Child and Teen Services Overview
A full of array of programs are offered at both Spangdahlem and the Bitburg Annex. We have two child development centers as well as two American youth activity centers. The Spangdahlem and Bitburg programs mirror each other so all of the children can reap the same benefits. The membership carries all through USAFE centers once a family has become a "member" of the CDC and/or AYA.
Child Care Programs on the Installation
Due to the lack of off-base child care facilities, it is highly recommended you think about child care issues before PCSing to Spangdahlem. Both CDCs and the school age care programs have waiting lists. We encourage you to place your child or children on the appropriate waiting list as soon as possible. Spangdahlem also has a family day care program, which strives to meet the diverse needs of the military community.
Child Care Programs in the Community
Off-base child care is normally through a private contract with an individual. No formal community programs outside on-base or government-leased housing exist at Spangdahlem.
Spangdahlem and Bitburg's elementary, middle, and high schools are part of the DODEA, Brussels District. These schools have been fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school population consists primarily of children of American military and DoD civilians. There are a few tuition-paying students who enroll on a space-available basis. Many of these students have a foreign-born parent and are bilingual.
For more information, visit http://www.eu.dodea.edu
School Age Care
This program is for children from 6-12 years old with before-school care, after-school care or both available. The SAC program is open every Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Hourly care is provided on a space-available basis.
Summer brings full-day programs, where children are involved in trips and activities such as visiting castles, zoos, parks and swimming pools in the German community. When not taking trips children are kept busy with arts and crafts, reading and math centers, sports and fitness, and walking to nearby parks. An outdoor basketball court and several baseball fields are available to allow the children to exercise and enjoy the nice weather.
The chapel offers a variety of programs for children and teens. These groups are assembled based on interest. Base chapel programs include: Protestant Youth of The Chapel, Catholic Youth of The Chapel, Bible Study Groups/Religious Education, Sunday Schools/CCD, Young Life Groups, Teen Bible Study, Gospel Youth Choir, and AWANAS.
For specific information on any of the programs listed, call the chapel at DSN: 314-452-6711.
Clubs and Social Life
There are many organizations on base and in the community for children to get involved with. The AYA is the most centralized source for them to learn what is available. The chapel, 52nd Force Support Squadron, Red Cross and schools are other sources to assist your kids in settling into their new home.
To get them excited to move to Spangdahlem, visit your family support center and ask the relocation office to request a sponsor for your child or children, or contact the 52nd FSS Youth Programs Flight at DSN: 314-452-6238.
Recreation and Sports
See the DoDEA Schools, Eifel Youth Programs, Information Tickets and Tours, Outdoor Recreation, Community Activity Center, private clubs and organizations for sporting or recreational opportunities.
The Eifel Youth Programs, chapel, Information, Tickets and Tours and schools all sponsor activities throughout the year. For more information, visit the base and community events
Spangdahlem Youth Programs supports children and teens with a variety of activities, programs and sports. There are AYAs at both Spangdahlem and the Bitburg Annex. They offer programs and services to children 5-18 years old, to include pre-teen, teen and school age care programs. Instructional classes are also available for children, including gymnastics, dance and Tae Kwon Do.
There is a newly renovated theater on Spangdahlem showing movies every Wednesday- Sunday. This is the first Exchange theater in the world to have 3-D capabilities and full digital audio and video.
There are also four video rental facilities on Spangdahlem and the Bitburg Annex.