment. Lastly, we require each person over the age of 12 in the home to undergo an installation security check with Security Forces and the Office of Special Investigations.
We have a maximum of 20 licensed homes serving over 150 children. All FCC providers offer developmentally appropriate activities and nutritious meals for children from 2 weeks to 12 years following guidelines of the USDA Child and Adult Food Program. Resource and referral services are offered to parents in need of child care to include hourly, evening, and weekend care.
Family Child Care can offer a much more flexible alternative to the Child Development Center. Providers can offer Extended Duty Child Care Programs including, "Returning Home" Child Care, PCS Care, Retirement Care, and Volunteer Care which, if you qualify, are paid by the Air Force Aid Society and are free of charge to you. To inquire about these programs or to see if you quality, please contact the Airmen and Family Readiness Center (377- or the Family Child Care Office (377-3635). While you’re there, please be sure to ask about Play Pass, which is another great program which offers free child care and other discounts around base!
Contracts & Fees
The Family Child Care office does not regulate FCC provider's contracts or fees. The provider puts the contracts together and the fees for the parents to sign. Please take the time to read the contracts. If you have any questions about your contract please ask the provider before care begins. Make sure you understand the terms of the provider's contract fully to include your fees and when they are due. Once an agreement is reached by both yourself and the provider, make sure you sign and receive a copy of the contract for your own records. You may also want to request the provider's tax identification number so you will have it at tax time.
Air Force License & Accredited License
Family Child Care provides a choice to parents in the care they select by offering Air Force licensing or a National Accredited level of licensing. The two levels of licensing ensure that parents will receive care that protects their children's health and safety. The Accredited providers are nationally recognized by the National Association of Family Child Care. The Accredited providers have gone through extensive training and observations. Currently we have one accredited provider.
Interested in becoming a Family Child Care Provider?
Being a Family Child Care Provider is a rewarding job. Part of being a provider is helping children grow and to provide the parents with a sense of security knowing that their children are in safe hand. The minimum requirements to become a provider are applicants must be at least 18 years of age, holds a high school diploma or GED, seeks continuing training and education, and is open to new ideas about family child care. Also all family members over the age of 12 must be able to pass a criminal background check. We provide training, lending library materials, and support to our Providers as they operate their own business. Our extensive training program teaches our Providers about child development, guidance, safety, nutrition and health, as well as business management.
We hold orientation classes monthly if there are sufficient applicants. The Family Child Care office is continuously seeking providers to offer evening, weekend and swing shift hours for our active duty patrons! Come by the office if you would like to become a professional Family Child Care provider or call us at (907) 377-3635.