The 86th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center on Ramstein opened an annex Monday close to their current CDC facilities to allow room for more children.
Volunteers gathered at Bldg. 800 to pull weeds, pick up trash and move furniture to help with the nearly finished project.
“The new annex is the last phase of an on-going, early-intervention project that started in 2008,” said Shaquita Ponder, 86th FSS Airman and Family Services deputy flight chief. “Over $2 million was given to the installation to increase child care (availability).”
The new annex gives the CDC the ability to accommodate 32 more children. The CDC wait list has been as long as 200 children but is now at 12, Ponder said. Additionally, with the increase in child capacity, there will also be an increase in staff.
“We are consistently seeking professionals in the area who are interested in the early childhood field; and, with the classrooms being added, we will definitely be seeking more employees,” said Melissa Gironda, 86th FSS CDC assistant director. “If someone would like to apply, they can go online to www.nafjobs.org. The have to be able to read, write and speak English, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be at least 18 years old.”
Ponder said that with the increase in space, completion of the project and seeing the volunteers help support
the community, the Ramstein CDC staff is excited to see the facility finally open.