Child and Youth Programs

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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!

Niko Niko CDC

Building 334
Phone • 634-5263

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

Check out our Facebook Page here

Wakaba CDC

Building 132
Phone • 632-7420

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday • 5:45 am – 6 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 or 634-0382

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

Contact Us: 

Shima No Ko SAC

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

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

Contact Us: 


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.

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

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!

• Parents’ Night Out

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.

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

Dear Kadena Child and Youth Program Families,

This is a very busy and exciting time for our School Age Care (SAC) and Teen Center programs. FSS would like to share some upcoming facility changes and important dates with you. Beginning early March, a few CYP facilities will be rezoned and movement of children/youth will occur. The facilities impacted will be Himawari SAC (building 439), Shima No Ko SAC (building 4081), and the Teen Center (building 499).

The reason for this rezoning is to resolve a long standing quality of life issue on our installation. The Risner Fitness Center is not large enough to meet the needs of Kadena; it is more than 60% undersized for the population served. The space in building 499 as an additional fitness center will help mitigate this need for fitness capacity. After an extensive, multi-Group effort, the solution that made the most sense was to repurpose the Teen Center as a fitness center (that was its original function) and relocate the Teen Center to a renovated wing in the Himawari SAC.

Starting March 16, 2020, students enrolled at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School (AEIS) will be zoned for Shima No Ko SAC. Special consideration will be given to families that have children attending AEIS and Bob Hope Primary School to move siblings to Shima No Ko. Some staff members familiar with the Himawari children will also move with our AEIS/Bob Hope students to Shima No Ko. There will be no changes for students currently zoned for Shima No Ko. Although your child will see some changes in staff and classmates, program services and activities at both SACs will remain the same. Bus transportation for Shima No Ko children attending AEIS and Bob Hope will continue to be provided. Our Teen Center will co-locate to the west wing of Himawari in late April or early May. While the SAC and Teen Center will be under one roof, the two areas will be completely separate to include separate entrances.

We certainly understand that change can present challenges and frustrations, but we want to assure you that your children will continue to receive the same high standard of care and programming. In order to address any questions or concerns you may have about this transition, 18 FSS and the CYP team will be holding two Town Hall meetings. We are working diligently behind the scenes to ensure a smooth transition for your children. If you have any questions prior to the Town Hall sessions, please use the contact information provided below. As always, our mission is to serve you and your children with quality, available, and affordable programs and services.

Rezoning Timeline:

19 Feb @ 1700, Rocker Enlisted Lounge – Town Hall meeting for Kadena SAC families

20 Feb @ 1700, Rocker Enlisted Lounge – Town Hall meeting for Kadena Teen Center families

11 Mar @1700, Himawari SAC family orientation at Shima No Ko

12-13 March, Himawari & Shima No Ko children familiarization period at Shima No Ko

16 Mar, Himawari children transition to Shima No Ko

16 Mar, renovation of Himawari west wing for Teens begins

Note: Teen Center move is predicated on the completion of the renovation project at Himawari which is estimated by 29 April 2020.

Please direct additional questions to Dan Aflleje, Youth Programs Chief at 632-0293, or Cathy Catling, Child and Youth Services Flight Chief at 634-2775.