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?

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, Cynthia Huntsman 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

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.