Child and Youth Programs

Child Development Centers | School Age Care | Family Child Care | Youth Center | Youth Sports

Child Development Centers

Niko Niko CDC

Building 334
Phone • 634-5263

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 pm

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Wakaba CDC

Building 132
Phone • 632-7420

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 pm

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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.

Child Care Referral
Child Care Referral Office
Building 1850
Kadena DSN • 632-7693

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

School Age Care

Himawari SAC

Building 439
Kadena DSN • 632-0202 or 634-0382

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 pm

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Shima No Ko SAC

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

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 pm

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School Age Care

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.

Family Child Care

Building 1850
Kadena DSN • 634-0514

Main Office Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 8 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday • Closed

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What is Family Child Care?

The Family Child Care (FCC) Program at Kadena Air Base provides quality and dependable child care in a safe and healthy home environment. The Air Force defines FCC as care provided for a child in on-base quarters, other than the child’s own home, for more than 10 hours a week and on a regular basis.

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

• Full-time care
• Part-time care
• Drop-in/hourly care
• Care for shift workers or those who regularly work non-traditional duty hours
• PCS Care of up to 20 hours of free child care for Air Force families when PCSing in or out after sponsor is pre-approved by the Air Force Aid Society
• Extended Duty Care for registered patrons of any of Kadena’s Child Development Centers or School Age Care programs who need temporary care in excess of the standard 10-hour day contracts, during hours when their current child care is not operational or during short-term TDYs.

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

All Family Child Care homes on the installations must be certified to operate by the Mission Support Group Commander. Unlicensed care is classified as providing 10 or more hours per week for children in your home. Non-compliance is subject to consequences such as housing privilege loss.

Who can participate in the FCC program?

If you are interested in working out of your military housing while staying at home with your children, then being a certified Family Child Care provider may be just for you!

To find out more about FCC space availability or to obtain information on becoming a certified provider, please contact the FCC Coordinator, Geraldine Horton at 634-0514 or stop by the FCC office, building 1850 on Kadena Air Base. The FCC Coordinator can also be reached at: or at

Child Care Referral
Inside Shima No Ko SAC
Building 1850
Kadena DSN  • 632-7693

To enroll your child in SAC program visit Child Care Referral, or call for more information!

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.

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.

Youth Center

Building 1849
Kadena DSN • 634-0500

Hours of Operation

Front Desk
Monday – Thursday • 9:30 am – 7 pm
Friday • 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday • 9 am – 5 pm

Recreation Room
Monday, Wednesday – Friday • 2 pm – 6 pm
Tuesday • 1 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays • Closed
No school days & half days • Noon – 6 pm

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The Youth Center is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA) and sponsors activities, events and services designed to meet the recreational, social, psychological and educational development of youth ages 9 to 12 years. We offer a wide range of educationally enhanced programs, instructional classes, and events for children and youth on Kadena. The Youth Center provides a safe and fun environment supervised by a caring and well-trained staff. Youth Center members will enjoy a host of fun events and programming like:

• Dinners, games and social activities
• Special events for the entire family
• Educationally enhanced programs
• Computer lab
• Nightly programs
• Classes in areas such as ballet, gymnastics and martial arts

All weekly clubs are for children ages 9 to 12 unless otherwise specified.

Art Club
Join us and explore your creativity!

Book Club
Join us as we read books together while discussing everything that was read. Members will also get to take trips to the Kadena Library. The more you read the more prizes you could earn.

Cooking Club
Want to learn how to cook your family a good meal? Join us and get the chance to learn how to prep a meal from the grocery store to the table!

Culture Club
Join us and learn about different activities , cultures, and food from around the world.

Fitness Club
Get a chance to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle by eating, working out and having fun all at the same time!

Passport to Manhood
This program teaches young boys positive character, leadership and behavior. By following from the example of their amazing leader each member will learn the potential that they can have on themselves, their family, their community and ultimately the world.

S.T.E.A.M. Club
If you like science and things that make you say “wow” this club is a great way to experience just that. Come and get lost, learning about Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

SMART Girls Club
Aim high, girls! this program teaches young girls how to fined the potential thatchy have in themselves. Through an amazing club leader they will learn health, fitness, education and self-esteem enhancement to build the right skills for a better future, not just for them but for the world.

Torch Club
We provide youth opportunities to build skills in leadership and community involvement.

Daddy, Mommy & Me Classes • ages 18 months – 3 yrs old (parent assisted)
Pre-School Gymnastics • ages 3 – 5 yrs old
Level 1 Gymnastics • ages 5 – 18 yrs old
Home School Gymnastics • ages 5 – 15 yrs old
Level 2-5+ Gymnastics, Placement only • ages 5 – 18 yrs old
Tumbling, Placement only • ages 6 – 18 yrs old

Pre-Ballet • Ages 3 – 5
Pre-Ballet/Tap • Ages 3 – 5
Ballet • Beginners & Intermediate • Ages 5 – 18
Ballet/Tap • Beginners & Intermediate • Ages 5 – 18
Jazz • Ages 3 – 18 yrs
Hip Hop • Ages 3 – 18

Martial Arts
Judo • Ages 6 – 18

Piano • Ages 7 – 18
Guitar • Ages 7 – 18

Youth Sports

Building 499 (The Nakayoshi Youth Programs/Teen Center Complex)
Kadena DSN • 634-1384

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday • Closed

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Kadena Youth Sports & Fitness has been designated a Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider for 2018-2019.

We embrace all aspects of youth development by incorporating positive principles of recreation while meeting the needs of our diverse community. Our philosophy is that youth sports participants are most successful in environments that are positively challenging, supportive, safe and adult supervised.

This is achieved by creating a wide array of opportunities for youth to participate in organized recreational, social, educational, developmental and physical activities. Our emphasis is on participation by youth and teens in age-appropriate, individual and group activities throughout our respective programs.

For upcoming dates and signups, check out our monthly calendar, Venture Magazine, or like us on Facebook at

Parent Handbook
Coach Handbook

We Offer:

• Basketball
• Volleyball
• Soccer
• Baseball
• Softball
• Cheerleading
• Bowling
• Fun runs

Ready, Set, Run!
Ages 8 – 13

Ready, Set, Run! is a character-building running program that trains kids to participate in a 5k run. This cirriculum-based program equips kids with the physical training and goal-setting mentality needed to accomplish their running goals. This 10-week program covers:

• Enhancing Confidence and Self-Esteem
• Respecting Authority
• Dealing with Peer Pressure
• Proper Nutrition

Above all, kids will have a blast seeing what they are capable of acheiving!

It takes a special person to take time out of their day to coach. If this is something that interests you we want to hear about it! Opportunities are always available for coaching. If you wish to get involved, pick up an information packet at Youth Sports and Fitness or call us with any questions you may have. Game on!

Child Care Referral

Building 1850
Kadena DSN • 632-7693

Hours of Operation
Monday – Friday • 9 am – 3 pm
Saturday & Sunday • Closed

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Child Care Referral is your source for all childcare information on Kadena. We work with all of the child care facilities and offer wait list services as well as forms and information.

We service:
• Child Development Centers
• School Age Care
• Give Parents a Break
• Parents’ Night Out

If you missed us during our hours of operation, please e-mail This e-mail is regularly monitored.

This program is designed to provide child care for active duty Air Force families with deployed or TDY spouses, and those with special hardships.

How to sign up
Step 1 • Receive a referral from the Airman and Family Readiness Center, or contact your First Sergeant or Commander.
Step 2 • Contact Child Care and Referral!

Don’t qualify for a Give Parents a break referral but still want a night off? For $20 you can participate, too! Contact Child Care Referral directly.

• Open to all ranks and services.
• Space is limited due to a first-come, first-served basis.