CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Child Development Center is equipped to care for children from 6 weeks to 8 years old. There is also an enrichment program available to preschool children ages 3 to 5 years old. Hourly care is available with reservations from ages 1 to 5 years old. There are a variety of payment options available. Normal hours are 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday for children 6 months to 5 years old. For children 6 weeks to 6 months old, hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The CDC is normally closed weekends and holidays; however, it is open on the third Saturday of the month for “Give Parents a Break.” For more information, call 940-676-2038.
FAMILY HOME DAY CARE
The Family Child Care offers quality programs to active-duty military, DOD civilians and contractors. Services are offered for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age through our program to include: full-time, part-time, hourly/drop-in, before- and after-school, weekend, evening, volunteer, PCS, extended duty, shift, subsidy and special needs care. Special needs care includes children with asthma, allergies, physical impairments, etc. For more information, contact the FCC office at 940-676-9023.
AIRMAN & FAMILY READINESS CENTER
The Airman & Family Readiness Center, in Building 962 at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I, serves as a focal point for assisting military members and their families, retirees and civilian employees. Core programs and services include: Personal and Family Readiness, Personal Financial Readiness, Transition Assistance Program, Air Force Wounded Warrior Support, Personal and Family Work Life Education, Employment Assistance, Relocation Assistance Program, Air Force Aid Society, Volunteer Resource Program, Exceptional Family Member Program — Family Support, School Liaison Officer, Casualty Assistance and Survivor Benefit Program. Plans are in the works to relocate the A&FRC, along with the Airman’s Attic, to Building 960. The A&FRC is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All services are free. Call 940-676-4358 for information and assistance.
The Airman’s Attic is in Building 962 on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Avenue I. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday. All items in the Attic are donated and are free. Donated items include clothing for the entire family, uniforms, books, toys, household items and small appliances. Furniture items are not available through the Airman’s Attic due to lack of space. Call the Attic or the Airman & Family Readiness Center at 940-676-4358.
SCHOOLS ON BASE
Two school districts serve the three Sheppard housing areas. Freedom Estates children attend schools in the Burkburnett Independent School District. Kindergartners through sixth-graders attend the John Tower Elementary School, within walking distance. Junior and senior high school students are bused to schools in nearby Burkburnett. Children residing in Wind Creek Village housing attend schools in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. Elementary students attend Sheppard Elementary School in the Wind Creek Village Housing area. Other students are bused to nearby Kirby Junior High School or Hirschi High School. Children living in Heritage Heights are bused to either the Wichita Falls or Burkburnett schools depending on the specific location of their assigned housing.
MADRIGAL YOUTH CENTER
Children of active-duty and retired military members, DOD and NAF employees can complete year-round programs of recreational, cultural, educational and social activities through the base youth programs. The center has a well-equipped gymnasium and game, computer, music, gymnastics and multipurpose rooms. Programs are for youth ages 5 to 19, with some instructional classes and sports programs. Summer and school-age care programs are available for children age 6 through sixth grade. These include crafts, physical fitness activities, tours, bowling, skating, swimming and outdoor fun. The center is the hub of youth sports programs, including Little League Baseball, T-ball, softball, flag football and basketball. Instructional classes include tap and ballet as well as piano. The School Age Care program recognizes the needs of working parents and their children and offers SAC as a year-round program. Youth programs offer a before- and after-school program, holiday camps, summer day camps and day camps for elementary intercession. Parents can visit the facility and meet the staff before making the decisions concerning child care. The program is open to all children in kindergarten through sixth grades for Sheppard, Kate Haynes and John G. Tower elementary schools only. The Youth Center office is open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and is closed weekends and holidays. Hours for open recreation during the school year are 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 940-676-5437.
The Human Resources Office (HRO) provides management and administration of the Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) personnel at Sheppard Air Force Base. The HRO advises and provides assistance to management in meeting personnel needs and solving personnel problems while ensuring programs and actions comply fully with the spirit and intent of laws, regulations and policies. The HRO also assists applicants seeking employment for various positions in the Force Support Squadron, inprocesses employees and maintains records for about 450 NAF employees.
The 82nd Force Support Squadron is always looking for friendly, outgoing people to work in its many facilities. Positions range from recreation aide to Child and Youth Development assistants to food service workers, office automation clerks and waiters. We no longer accept paper applications in person. All NAF positions may be reviewed and applied for through www.nafjobs.org. For more information, call 940-676-6394.