DVIDS – News – Holloman’s Child and Youth Program Passes Inspection, Offers New Incentives


Here at Holloman Air Force Base, caring for Airmen and their families is a top priority.

One of the most essential organizations on the base that contributes to this effort is the Children and Youth Program, comprised of the Child Development Center, the School-Age Care Program, and Child Care Centers. family.

The educators here allow Airmen to focus their efforts on Holloman’s mission.

“Our children and youth programs play a fundamental role in allowing their parents to go to work without worrying about the care their children will receive,” said Cathy Dobbins, flight manager of children and youth services at the 49th Force Support Squadron. “These centers are a haven for children to come and have fun and connect with others.”

In November, the base child care centers completed the unannounced 2022 annual higher headquarters inspection to assess their effectiveness in their programs and development efforts. Investigators observed environmental factors, lesson planning, and interactions between caregivers and children.

“They come in to make sure we’re in compliance with regulations from the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Accreditation Council,” Dobbins said. . “Across all children and youth programs, there has been no redaction in any category.”

To further improve the quality of care for children on base and continue the momentum of excellent care from our providers here, the Child Development Center has plans in place to build a brand new play area.

“Higher Headquarters will fund the construction of an outdoor play area for school-aged children,” said Rhonda Fowler, 49th FSS Youth Program Director. “It will give children an outdoor environment for different areas of learning, especially physical activity and social interaction.”

Members of the children and youth program have gone the extra mile to help support its carers through the Parent Advisory Council, a group of parents whose children attend one of the three centers, who work together to organize collections funds and events for children and staff. .

“The goal of the Parent Advisory Council is to involve parents in our program,” Dobbins said. “They help organize fundraisers to support our carers and create activities that they would like to see for the children. It’s a great support system for parents and caregivers.

There are new incentives for caregivers interested in joining Holloman’s incredible team of providers.

“Direct care staff can have their first child attend the center for free, and if they have more children attending the center, they get a discounted rate,” said Martine Lynch, director of the 49th Developmental Center. of the FSS child. “In addition to that, they are entitled to medical and dental insurance as well as paid holidays and vacations.”

The efforts and hard work of Holloman’s educators do not go unnoticed by parents and staff.

“We have an exceptional group of people here who adore our children,” Dobbins said. “It means everything to parents and we are looking for more energetic, flexible and enthusiastic people to join our team.”

For more information, visit www.hollomanfss.com/cdc or attend the CYP Career Fair at the Tays Center, Alamogordo on November 18, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Date taken: 11.10.2022
Date posted: 11.10.2022 12:09
Story ID: 433071

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