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School Age Care Program

FUN, safe, and convenient child care makes life easier for today's active family. The 92 FSS School Age Programs at Fairchild AFB offers Before and After School-Age Care Monday - Friday as well as full-day care during Medical Lake District breaks (summer, winter, spring).

Our Favorite Subject is KIDS!

Fairchild's school age children are separated into two categories: primary (ages 5-8) and pre-teen (ages 9-12). Childrens daily activities feature age appropriate activities including art, science, drama, outdoor play, homework time, and more.

  • 4-H
  • Science Club
  • Fine Arts
  • Imagemakers
  • Club Tech
  • Smart Girls
  • Passport to Manhood
  • Triple Play
  • Night Hoops
  • Healthy Habits
  • Lifeskills
  • Drama Club

Child Care Options

School-Age Care offers several different options for care such as Before School Care, After School Care, Before and After School Care, and Hourly Care. Also during spring, summer, and winter break, they offer full-time care with a variety of activities and fields trip.

Before & After School Care

This program is available for children from ages 5-12 at Fairchild AFB. Transportation from Michael Anderson Elementary is provided.

Enrollment & Fees

To enroll, please visit to register. Once you are offered a slot, you will be sent an email to accept. You will then come to the program to complete all necessary paperwork. Your child must be current in all immunizations including the flu shot.

Fees are based upon income. Parents must provide proof of income to determine fees.

Special Needs

Give Parents a Break

GPAB is fully funded for active duty Air Force member by the  Air Force Aid Society.  AF families are eligible for GPAB with a valid voucher.  All registration must be received by noon, the Wednesday prior.  To complete enrollment, make sure to register early at CDC (509) 247-2403 or School Age Care (509) 247-5601.

Parents Night Out

PNO is open to all with base access for only $20 per child per night. All registration must be received by noon, the Wednesday prior.  To complete enrollment, make sure to register early at CDC (509) 247-2403 or School Age Care (509) 247-5601.

Start your career with military kids!

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- Child & Youth Program Assistant
- Education & Training Technician
- Food Service Worker
- Cook
- Operation Clerk

Benefits for all employees

- Training, mentoring, and professional development
- Career advancement opportunities
- Tuition Assistance
- FREE use of Fitness Center with state of art equipment and variety of classes
- Affordable campus-style dining at Warrior Inn
- Paid Federal Holidays
- Subsidized child care rates

Additional benefits for Full-Time employees

- Health & life insurance
- Paid leave
- Retirement & 401K benefits

Frequently Asked Questions


How do I request childcare? (MCC) is a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care. This site will allow families to search for and request care from a wide range of military operated and military subsidized child care options across all Services to include Child Development Centers, School Age Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Additional benefits from Child and Youth Programs (CYP) are standardized procedures for effective waiting list management, expedited placement of children and youth into available programs, and enhanced daily operations for programs.
Why do parents have to pay for child care when their child is sick?
The program’s costs of operating the center do not decrease when one or more children are absent in a room. Unless at least half of the children are absent, the same number of staff must be present to ensure the health and safety of the children. The fees collected from parents are used to pay the care giving staff and those costs do not decrease because of the absence of a few children.
Why are the fees at off-base centers cheaper in some areas?
There are several reasons why the fees at some off-base centers may be lower than the Air Force child development or school age programs. Many off-base centers do not provide infant and toddler care or, if they do, provide only a few spaces for these age groups. These age groups are the most expensive to provide care because caregivers can care for fewer children. Most Air Force centers devote up to half (or more) of their spaces to infants and toddlers, therefore, the overall cost of operating is higher. Secondly, staff:child ratios (the number of children for whom one caregiver can provide care) are different. In many states, the number of children per caregiver is much higher than the Air Force considers necessary to provide good care for children. Finally, off-base centers may pay low wages and not be concerned about high staff turnover; some off-base centers pay minimum wage and have very high staff turnover. The Air Force believes it is important for children to be taken care of by the same caregiver from day-to-day. The caregiver gets to know the child, establishes an emotional bond, and is more aware when the child is coming down with a potentially life-threatening illness. Paying caregivers enough to minimize staff turnover reduces the amount the Air Force has to spend recruiting, screening, and training caregivers and saves parent’s money in the long run.
Why does child care cost so much?
Caring for children is an expensive service because it is labor intensive, especially, for infants and toddlers. Over 50% of the total cost of providing child care and 95% of the cost paid by parents is for caregivers. Child care fees include 10 meals and up to 10 snacks per week. The actual cost of the child care part of the fees (not counting the value of the meals and snacks) is less than $3.00 per hour for those in Category IX.
What happens if a family refuses to provide proof of income?
Families will be charged the highest weekly fee.
How is family income determined and what forms are required for verification?
The May 2014 Application for Department of Defense (DoD) Child Care Fees, DD Form 2652, or electronic equivalent will be used to verify total family income (TFI) as defined in Department of Defense Instructions (DoDIs) 6060.02. For the purposes of determining child care fees in the Department of Defense Child Development Programs, TFI is defined as all earned income including wages, salaries, tips, special duty pay (flight pay, active duty demo pay, sea pay), active duty save pay, long-term disability benefits, voluntary salary deferrals, retirement or other pension income including Supplemental Security Income (SSI) paid to the spouse/partner and Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits paid to the surviving spouse before deductions for taxes using the individual’s most recent W-2 or Leave and Earning Statement. TFI calculations must also include quarters subsistence and other allowances appropriate for the rank and status of military or civilian personnel whether received in cash or in-kind. Programs should not include alimony, child support received by the custodial parent, SSI received on behalf of the dependent child, reimbursements for educational expenses or health and wellness benefits, cost of living (COLA) received in high cost areas, temporary duty allowances, or reenlistment bonuses. Do not include cash awards, bonuses, or overtime pay in TFI calculation. TFI includes the appropriate Non-Locality Basic Allowance for Housing with Dependents Rate (BAH Reserve Component/Transit (RC/T)) for all members, regardless of whether they live in government housing or off-installation. Programs will use the local BAH rate in locations where military members receive less than the BAH RC/T allowance. For dual-military living in government quarters, include BAH RC/T of the senior member only; for Defense civilian OCONUS, include either the housing allowance or the value of the in-kind housing provided. Note that the BAH RC/T rate is based on the calendar year. Programs will use the appropriate year’s rate when calculating fees.
Why are the fees based on total family income?
Rather than basing the fees on military rank, the fees are based on a family’s ability to pay. Total family income is a better yardstick since it takes into consideration all income available to pay the child care bill. Additionally one of the purposes of the military child care program is to improve the economic viability of military families. Those families with the lowest incomes are those most in need of assistance with their child care expenses.
What services do families receive for their fees?
Fees are based on a typical Monday–Friday operation which hours total 50 or more. SAC fees are adjusted based on the number of program hours provided. Meals (breakfast, lunch and a snack) are included.
How are fees determined?
The fees are set by DoD to pay approximately half of the total cost of providing the care. The Military Child Care Acts of 1989/1996 directed parents to pay approximately half of the cost of care. Fees are set high enough to only cover the costs not paid for by the taxpayers.
How do I enroll for Before & After School care, day camp, etc.

Parents register their children through Parents will create an account, then search for Fairchild AFB School Age center and complete a request for care. Once they have submitted a request for care will populate our waitlist with the child’s priority. If a spot is currently available then the parents will receive an offer of care from us, then they would simply accept the offer and complete the enrollment packet. If a space is not currently available then the child will remain on the list until either a space becomes available or until care needs identified by the parent are no longer current. One important note is that parents have only 48 hours to accept if an offer for care is presented. After 48 hours the offer for care expires, we with withdraw the offer and move to the next child on the waitlist.

Start a Career in Child Care

Come Grow With Us!

Fairchild AFB Child & Youth Programs is actively hiring full-time and part-time positions within our Child Development Center, School Age Care, and Teen Center.


  • 100% FREE child care for 1st child
  • 25% reduction on child care fees for 2nd child
  • Training, Coaching, & Professional Development
  • Health & Life Insurance for Regular Employees
  • Paid Leave & Holidays for Regular Employees
  • Retirement & 401K for Regular Employees
  • Career Advancement Opportunities
  • Subsidized Child Care Rates
  • Tuition Assistance
  • Hiring & Retention Bonuses

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School Age Care Programs

200 W Castle St, Fairchild AFB, WA 99011

(509) 247-5601

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  • Mon - Fri
    6:30 am - 6 pm
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