Moving is never easy. Between out processing, packing and saying goodbye, stress is normal. The information on this page will help military spouses find new jobs and ease some of the headache that comes with getting your little ones set up with schools, the Child Development Center, Youth Center and much more.
Military families may request child care by visiting MilitaryChildCare.com. This Department of Defense website serves all military families seeking child care (including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care and school age care programs) and provides access to military-operated child care options world-wide. Families may search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, simplifying the process for finding child care.
Child Development Centers (CDC)
The Maxwell-Gunter Child Development (CDC) Program provides quality care for military and civilian children ages 6 weeks to 5 years (or until they start kindergarten). The program consists of two child development centers, one at Maxwell and one at Gunter Annex. Parents interested in contacting the programs may call 334-953-6667 or DSN 312- 493-6667 for the Maxwell CDC, or 334-416-3185 or DSN 312-596-3185 for the Gunter CDC.
School Age Program (SAP)
Both Maxwell and Gunter Youth Programs provide School-age Care. For more information on the Maxwell School-age Program, please call 334-953-6292 or DSN 312-493-6292. The Maxwell Program offers before and After School Care and summer/holiday camps. The Gunter School-age Program offers after school care and summer/holiday camps. For more information on the Gunter Program, call 334-416-1427 or DSN 312-596-1427. Both School-age Programs are accredited by the Council on Accreditation.
Youth Center Sponsorship Program
This program matches youth ages 9-18 coming to Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex with volunteer sponsors their own age. This will enable them to become familiar with the base and the surrounding area. We also work with children departing Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex for other bases. If you are leaving Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, we make every effort to contact your receiving base and get you a sponsor there. See the below link for information on becoming a sponsor and requesting sponsorship for Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex.
Child Care for PCS
The Maxwell Relocation Assistance Program offers the Child Care for PCS Program sponsored by the Air Force Aid Society. This program is intended to help relieve some of the stress felt by families in the process of a PCS move. The Air Force Aid Society will pay up to 20 hours of child care per child in certified Family Child Care homes or the CDC/Youth Center on base. Families with PCS orders are eligible to receive a certificate from the Maxwell Airman and Family Readiness Center relocation staff for use within 60 days of the family's arrival at the base.
It’s likely that employment will change when a move occurs, especially for military spouses. The information below will provide you with employment assistance information and resources available such as SECO, MyCAA and MSEP Portals.
The employment atmosphere in the Montgomery area is steady and growing. Reasonable commuting areas include Prattville, Elmore, Wetumpka, and Millbrook. Montgomery is the capital of Alabama with the majority of state government jobs (9,500 employees) located in this area. The Federal Government is the largest employer in the area due to Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base (12,700 employees). Baptist Health Systems employees over 4,000 employees and the Montgomery Public Schools employ 4,000 employees as well. There is a variety of employment opportunities on the installation and in the local community. For individual employment assistance for job opportunities on the installation and local community contact the Employment Assistance Consultant at the Maxwell Airman and Family Readiness Center.
Airman and Family Readiness Center
Employment Assistance Program
Job Search Strategies - helps customers prepare for a successful employment search.
Applying for Federal Employment - helps customers apply for federal employment
Employment Board - located within the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Hours available 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Employment Fairs - held once a year.
When you're moving, your to-do list can seem long enough to fill a packing box. But if your family has special medical and/or educational needs, help is available before, during and after your move. Enrollment in the Exceptional Family Member Program provides military families with special needs consideration during the assignment process and access to services to help navigate medical and/or educational support systems.
The Exceptional Family Member Program has three components
Identification and enrollment ensures that special needs – diagnosis, frequency of care,
medications and special accommodations – are documented.
Assignment coordination requires information about special needs to be taken into account
when the service member is considered for a new assignment.
Family support provides information and referral for military and community services, and
non-clinical case management services.
For more information on EFMP call the Airman and Family Readiness Center at (334)953-2353 or DSN 312-493-2353.
There is one Elementary/Middle School located on Maxwell AFB. Students in grades 4 yr old preschool - 8th grade who reside in permanent housing on Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex are entitled to attend the school located on Maxwell AFB. The school year consists of 180 days of classroom instruction beginning mid-August and ending the first week in June. Additional information on Maxwell Elementary School can be found on, https://www.dodea.edu/MaxwellAFBEMS/about.cfm.
Students living on base in grades 9-12 are zoned in the Montgomery County Public School System. Students at Maxwell are zoned for Carver Senior High School. Bus service is provided. Students living on Gunter are zoned for Lee High School, and bus service is provided.
FamCamp also stands as a designated area for permanent living quarters. This designation allows permanent residents within the camping area to attend Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary and Middle School. The official memo can be found here.
There are 88 public schools in a 25 mile radius of Maxwell AFB. Four county public school systems service this area: Montgomery County School System; Autauga County School System; Pike Road School System; and Elmore County Schools. Transportation is provided to students enrolled in the public schools. All County public schools are accredited by the State of Alabama and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A standard academic curriculum is available to students in all grades, and vocational centers serve those who are technically oriented. Innovative and challenging programs for the intellectually gifted and academically talented begin at the elementary school level and extend into high school where there are many advanced offerings. In addition, special schools serve blind, partially sighted, deaf, or partially deaf students. Speech therapy is available in all elementary schools, and homebound services exist for youngsters who are unable to attend classes. Special services are also available for students classified as having learning disabled and/or emotionally challenges.
The following websites will give you information on schools in each of the county school systems such as bus routes, meals, before and after school programs, sports, exceptional children programs, enrollment size, student/teacher ratio, grading system etc.:
* Montgomery County Schools – http://www.mps.k12.al.us/ or http://www.mps.k12.al.us/for_parents/military_families
* Autauga County Schools - http://www.acboe.net/
Autauga County Board of Education approved a flexible out of district enrollment pilot program for the 2019/2020 school year. The program will allow active duty military, civilian faculty at AU and civilian students attending AU with orders to Maxwell AFB and Gunter Annex the option to apply to enroll their child/children in selected schools within their district. Contact the School Liaison for additional information.
* Elmore County Schools - http://www.elmoreco.com/
* Pike Road County Schools – www.pikeroadschools.org or http://www.pikeroadschools.org/?DivisionID=20461&DepartmentID=29364
Pike Road School Board approved an out-of-district enrollment policy for children of active duty military who reside on Maxwell-Gunter. Contact the School Liaison for additional information.
Public Schools offer an engaging virtual learning experience to traditional public schools. Contact the School Liaison Officer for more information.
Montgomery Virtual Program - https://mvp.mciu.org/
Alabama Virtual Academy - https://alva.k12.com/
Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) has an outstanding magnet school program. The MPS Magnet Application for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on-line from 6 - 31 January 2020. (Note: You do not have to live in Montgomery County to apply, although if your child is selected and chooses to attend, you will have to live in Montgomery County – including Maxwell/Gunter – by the first day of school. This means that anyone can apply, regardless of where they currently live.) Initial acceptance emails will come out in late spring.
Students living on base in grades 9-12 are zoned in the Montgomery County Public School System. High School students on Maxwell are zoned for Carver Senior High School, bus service is provided. Students living on Gunter are zoned for Lee High School, bus service is provided.
LEAD Academy is the first charter school to secure approval to operate in Montgomery. LEAD Academy will offer K-5 education for the first year, adding grades every subsequent year until the school offers K-12 curriculum by 2024. Enrollment will begin with 360 available slots. The academy is scheduled to open in August of 2019. The school will focus on STREAMS: science, technology, reading, engineering, art, math and social/emotional learning.
Applications are being accepted now:
Autauga County (Prattville) and Elmore County (Wetumpka and Millbrook) Schools both offer out-of-district enrollment for military-connected children residing in the River Region if a parent is assigned to Maxwell or Gunter.
Pike Road Schools offer out-of-district enrollment for the children of military personnel who reside on-base.
There are also a number of boarding schools available in AL. Some of them offer FREE boarding school for AL residents, including AD military stationed in AL.
There are also a number of private schools, many with religious orientations, located in Montgomery and the surrounding areas. The area's independent and parochial schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools or by the Alabama Independent School Association.
There is a large population of homeschool students at Maxwell-Gunter AFB.
For information on Home Schooling in Alabama, contact the State Department of Education, School Safety, Discipline, and Attendance Division, P.O. Box 302101, Montgomery, AL 36130-2101, Phone 334-242-8165, Fax 334-353-5962.
Montgomery Public Schools - https://www.excensus-guidek12.net/montgomeryal/school_search/current/
Autauga County Schools - https://alabama.hometownlocator.com/zip-codes/countyzips,scfips,01001,c,autauga.cfm
Elmore - https://alabama.hometownlocator.com/schools/sorted-by-county,n,elmore.cfm