Child Development Centers
The Department of Defense takes great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided may vary by location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations.
Child development centers, or CDCs, generally offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Care is available Monday through Friday, with some locations offering options, such as extended hours, weekend care and respite care. Child development centers vary in size and larger installations may operate multiple facilities. Programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Naval Support Activity Panama City Child Development Multi-Age Program (CDMAP) services ages 6 weeks to 4 years old. Hours of operation is 0500-1900 Monday through Friday; occasional Friday nights are covered during scheduled Give Parents a Break Nights. For more information call DSN 436-4164 or 850-234-4764.
Family Child Care
Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.
FCC is the regular care of a child in the home of another family. Care is provided on a regular basis, usually 3-10 hours per day. Occasional baby-sitting is not considered FCC. In a FCC home there are no more than six children present. Persons who operate a FCC home must meet certain base requirements before offering care to children. Operating a FCC home in government quarters is a privilege granted by the Base Commander to persons who have satisfactorily completed training requirements, home inspections, and agency screenings. FCC is designed to ensure the health and safety of children being cared for are protected and the operation of such homes does not detract from the quality of life of Air Force families.
For a current list of FCC providers contact the Child Development Center at 850-283-4747.
Complete AF Form 3501 (Waiting List Form) available from your current Child Development Center to be placed on the waiting list prior to your arrival. The CDC maintains a list of certified Family Child Care Providers.
School-Age Care Programs
School-age care programs provide care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is offered before and after school, during non-school days and summer vacations. School-age care programs may be located in Department of Defense youth centers, child development centers or in other suitable facilities. All programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the Council on Accreditation.
The Child and Youth Program (CYP) offers before/after school care and day camps for ages 5-12 (5 year olds must be in Kindergarten). Hours of operation are 0500-0800 Monday through Friday for before school care and 1400-1900 Monday through Friday for after school care. Camps are offered with hours of 0500-1900 during summer months. Call 850-2344938 for information.
Requesting Child Care
Military families may request child care by visiting MilitaryChildCare.com. This Department of Defense website serves all military families seeking child care (including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care and school age care programs) and provides access to military-operated child care options world-wide. Families may search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, simplifying the process for finding child care.
Dynamic programs for youth ages 5 through 18 years are provided in approximately 300 youth and teen program facilities worldwide. A wide variety of offerings includes activities in physical fitness and sports, the arts, life skills, career and volunteer opportunities. Installation programs may also collaborate with other youth-serving organizations, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and USDA/4-H programs.
The CYP program offers open recreation for ages 5-12 during the school year, Monday - Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Call 850-234-4938 for information.
Our sports programs offer the opportunity to play team sports for school age children in street hockey, basketball, t-ball, and flag football. We also offer golf and tennis lessons. For ages 3-5 we offer the start smart sports programs in soccer, baseball, football, and basketball. Call 850-814-6367 for more information.
NSA Panama City sponsors a Summer School Enrichment Program, designed to provide career-related summer employment for outstanding high school students. These students work side-by-side with Station "mentors," engineers and scientists. The goal of this program is to encourage student interest in new and developing occupations and professions.
The Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department also hires youth ages 14-17 during the summer to work at the summer camp program, marina, auto skills, fitness center, and pool.
Youth Religious Programs
Currently, there are no Youth Religious Programs available at the installation.
Boy Scouts Programs
Please contact the Lake Sands District Executive at 850-784-1886 or toll free 1-888-485-3272.
Girl Scouts Programs
Please contact the Regional Director at 850-873-3999 or toll free 1-888-271-8778.
Our youth camps include a Fall Break Camp, Winter Break Camp, Spring Break Camp, and Summer Camp. These camps feature a variety of fun and educational activities including sports, crafts, science projects, performing arts and field trips.
Throughout the year, Youth Services hosts a number of events at the installation, to include:
- Trunk or Treat - October
- Family Holiday Dinner - December
- Daddy Daughter Ball - April
- Spring Fling Event - Easter Weekend
- 4th of July Event - 4th of July weekend
For more information about youth activities available, you may call 850-234-4938 or (DSN) 312-436-4632.
We have a youth sponsorship program for middle school and high school children that meets quarterly and for special outings. This is a great program for children that are new to the area. For more information call 850-814-6367.
The teen program is open from 1400-1900 Monday through Friday. Camps are offered during the summer. This is for ages 12-18. For more information call 850-814-6367.