Family Child Care
Services & Equipment Available
The Family Child Care Center is located on base at 2373 White Circle. The Family Child Care program is an on-base child care service that offers home day care and serves both the Air Base and Weapons Station of Joint Base Charleston. Many Joint Base Charleston parents are not aware this program exists. At Joint Base Charleston our providers have been approved by the Mission Support Group Commander to operate a licensed child care program in their home. FREE child care for deployments and UTA weekends available.
Family Child Care Licensing Class
March 17-18, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We are looking for interested spouses living on JB Charleston to provide child care in their home to attend the Family Child Care Licensing Class. Space is limited. Prior signup is required by March 6. Applications may be picked up at the FCC office or CDC. Call (843) 963-2546 for more info.
**Anyone providing child care in their on-base residence for more than 10 hours per week is required to be licensed by the 628th Mission Support Group commander.**"
Providers are able to care for children age 2 weeks - 12 years who are dependents of active duty military, active reservists, retirees and DOD civilians assigned to Joint Base Charleston. Each provider goes through an extensive training process to become a provider, and is certified in CPR, First Aid, and Food Handling.
Prior to licensing, they are trained in Child Development, Health and Safety, Child Guidance, Nutrition, Child Abuse, Neglect Prevention and Recognition. Background record checks are completed through the Medical Facility, Housing, Security Forces and OSI. After licensing, a monthly unannounced program inspection and quarterly USDA inspection are conducted in each home to ensure Air Force guidelines are being followed.
Each provider is a private business. They set their own fees and charges, as well as hours of operation. Parents are required to sign a contract, and provide a copy of the child's current immunizations and AF357 the first day a child is in attendance. Subsidy programs are available for children 2 and under. Fees are based on total family income.
To find out when the next two-day licensing class to become a provider will begin, please call Sherian Vickers, the FCC Coordinator, at 963-2546.
While a child is enrolled, parents can expect to have developmentally appropriate activities planned for them each day.
There will be a variety of activities to include both inside and outside learning opportunities. Some providers even plan field trips for the children. Nutritious, USDA approved meals and snacks are served to all children age 1-12 years who are present at serving times without any additional cost. A copy of the weekly menu and activity plan is always posted in each home.
Spouses of active duty members who live off base, and spouses of retirees will be eligible to participate in the JB Charleston Family Child Care program by affiliating with the on-base program.
If you would like more information about the FCC program, please call Sherian Vickers, FCC Coordinator at 963-2546