Child Care Programs at Iwakuni Japan Marine Base
Children, Youth and Teen Programs: Programs for children of all ages including after school programs, activities and more. Child care is offered at the Child Development Center (CDC) on base. They have full-time contract care as well as hourly care. It seems the situation with CDC child care is constantly a topic of discussion among parents, so if you have children 0-4 years old, I would recommend speaking with someone else who has young children now to see what the current situation is before making a decision.
CDC (Child Development Center): Provides child care for infants six weeks to five years old not currently enrolled in school. Hourly care is offered when available. They also provide special child care events.
School Age Care: Before and after school programs for children 6-12 as well as day camps during summer and winter breaks, no school days, and the Camp Adventure Program during summer.
Youth and Teen Information: MCCS provides information for programs through the Boys and Girls club, teen and youth outings and more.
Off Base Child Care: Great place to find off base daycare or preschool for your kiddos. You can set up also set up an interview for a local Maho-san (ask around for references) with a simple phone call or email.
Many parents choose to send their pre-school age children to one of the Japanese “Yochiens” that are off-base. Most of them have a bus that comes to the base to pick up/drop off. The buses are designed to look like animals, or a train, or something fun to make it more enjoyable for the kids to ride in. Again, talk to others who have little children that may help you to decide which is best for your situation. Here are the popular ones:
Kawashimo Yochien ph# 21-0725 (bus comes to MCAS Iwakuni to pick up)
Seibo Yochien ph# 22-9743 (this is a Catholic Yochien).
Megumi Yochien ph# 21-4344
Chuo Yochien ph# 31-7212
Minami Yochien #ph 31-8009
Iwakuni Yochien #ph 41-0574
On Base Sports: Semper Fit Youth Sports offering sports from baseball, basketball, flag football, cheer leading and soccer. The registration form is found on the link.
Classes on Base: Dance (ballet, Latin), gymnastics, martial arts, and group fitness.