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An afternoon with room 138

Crystal Emmons, a 28th Force Support Squadron program technician, reads to her class in room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. During the afternoon, the children enjoyed playtime, dance parties, reading and nutritious snacks – all before it was time to go home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Crystal Emmons, a 28th Force Support Squadron program technician, reads to her class in room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. During the afternoon, the children enjoyed playtime, dance parties, reading and nutritious snacks – all before it was time to go home. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Fox Brookins, the son of Capt. Ryan K. Brookins, the 34th Bomb Squadron assistant director of operations, reads along as Crystal Emmons, a 28th Force Support Squadron program technician, reads "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas" at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The book teaches children about giving to others during the Christmas season, while reading helps them to build language skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Fox Brookins, the son of Capt. Ryan K. Brookins, the 34th Bomb Squadron assistant director of operations, reads along as Crystal Emmons, a 28th Force Support Squadron program technician, reads "Pete the Cat Saves Christmas" at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The book teaches children about giving to others during the Christmas season, while reading helps them to build language skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Toddlers from room 138 dance to "Jingle Bells" at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. Daily dance parties provide the children a chance to dance, shake, exercise and work up an appetite. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Toddlers from room 138 dance to "Jingle Bells" at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. Daily dance parties provide the children a chance to dance, shake, exercise and work up an appetite. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Jaidyn Mastalski, the daughter of 1st Lt. Michael Mastalski, a 28th Maintenance Squadron avionics officer, eats peaches and yogurt during snack time at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The children at the CDC are provided with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Jaidyn Mastalski, the daughter of 1st Lt. Michael Mastalski, a 28th Maintenance Squadron avionics officer, eats peaches and yogurt during snack time at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The children at the CDC are provided with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Jackson Scott, the son of Staff Sgt. Matthew Scott a 372nd Training Squadron professional military education instructor, cleans his bowl after snack time at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The afternoon is not just fun and games; the toddlers are taught to wash their hands and clean up their play spaces. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Jackson Scott, the son of Staff Sgt. Matthew Scott a 372nd Training Squadron professional military education instructor, cleans his bowl after snack time at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The afternoon is not just fun and games; the toddlers are taught to wash their hands and clean up their play spaces. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Fox Brookins, the son of Capt. Ryan K. Brookins, the 34th Bomb Squadron assistant director of operations, plays during open playtime in room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. Open playtime gives children a chance to play creatively while developing their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Fox Brookins, the son of Capt. Ryan K. Brookins, the 34th Bomb Squadron assistant director of operations, plays during open playtime in room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. Open playtime gives children a chance to play creatively while developing their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Jackson Scott, the son of Staff Sgt. Matthew Scott a 372nd Training Squadron professional military education instructor, creates a block tower at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. Playing with building blocks promotes hand-eye coordination, motor skills and color recognition in young children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Jackson Scott, the son of Staff Sgt. Matthew Scott a 372nd Training Squadron professional military education instructor, creates a block tower at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. Playing with building blocks promotes hand-eye coordination, motor skills and color recognition in young children. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Ali Stegeman, a 28th Force Support Squadron child and youth program assistant, plays with children from room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. At the CDC, children are taught to share and play respectfully with others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

Ali Stegeman, a 28th Force Support Squadron child and youth program assistant, plays with children from room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. At the CDC, children are taught to share and play respectfully with others. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

After a long day of playing and learning, the toddlers make their way to another room to be picked up by their parents at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The CDC provides military parents with a clean, safe and loving place to bring their children while they work to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

After a long day of playing and learning, the toddlers make their way to another room to be picked up by their parents at the McRaven Child Development Center on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Dec. 6, 2018. The CDC provides military parents with a clean, safe and loving place to bring their children while they work to accomplish the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christina Bennett)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The children in room 138 at the McRaven Child Development Center enjoy an afternoon of learning, playing and dancing. The CDC provides military parents with a clean, safe and loving place to bring their children while they work to accomplish the mission.

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