Child Development Centers
Providing more than just full day child care, the Child Development Program promotes active learning programs for children age 6 weeks to 5 years and has a vested interest in Maxwell’s future, our children. The physical environment protects children and supports a developmental program. Appropriate activities enhance the social, emotional, cognitive and physical development of children through the use of Creative Curriculum for children up to 3 years of age and Early Learning Matters for children over 3 years of age.
An adequate number of adults are provided to protect the health and safety of children and provide a nurturing environment. Meals and snacks are provided and served in a pleasant way to meet children's nutritional needs and instill good eating habits. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved; staff and parents talk regularly about the program and the care of their children. Fees for this program are determined using a sliding scale based on total family income, sanctioned by Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). In addition to full time care; hourly care and slot leasing may be available based on child absences from the program..
How to Apply
To request child care at Maxwell AFB, eligible patrons must use MilitaryChildCare.com. This secure Department of Defense website provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved child care programs worldwide. With MilitaryChildCare.com, you create an account and maintain a family profile that you can access at any time from any location. The profile stores your basic information such as sponsor name, contact information, family type, and child data. With this profile you can conduct a customized search for a wide range of child care options, request care across services, submit unlimited requests for care, and remain on waitlists for a preferred program even after being offered care by another program.
New pilot program!
Finding Short-term child care can be difficult. Kinderspot aims to make it easier.
How It Works
- Become a Verified User CDC Admin will verify all users to make sure they are eligible to share spots.
- Offer and/or Rent a Spot Week-long intervals can be offered and rented by children of the same age.
- CDC Handles the Payment Spot Renters pay their rate to the CDC directly, and Spot Holders are credited at their existing rate.
* DoD prioritization policy does not apply to enrollment in a temporary sublet/lease/rental space.
Offered for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age at any one of the four CDCs located on Maxwell. Hourly care meets the needs of customers who need care on an irregular basis such as short term care for a doctor appointment, to work out or to volunteer in the community, on a space-available basis. The requirements regarding eligibility, registration, and immunizations are the same as those required for full-day care.
Parent Advisory Board
Parents are always welcome to visit and assist with their child's care to the extent that their duty permits.
The parent Advisory Board/involvement is a committee of all the CDC programs in conjunction with other CYPs. The DAB acts only in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations for improving services. The Chairperson of the DAB is a parent.
The Parent Advisory Committee selects a chairperson. Each chairperson attends the Program Parent Advisory Board meeting. The Parent Advisory Board meets with the Airman and Family Readiness Center Flight Chief and Center Directors at least quarterly and with the Mission Support Group Commander at least annually. The minutes of the parent advisory meetings are forwarded to the Mission Support Group Commander for review.
If you are interested in attending your center's parent advisory committee, please see your center's director for more information.
Child Care Service Providers
The Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex Child Care Office is currently recruiting new providers. Prospective providers are trained, screened, and approved by applicable agencies. The Child Care Panel meets to approve or disapprove applicants. All orientation trainings are free and are held in the Child Care Office. Anyone who is interested in becoming a licensed Child Care Provider must contact the NAF HR Office.
Description of a child care provider:
Flexible/Full time hours
Coordinate and conducts activities for program participants
Promotes safe and healthy practices
Maintains professional attitude with children, parents, and staff
Inventories equipment/supplies for daily use
Develops social and physical skills for children
"The teachers here are just so wonderful. My child learns new things each day."
"My child's caregiver has been especially impressive. Her caring attitude and depth of knowledge in childhood behavior, activities and appropriate responses has really been an inspiration for our family. We have always enjoyed all the other caregivers but she really takes the cake! She stands out with all the information she gives us."
" I find the Center very family oriented and welcoming. The staff is always courteous and attentive. Thank you for taking care of my little one."
"I am very impressed with all of the teacher's my child has had. They have helped him excel at such an early age."
"Very happy with providers & facilities!!"
"I would like to receive more updates on what the children have done in structured activities in the classroom, more notes about how my child is meeting developmental goals."
"All the providers are very helpful and willing to discuss my child's needs."
"I love my son's teachers and all the other teachers in this building. They treat us like family and are all great at what they do. I would like us to be able to show them how much they mean to each of us more often. Time and money makes this hard for me alone, but management needs to take their hats off to the men and women of Maxwell Care. YOU ALL ARE THE BEST!!"