Child Development Centers (CDCs) provide full- and part-day early care and education (ECE) services for children ages 6 weeks through preschool (or until the child enters kindergarten) in a center-based learning environment.
All centers are accredited or pursuing accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The Center also holds Department of Defense certification and participates in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program for breakfasts, lunches and afternoon snacks.
CDC professionals use The Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies to provide developmentally appropriate activities that nurture children socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually to reach child development milestones and school readiness skills.
CDC facilities are open to children of active-duty service members, active reservists, Department of Defense employees and DoD contractors. The sponsor must provide proof of eligibility and employment.
Military families seeking child care within Naval District Washington can make a request online at MilitaryChildCare.com. MilitaryChildCare.com is a DoD, centralized website which allows families to search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, making it easier to find child care. Simply create an account online at MilitaryChildCare.com. Then search the system for the child care options that best fit your needs and submit your request(s). The program will contact you when space becomes available.
To get started, visit MilitaryChildCare.com. For questions/support, call 855-696-2934.
Make payments, hourly care reservations and so much more online through CYP Online Services! Hourly care is available on a first-come, first-served basis for children 6 weeks to 12 years old. The cost is $7 per hour. New patrons must complete a registration packet before using the online system. Download a registration packet here or pick one up at your local center.