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Child Development Center located off Independence Ave across from the Columbus Club at 225 State Loop.


Darlene Pilesky, Child/Youth Programs Training & Curriculum Specialist and Family Child Care Coordinator
Office hours: M-F 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Phone: 662-434-3041 or 662-434-2479



  Welcome to the Columbus AFB FCC Program webpage. Our Family Child Care Program is currently inactive, however, if Hunt on-base housing residents are interested in establishing an in-home child care business, applications will be accepted. This info is provided to answer your questions and give you a quick reference on how to become a licensed FCC provider. The USAF Family Child Care Program affords child care professionals a stay at home business opportunity and is a wonderful child care alternative for children and parents.

Columbus AFB currently has no licensed in home child care providers.

Please be aware that anyone providing regularly scheduled child care in their on-base home for 10 or more hours per week is required to be FCC licensed. Licensing requirements have been established to protect you and your childís well-being.

You may choose to hire a child care professional to come into your on-base home to care for only your child(ren) on a regular basis or we recommend you contact our Child/Youth Programs for your child care needs listed below:
Child Development Center: 662-434-2479
Youth Center School Age Program: 662-434-2504

Applications accepted from Hunt on-base housing residents. CAFB needs a minimum of 3 applicants to establish an FCC Program. Becoming a licensed Family Child Care provider can be a rewarding in-home career with long lasting benefits. At a nominal start-up cost to you, you can operate your own home-based business, set your own hours and be with your own children while receiving ongoing professional child care training. And as an added benefit your credentials follow you wherever you go, making your home-based business portable. When you PCS you can move your business along with your family. You can make a difference by providing quality, affordable child care in a home setting. If interested in becoming a licensed FCC provider, please contact our FCC Coordinator at the Child Development Center for more information.

Becoming a licensed FCC provider requires a commitment from you and your family. The application and license process includes requirements for you and your family as you plan to have a child care business in your home.



At least 18 yrs old
Read, speak and write English
Physically and mentally capable of providing child care
Willing to complete required initial and ongoing training
Willing to agree in writing to provider requirements
Able to obtain required liability and auto insurance to operate a home child-care business

Your Substitute
1st five above plus:

Complete New Provider Orientation and required updates
Willing to serve as sub for more than 1 provider
Covered by providerís insurance policy or has his/her own insurance policy

Documentation Requirements to be licensed
Written request and approval to conduct home business in Pinnacle-Hunt on-base housing
Statement from mil memberís sup or cc
Statement of conviction signed by all household members and sub
IRC-household members (12+) and sub: Initial and Annual
DCII-household members (18+) and sub: Initial and every 5 years
Statement from school for any children in home 12+: Initial and Annual
Family Interview
Completed application with 2 Professional or Educational References
Health Assessment: Initial and every 2 years
Provider, sub and household members have proof of required immunizations
Provider gives proof of insurance coverage and effective date before opening for business


At least 24 hours before being licensed to include:
AF Module 3 Infant Safe Sleep
Pediatric First Aid/CPR Appropriate Guidance
AF Policies and Regulations Fire Prevention and Evacuation
Business Operations Diapering/Toileting
Health & Safety Activity Planning/Learning Environment
Food Safety USDA-meal planning; nutrition
Child Abuse Id and Prevention Special Needs

After being licensed
Successfully completes at least 1 training module each month
Participates in ongoing training as needed
After completion of AF Module Training- at least 24 hours of annual training

Home requirements
35 sq ft space per child in home
No more than 6 children including providerís children under age 8
No more than 2 children under age 2
Your children are part of your home child care program

Home inspections conducted by Fire, Safety and Health task certified inspector for initial license and annually
Unannounced inspection conducted annually by AF Child and Youth Program Inspector
Home inspection conducted monthly by FCC Coordinator and/or AFS Flight Chief

Business documentation
Provider maintains all required self-inspection, child records, USDA program records


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