Welcome to The Child and Youth Programs!

We have a number of great activities and programs for your children. Check out the Teen Center, Youth Center, and Youth Sports!

Child Development Centers

We offer full-day care, hourly care, Give Parents a Break and a summer kindergarten preparation program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We provide children an opportunity to learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers and caring adults.

We respect each child’s unique interests, experiences, abilities and needs, allowing us to be appropriately responsive toward each child. Children are valued as individuals and as part of a group. Our program supports the ideals, cultures and values of families in their task of nurturing children.

To enroll your child in a Child Development Center, visit Child Care Referral, or call for more information!

Niko Niko CDC

Building 334
Phone • 634-5263

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday • 7 am – 5 pm

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Wakaba CDC

Building 132
Phone • 632-7420

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday • 7 am – 5 pm

We have two nationally accredited School Age Care locations that provide quality school-aged care for children ages 5 through 12 attending elementary school on Kadena Air Base. We offer before and after school care with transportation to and from school. When school is not in session we provide all-day care. During winter, spring and summer breaks, we operate weekly camps, offering field trips, extended activities and many guest speakers.

Our School Age Care offers a chance for your child to explore his or her individual interests by empowering them to make responsible, personal choices. Our trained staff takes pride in offering a variety of Boys and Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA) and 4-H programming. Both School Age Care locations offer clubs and environments centered on the interests of the children.

In addition to the everyday activities, our School Age Care locations offer a 10-week summer camp with weekly field trips and endless hours at the base pool. We also have family events like spaghetti night, family chili cook-off, Soup-4-You and our popular ice cream socials.

Himawari SAC

Building 439
Kadena DSN • 632-0202 

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

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Shima No Ko SAC

Building 4081
Kadena DSN • 632-0265 or 634-1314

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 6:30 am – 5:30 pm

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What is Family Child Care?

Whether military or civilian, parents are more successful in performing their military mission secure in the knowledge that their children’s safety, health and wellbeing are protected.  Air Force Family Child Care Programs are designed to give parents that peace of mind.  A Family Child Care (FCC) home is a base home approved by the Mission Support Group commander to provide child care services to military families and civilians.

The care offered by licensed FCC providers is based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education.

FCC providers are certified, insured, and can support families in need of:

  • Full time Care
  • Part time Care
  • Hourly/Drop In Care
  • Extended Duty, Weekends, Shifts, Rapid mobilization
  • Expanded Child Care, such as care for PCS moves and TDY/deployments
  • Subsidy & After School Care


How are rates determined?

FCC providers are self-employed and set their own rates. Exceptions to this are the select in-home providers who voluntarily participate in the FCC Subsidy Program. In these homes, weekly rates are pre-determined by the MSG Commander and are based upon total family income (TFI).

Unlicensed Care

The operation of a Family Child Care home on Kadena AB must be approved and certified by the Mission Support Group Commander. Any individual caring for another family’s children in their own home for more than 10 hours a week on a regular basis must be licensed to provide care in on-base quarters. Unlicensed care on Kadena AB is a violation of base policy and may result in the loss of base housing privileges.

Who can participate in the FCC program?

Interested in providing quality in-home child care for our military and civilian community while establishing a rewarding professional career for yourself? Operate your own home-based business, set your own hours and be a part of our Child and Youth Programs Family!

To find out more about FCC space availability or to obtain information on how to become a certified provider, please contact the Community Child Care Coordinator, Cynthia Huntsman, at DSN: 634-0514, or stop by the FCC office, Building 1850 on Kadena Air Base.

The FCC program provides you with the opportunity to manage your own business, set your own hours and fees and provide quality in-home child care. The FCC program offers an extensive, free equipment and supply resource center that provides you everything you need to get started and maintain your business free of charge. Please note that if you are regularly offering care for children other than your own for more than 10 hours a week, approval is required by Family Child Care.

Licensing Requirements

  • Must be at least age 18
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Able to speak, read and write English
  • Good mental and physical health
  • Able to pass a comprehensive background check, including family members living in the home
  • $300,000 of home liability coverage insurance
  • Up-to-date immunization records and pet health certificate if applicable

Procedure to Obtain a License:

  1. Complete an application and return to the FCC office with a copy of high school diploma or equivalent.
  2. Complete an in-home interview.
  3. Complete reference verification through FCC staff and agency checks by Security Forces, Family Housing, Family Advocacy Life Skills and AFOSI.
  4. Obtain a letter of recommendation from sponsor’s commander/first sergeant and letter of clearance from school for any child over age 12.
  5. Complete program orientation training.
  6. Check out items from FCC Resource Center, set up home environment, and complete final inspections by Fire, Public Health, Safety, and FCC Coordinators.
  7. There will be a review by FCC panel of applicant’s record after all steps for licensing are completed.
  8. The FFC panel will make licensing recommendations to the Mission Support Group (MSG) Commander. Only the MSG Commander can approve, disapprove, suspend or revoke a license.

Additional FCC Information

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Extended Duty Care, Returning Home Care and PCS Care

Open to all patrons currently enrolled in a CDC or SAC program. Available for parents to children of all ages who need more child care than their current child care arrangements can provide for:

  • Mission-related duty
  • Extended duty days
  • Temporary shift changes
  • Rapid mobilization
  • TDY/deployment
  • Drill weekends/annual training
  • Working longer than 10 hours a shift

Please contact Family Child Care for more information.

How to start your Account

Information for the DAF Family Child Care and Expanded Childcare Program