Explore & Discover at the CDC
The Altus AFB Child Development Center provides care for children aged 6 weeks - 5 years old. The CDC is open for Date Night/Give Parents a Break on the 3rd Saturday of the month, alternating from 1000-1500 and 1830 – 2330. The CDC also provides hourly care on a space available basis. Reservations are accepted 2 weeks in advance. You may call 481-7502 to make reservations.
The CDC program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with the environment, peers, and caring adults. We respect each child’s unique interests, experiences, abilities and needs, thus allowing us to be responsive to and appropriate for each child.
The CDC staff members are a well-trained, caring group of people trained in:
- Early childhood development
- pediatric first-aid and CPR
- Fire prevention and safety procedures
Many of the CDC's employees have exceeded the Air Force requirements for training by completing their:
- Child Development Associates Credential
- College couse work in early childhood development
- Associates/ Bachelors Degrees
Parent participation is always welcome. The Parent Participation Group (PPG) meets monthly on the first Friday at 1200 at Club Altus. They help encourage new ideas as well as help create special events for the children at the CDC.
The CDC is the only daycare facility in Jackson County to hold an accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Additionally, the CDC is only one of two daycare facilities in Altus to be recognized by the State of Oklahoma as a Three-Star Certified Facility.
Active duty military, government employees and retired military are eligible to use the Child Development Center for the care of their children. Eligible patrons may use the CDC for the care of their family members ages 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Prior to admission, an AF Form 1181 (Child Care Permanent Record Form) must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian. Current and up-to-date shot records are required for all children before registering.
Become an affiliated childcare provider
Anyone who is a spouse of an active duty member who lives in privatized housing 18 years and over with a high school diploma may operate an Air Force (AF) licensed in-home child care business. All AF licensed Family Child Care (FCC) homes must register with Balfour Beatty Company (BBC) as operating a personal business in their home. Family Child Care is far from a simple baby sitting service, a provider can become a child care professional with the United States Air Force (USAF) Family Child Care Program. The Family Child Care Program and forms are now standard throughout the AF.
The AF FCC is always seeking qualified providers to provide superior quality child care to military and civilians on base to support the mission. For next to nothing, a provider can own a business, set your own hours, stay at home with your children, and best of all help other children develop and learn by creating a caring and loving environment. FCC providers and their families must be honest, reliable, and committed to support the Altus Air Force Base mission.
The FCC program offers extensive training in health, safety, and fire through briefings, CPR/First Aid training, menu planning through the USDA program, lesson planning and much more. In addition to the training, a provider has access to the AF Resource Center which allows a provider to set-up your family child care program in your home.
The Resource Center offers free equipment and learning tools on an on-loan basis. The Resource Center is fully equipped with a wide range of age appropriate items to include games, toys, safety, art supplies, portable cribs, child furniture and general day-to-day supplies. An AF licensed provider may take his/ or her experience to another base without going through another training period.
For more information or if you are interested in becoming an affiliated childcare provider, please call 580-481-7502.
M - F: 0630 - 1730
Family Child Care (M-F): 0800 - 2100
Facility Manager: Christine Matthews