The purpose of Give Parents a Break (GPAB) and Super Saturday is to offer families a few hours away from the stress of parenting and use the time to suit their personal needs.
Give Parents a Break and Super Saturday
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) recognizes that today’s Air Force families face unique stress due to the nature of military life from deployments, remote tours, to extended working hours. Families are often separated from spouses as well as their extended family members who might otherwise offer support.
The purpose of Give Parents a Break (GPAB) and Super Saturday (SS) is to offer families a few hours away from the stress of parenting and use the time to suit their personal needs. Program will be held at the Child Development Center (731-2417).
Note: GPAB program is not to be used to simply provide “free child care” but rather as a program to help commanders, first sergeants, and other base officials help families who need temporary relief from the challenges of parenting.
GPAB and Super Saturday is usually offered one Friday or Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm. Children age 6 weeks to 8 years will attend the Child Development Center.
Active duty Air Force families eligible to use the GPAB program include:
- Families with a deployed spouse
- Families with a spouse on an extended TDY or required to work extensive extended shifts
- Families experiencing a family crisis such as: birth of a baby, serious illness of a family member, death of a family member, or ** extended illness of a family member
**Family Child Care is also available for families who meet the criteria for Emergency Medical Care. Contact the FCC office at 731-2116 for further information.
- Families with other circumstances or hardships
Families who do not qualify for GPAB can use the Super Saturday program. The fee is $5.00 per child/per hour or $20.00 for the day. Payment is required at time of registration and is non-refundable.
Participation in GPAB requires a referral voucher from the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC). A Squadron Commander, 1st Sgt, Chaplain, Medical personnel, or Family Advocacy staff must provide a written recommendation to A&FRC in order for a family to receive a voucher. Call A&FRC at 731-4900 for further information.
Ages of children accepted
The program is open to children ages 6 weeks to 8 years.
Pre-registration at the CDC is required by NOON on Thursday prior to the session. Before using GPAB or Super Saturday, families must complete an AF Form 1181 for the CDC. Forms are available at the CDC, and all children must be current on immunizations. Call the CDC @ 731-2417 for further registration information.
2018 Schedule (all on Saturday except as noted):
Friday, Dec 7: 5 – 9 pm.
Jan 12: 10 am – 2 pm, Feb 9: 10 am – 2 pm, Mar 16: 5 – 9 pm, Apr 6: 10 am – 2 pm, May 4: 10 am – 2 pm, Sept TBA, Oct 5: 10 am – 2 pm, Nov 2: 10 am – 2 pm, Dec 6: 6 – 9 pm
A late fee of $1.00 per minute/child will be charged if parents are late picking up their child(ren). GPAB parents are responsible for paying any late fees as that is not covered by AFAS.
For more information
The Air Force Aid Society POC @ Airman & Family Readiness Center
7911 Goddard Dr.
The Child Development Center
6225 Maple Street