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Child Care Program Charges

Ellsworth AFB, S.D. -- The Commander's Action Line is a forum for the Ellsworth community to make suggestions or voice concerns about Ellsworth directly to Col. Kevin Kennedy, 28th Bomb Wing commander. 


Col. Kennedy,

I was hoping you would be able to clarify why our child care programs bill us for all holiday's, snow days and wing down days? I just don't understand how an operation can still charge full prices for care we don't receive

Col. Kevin Kennedy
Col. Kevin

Thanks for your question. The fees that parents pay for care at the Child Development Center (CDC) and the School Age Care Program (SAP) are set to cover the cost of operating those programs, specifically the labor expense of the staff caring for children. Approximately 50% of the cost is subsidized with appropriated funds and the remainder must be covered with parent fees. If the program were to offer credit for holidays, snow days or wing down days, we would have to increase weekly fees to cover the existing labor expense.

On holidays and inclement weather days, the non-appropriated fund employees are in a paid status and the fees charged for those days are needed to cover the cost of that payroll. We credit ACC family days because the staff are either on paid annual leave or leave without pay. The cost of the annual leave accrued over the payroll year is factored into fee setting procedures. Neither program gives a credit for local productivity days because the programs remain open.