Child Development Center I

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.
 
Both 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.
 

ELIGIBILITY

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.
 

APPLY FOR CHILD CARE    

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.  


HOURLY CARE

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 $4 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.  


GIVE PARENTS A BREAK

Military families are subject to unique stressors associated with military life, such as deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, recent transfer to the area, illness in the family, caring for a child with special needs or other circumstances/hardships. The Give Parents a Break (GPAB) program is designed to give family members a short break from parenting in order to help them deal with these types of stressful situations. This program is free for respite care referrals and $4 per hour for all other patrons. 

Eligible patrons include all children 6 weeks to 5 years of age who are not yet in kindergarten. Give Parents a Break is offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  Please make reservations three days prior to the date care is needed. Reservations can be made by contacting Austin's Playroom at 301-400-0118.