Child Care Options
Returning Home Care
Open to Active Duty, Air National Guard or Air Force Reserve
Eligible personnel can get 16 hours of FREE child care for each child under 12 years of age after a 30 day minimum deployment in support of a contingency operation, after short-term deployments totaling 30 days in a six month period, or during members’ two week R&R leave from a deployed location.
Extended Duty Care
This program offers additional child care services when they are needed due to mission-related responsibilities.
You may be eligible if you are required to work beyond the 40 hour work week and are already purchasing 50 hours of child care. At least one parent must be a member of the U.S. military service, Active Duty, Reserve or Guard Member on Active Duty, dual employed (married to a civilian), DoD civilian employee or DoD contractor.
Interested parents must contact the FCC Coordinator for information on qualifications and required paperwork. Parents must provide written verification of need from their supervisors. Fees are waived until further notice.
PCS & Volunteer Care
The Air Force Aid Society recognizes the importance of volunteers to the Air Force community and will pay up to $280 a month per family for child care. All Air Force spouses who volunteer at official organizations in Misawa are eligible.
Additionally, all Air Force personnel that PCS in or out of Misawa are eligible for 20 hours of FREE child care per child within 60 days of their arrival or departure. Members need to take a copy of their orders to the Airman & Family Readiness Center for their FREE childcare certificate. For more information regarding these two programs, please contact the A&FRC
*PCS and volunteer care are provided within a licensed FCC home.
Become an FCC Provider
What is an FCC provider?
FCC providers are certified child care professionals who provide child care for children from infancy until school age in their homes. On Misawa Air Base FCC providers can only provide care on base. FCC providers typically offer a flexible schedule to support parents with a variety of care needs, including full-day, part-day, school year, summer camp, and in some cases, 24/7 and extended care.
How do FCC providers support the community and why we are looking for more people to become FCC providers?
Recruiting for new FCC providers
Applicants must be 18+, possess a high school diploma or GED and be able to proficiently read and write in English
Potential Income for FCC providers
Income depends on the number of children in care and the number of hours they are in care for the week. FCC providers can earn as much as $60,000 a year. This amount is a combination of both parent fees and the Air Force FCC Extended Child Care Subsidy program. Some FCC providers can even earn more depending on location and the type of care provided: 24/7, military spouse appointment, PCS, hourly, before and after school, Emergency Medical, and other applicable care.
Support provided to FCC providers
• New FCC providers are given a 40 hour free training week. Child care will be provided for free for applicants with children in another FCC provider home.
• FCC providers have access to a toy lending library, where they can use toys for their FCC business and change out the toys for different ones as needed.
• Most safety items will be provided (i.e. 1st Aid Kit, cabinet latches, gates, etc.) to safety proof the home and meet regulations.
• To help with questions or concerns we provide monthly home visits as well as monthly visits from the training specialist to help with children’s activities and curriculum.
• Providers who commit to providing care can participate in a Misawa housing incentive that would relocate the provider to a unit with two bathrooms and a yard.
How to get more information
Community Child Care Coordinator
Bldg. 653, Room 119 | Monday–Friday 7:30–4:30 p.m.
Tuesdays | Aug. 30, Sept. 27, Oct. 25, and Dec. 20
Applicants can ask questions about becoming an FCC provider as well as what to expect. It is highly recommended to bring your spouse along so they can be part of the process and ask questions.
The goal is to start the FCC training week a few weeks after the FCC Informational briefing.
Yoiko Child Development Center
The CDC offers full day and hourly care for children ages six weeks to five years old that have not yet started Kindergarten. We require written guidance from a physician, therapist, or other appropriate health care professionals.
Family Child Care
This program provides care for children ages two weeks to twelve years old in on-base housing. All FCC providers are licensed child care professionals. Licensed FCC providers are the only people on base who may provide care in government quarters for more than 10 hours per week on a regular basis.
Cheli School Age Care
Open to children from Kindergarten to sixth grade. Cheli SAC is open for full time care during school breaks.
Lunney Youth Center
We provide a safe, fun, and educational after school environment for children ages nine through thirteen. Annual memberships are available to for children which includes FREE access to multiple, daily Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4–H sponsored programs and clubs. After the first visit, memberships are required for children to attend the center.
Misawa Teen Center
We provide teens a fun, safe, and interactive after school and weekend environment for youth ages thirteen through eighteen. Annual memberships are available and include FREE access to daily Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4–H Clubs, specials events, and trips. After the first visit, memberships are required to attend the center to play video games, shoot pool, do homework, and much more.
Family Child Care
Bldg. 653, Room 119
Monday–Friday | 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
CLOSED weekends, federal holidays & PACAF Family Days