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JB Charleston — Air Base Mikolajcik Child Development Center

1654 E. Jackson Drive, Building 227

JB Charleston, SC 29404........... 843-963-4366

The Brigadier General Thomas R. Mikolajcik Child Development Center, located in
Building 227, is a nationally accredited program certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offers top quality developmental child care services for the base’s youngest members.

The CDC strives to provide a safe and
nurturing environment while promoting the physical, emotional and intellectual development of young children.

Care offered includes developmental and educational care for infants, toddlers and preschool children ranging in age from six weeks to five years. The facility has 24 rooms with a maximum capacity of 304 children.

Child Development programs are available for dependents of active-duty military, Department of Defense and Non-Appropriated Fund civilian employees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Children of all active-duty military and civilians assigned to or supported by Joint Base Charleston have priority consideration for placement.

Family Child Care Program

2373 White Circle

JB Charleston, SC 29404........... 843-963-2546

The FCC program offers a variety of child care services for active duty military, reservists on active duty, DOD civilians/contractors assigned to JB CHS, and retirees. This includes full-time, part-time, drop-in/hourly, and weekend care. Providers are screened prior to affiliation and are monitored monthly to ensure children are cared for in a safe, nurturing environment. Providers living off the installation are also registered with the State of South Carolina. The program accepts children/staff with chronic health problems and special needs, including asthma, allergies, developmental delays, and children who are HIV-positive.

A list of current providers is available at the FCC office, Child Development Centers, Youth Programs, Airman & Family Readiness, Fleet and Family Services and your first sergeant’s office. Each provider functions as a personal business and as such, fees and policies may vary from provider to provider. Parents are highly encouraged to contact providers to discuss vacancies, fees, and contract policies.

Subsidy may be available for children two years old and younger to help pay fees until the child can be placed in the CDC. Fees are based on total family income. A current immunization record to include the annual flu shot is required for enrollment.

Twenty hours of free child care are available in a FCC home when you arrive/depart from
JB Charleston. A copy of the sponsor’s orders must be presented to the Airman & Family Readiness Center to receive a voucher.

Contact the FCC office to inquire if you are eligible for these additional programs: Extended Duty Care, Supplemental Child Care, Home Community Care, Returning Home Care and Child Care for Volunteers.

JB Charleston — Air Base
Youth Programs

2451 N. O’Neal Ave., Building 1993

JB Charleston, SC 29404........... 843-963-5684

Youth Programs at Joint Base Charleston on the Air Base is open to all family members of active duty military personnel, DOD civilian employees, and contract employees who are eighteen years of age or younger.

School Age Program Fees and Charges

The JB Charleston Youth Programs School Age Program is for children ages 5 to 12, designed to aid the working parents of children who would otherwise have to stay alone.

The program runs Monday through Friday and features structured and unstructured educational and leisure activities, including arts and crafts, games, sports, and cooking activities.

The actual cost to each parent depends upon the category in which they fall. The category ranges are set annually by DOD. Placement into categories is determined by total family income using the most current Leave and Earning Statement (LES) for the active duty member, and the most recent pay check stub for the spouse (If claiming status as a full time student, verification of class load is required at this time. A full time student is defined as one who is carrying 12 or more credit hours per semester. The Youth Program staff will annualize the information given.

Fees are updated annually (normally in October). Re-verification of income and student status (if applicable) by all program participants is necessary at this time.

Participants declining to provide the required information will still be able to obtain the service but will be charged at the category 9 rate.

USDA approved meals and snacks (when applicable) are provided to all participants.

Transportation is provided to and from local area schools. The following are the schools transportation is provided for:

Hunley Park Elementary

Lambs Elementary School

Eagles Nest Elementary

Fort Dorchester Elementary

Oak Brook Elementary

Windsor Hill Elementary

Joseph Pye Elementary

This program will not operate on federal government holidays, but will provide a full day program (6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for the Air Base and (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) for the Weapons Station when school is closed due to teacher workshops.

Note: Full day Winter and Spring Break Day Camps will be scheduled with adjusted rates.

Open recreation member
enrollment policies and cost

Forms needed for registration:

AF Form 88

Membership Fee:

Open Recreation $30, 12 months

Youth Social Programs

We are proud to continue our affiliation with our national partners, 4-H Club and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The Boys and Girls Clubs Movement is a nationwide affiliation of local, autonomous organizations. We will be working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to help youth from all backgrounds develop the qualities needed to become responsible citizens and leaders.

Using sound developmental principles, we offer diversified program activities in five areas: Personal and Educational Development, Citizenship and Leadership Development, Cultural Enrichment, Health and Fitness, and Social Recreation. Some examples would be:

Cultural Enrichment — Fine Arts Exhibits, photography contest, dance classes, arts and crafts, and painting.

Health and Fitness — FitFamily, ballet, tournaments, and sports clinics.

Social Recreation — Parties, dances, billiards/ping pong tournaments, amusement park trips, and field trips (bowling, skating, movies).

Character and Leadership Development — Keystone and Torch Clubs; Youth of the Quarter/Year

Personal, Educational and Career Development — Power Hour, Youth Employment Skills, mentoring programs and cooking clubs.

Note: Children 5 years of age and under are allowed to participate only in those activities organized specifically for their age group, such as special events and instructional lessons. Children 5 to 8 years old must be accompanied by a parent or sibling over 16 years old unless they are participating in an activity that includes continuous supervision by an adult.

JB Charleston — Weapons Station Child Development Center

Von Steuben Street, Building 1693

JB Charleston - Weapons Station, SC 29445

................................................ 843-794-7408

In a safe and healthy environment, the CDC providers offer experiences that enhance the total development of children’s physical, emotional, social and intellectual well-being. Children learn through hands-on experiences and active play. Each child is shown respect and given opportunities to develop self-esteem and self-discipline.

NAEYC-accredited programs

Age appropriate curriculum for children age 6 weeks to 5 years

Low child/adult ratio

USDA-approved meals and snacks provided

Active Parent Advisory Counsel

Open-door policy

Parenting classes offered throughout the year

Assessments completed throughout the year

JB Charleston — Weapons Station Youth Center

Chapel Drive, Building 788

JB Charleston - Weapons Station, SC 29445

................................................ 843-794-7809

Action-packed days are the “norm” at the JB Charleston - Weapons Station Youth Center, where hundreds youth from 5 to 18 years old, have fun every day! The Youth Center provides hours of activities for your family including dances, family nights, field trips, outdoor play, video games and more.

The program offers before/after school; before and after school; and all day care during school holidays, teacher in-service days and during school vacations for elementary and middle school children, kindergarten - fifth grade. Youth participating in before and after school programs or camps participate in a variety of higher level activities and field trips.

Recreational and teen programming for youth ages 13 to 18 years old focuses on development in the following areas: Character and Leadership, Education and Careers, Health and Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, and Fitness and Recreation.

Fun and sportsmanship are the winning combination at this athletics program for kids. Seasonal sports programs for children ages 4-18 years old soccer league in the fall, a basketball league in the winter, and baseball, softball and tee-ball leagues in the spring.