Family Child Care
Watkins-Das Learning Center
1520 Goodson St.
Building 3660, Room 101
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4 p.m
Closed Weekends, Federal Holidays & Family Days
Our goal is to make quality child care available to military members and Department of Defense employees so they are able to successfully perform their mission duties, secure in the knowledge their children are being cared for in a safe, healthy and loving environment. Family Child Care provides an alternative to child development center care for families in need of evening or weekend care, swing and midnight shifts. Our providers care for children with special needs, infants, and school age children. Our program offers spouses an opportunity to contribute to the family income while caring for children in their own home.
The Extended Duty Child Care Program enables families to obtain high-quality child care from licensed or affiliated providers, at or near their base when weekly parental workloads (due to longer duty hours) exceed their typical 50-hour child care arrangements. Child care provided is for non-traditional hours, i.e. evenings and weekends at no additional cost to parents. The EDC initiative also helps parents with “child care emergencies” when their regular source of child care is not available. Other approved use includes spouses of deployed or TDY members needing child care, created in part by absence of spouse, as well as FCC providers that have medical appointments or need substitute care on a limited basis.
- Extended duty days beyond those hours provided in child care centers
- Temporary shift changes
- Rapid mobilization
- On-base mission related duty
The program is administered through the Airman & Family Services Flight. The Family Child Care Coordinator supports the program by ensuring childcare providers on the installation are screened, trained and licensed to provide childcare. The coordinator monitors the homes and conducts unannounced inspections during the extended hours of operation.
If you are interested in enrolling your child in the program, please complete the AF FCC ECC form and drop it off to the Family Child Care office. For more information, call 919-722-7194.
Child Care for Volunteers
Recognizing the importance of volunteers to our community, Air Force Aid Society provides funding for Child Care for Volunteers who engage in supporting programs, which benefit our community. Although some exceptions are applicable, it is our desire to support as many volunteers as possible that work at a variety of agencies throughout the base. For more information, call the Family Child Care Office at 919-722-7194 or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 919-722-1123.
Child Care for PCS Program
This program is designed to help relieve some of the stress felt by families who are in the process of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move. Co-sponsored by the Airman & Family Readiness Center and Air Force Aid Society, the program offers up to 20 hours of childcare, per child, in licensed Family Child Care homes. Families may receive certificates at their departure base and the base they arrive to. If issued at departure base, certificates are valid within 60 days of departure; and 60 days of arrival if issued at the new base. For more information, contact the Family Child Care Office at 919-722-7194 or A&FRC at 919-722-1123.
Eligibility and Participation
Children, infants through 12 years of age, of any active duty military personnel or Department of Defense civilian employee are eligible to receive care.
Benefits of Using Family Child Care
- Care for children as young as 2 weeks in a home environment
- Providers are trained and licensed to offer quality child care services
- Homes conveniently located in base housing
- Care for special needs children available
- Fewer number of children in care
- Flexibility for shift workers
- Free child care for base volunteers through Air Force Aid Society Child Care for Volunteers Program
Families at Seymour Johnson AFB have access to a Department of Defense (DoD) website designed to simplify and improve the child care request for care process.
MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC) provides a single online gateway for families to access military-operated or military-subsidized child care options worldwide across all Services. The site enables families to create a household profile, conduct child care searches, submit requests for care, and manage their requests at any time and from any location. It offers a more streamlined approach to finding and requesting care, expedites placement through a standardized request process and waitlist management tools, and provides reports that help programs better plan for future placement needs.
Through MilitaryChildCare.com, eligible families can search and request care for full day and part day options in facility-based and home-based programs for children from birth through age 12. Families may remain on a preferred program’s waitlist even after being offered care or enrolling in another program.
For additional information, go to MilitaryChildCare.com or contact the Help Desk by calling the toll free number, 855.696.2934 or emailing FamilySupport@MilitaryChildCare.com.
NOW SEEKING: Individuals with big hearts, patience and overflowing love
We are calling on you, our military spouses to join us in making a difference in the lives of our children and families.
Family Child Care is recruiting individuals who enjoy working with children requiring lower ratios for special needs (this may include asthma, cerebral palsy, physical impairments, SDHD, ADD and autism). Seymour Johnson currently has numerous families needing assistance with Special Needs children. If you are interested in lending support to these children and parents, Family Child Care is the place for you. We offer the following:
- Free personalized training from top-notch professionals, which may be transferred to child development and youth programs
- Self-employment with personal and monetary benefits
- Access to a free lending library with toys, materials and reference books to get you started
- CPR/First Aid certification
- Child Abuse awareness/prevention training
- Monthly visits from FCC Coordinator and flight trainers
- Support and assistance from the base hospital
To reserve your slot in our next FCC orientation, call 919-722-7194.
***Family Child Care is available to affiliate with off-base providers licensed by the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education.
This program accepts children, employment of staff and approval of providers with chronic health problems including HIV positive individuals.
Interested in becoming a FCC Provider? Provider Orientation Training required! Classes held at the Family Child Care office located in the Education Center, room 101. Must register at least one week in advance; call 722-7194 for details.
Minimum requirements to become a FCC Provider: Must be 18 years old and have military affiliation with base access. Have the ability to read, write and speak English. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent. Be physically capable of providing child care. Complete orientation training. Be able to obtain own liability insurance. Satisfactorily complete installation, state and federal background checks.
*Free Provider Orientation training classes are offered bi-monthly. More classes may be added based on demand.
Unlicensed Family Child Care Hotline
Operating a Family Child Care Home is a privilege granted by the Mission Support Group Commander. All individuals who provide childcare in their home over 10 hours per week must be licensed. Unlicensed childcare is a violation of Air Force and Seymour Johnson AFB guidelines and may result in the loss of government housing privileges.If you suspect someone of providing unlicensed day care, call 919-722-7194.
National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) website provides valuable information on the Air Force’s Growing Spaces initiatives as we continue our efforts to support families seeking affordable, quality care when on-base care is not available or nearby.