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Office of Work-Life (CG-111)

Office of Work-Life Programs : Child Development Centers

Program Eligibility
CG CDCs accept children from six weeks through twelve years of age, on a space available basis. Some programs, depending on availability of space and staff, may offer service for children first through sixth grade. The following priorities will be used to determine CDC enrollment eligibility:

a. CG active duty personnel, CG civilian employees (paid from either appropriated or non-appropriated funds), and Public Health Services (PHS) Officers who are on active duty orders to the CG;
b. Active duty members and civilian employees of the Armed Forces (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force);
c. Federal employees;
d. Contractors and community members.

Within priorities (a) and (b), eligible active duty and civilian employees will be accepted equally upon the date of their application and the following criteria:

a. Single parents whether active duty, civilian or PHS Officers on active duty orders to the CG.
b. Dual active duty and or married civilian employees (working outside the home) or PHS Officers on active orders to the CG.
c. Active duty, civilian, and PHS Officers on active duty orders to the CG with a spouse actively seeking employment.
d. Active duty, civilian, or PHS Officers on active duty orders to the CG with a spouse attending full time school (enrolled a minimum of 6 credit hours for spring and fall semesters and/or 6 credit hours of summer).

Within priorities (c) and (d), applications will be accepted based upon priority and the date of application. Priority (d) applications may be offered services so long as their children do not exceed 50% of available space and eligible federal recipients have priority over them.

The CG does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, disability, color, religion, or national origin.

Purpose of Program
The purpose of the Child Development Center Program is to provide onsite quality child development programs at an affordable rate.

Program Confidentiality
Discussions of the information provided to enroll a child in a Child Care Program are revealed only to persons with a need to know as defined in the privacy act statements that accompany the enrollment forms.

All discussions between a parent of a child enrolled in the Child Development Center Program and the Child Development Center Director and staff members are confidential, with the exceptions as indicated above.

Definitions
The following definitions apply to the Child Development Center Program:

  • Child Development Centers are facilities that provide on a regularly scheduled basis, developmentally appropriate programs designed to foster social, emotional, physical, creative, and intellectual growth to groups of children from age 6 weeks to six years of age. Before and after school programs and summer programs may be provided on a space available basis.
  • Developmental Programs are planned programs of activities that are appropriate for the age and development level of the children involved. These activities promote the social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive development of children.
  • Accreditation is an acknowledgement by an outside nationally recognized early childhood accrediting agency that it meets standards of quality child care..
  • The Parent Committee is a group of persons with an interest in child development programs, the majority of whom are parents of children attending child development services programs. This is not a policy making group, but a group that may provide recommendations for improving the operation of the center. The committee also supports the center through participation in field trips, holiday events, playground improvement and other special activities.

Services and Resources Available
The following services and resources are available within the Child Development Centers Program:

  • Quality child care services for children six weeks through five, with summer programs available in some locations
  • Parenting information
  • Referrals to special services

Program References
The following references provide details of the Child Development Center Program:

Requesting Services or Resources
These services or resources can be obtained by contacting the Family Resource Specialist at your Regional Work-Life Staff. Regional Work-Life Staff. Work-Life Staffs are located at Integrated Support Commands CG-wide and at the Headquarters Support Command. Child Development Center Directors may be contacted at the Child Development Center.

Related Websites
The following websites provide information related to the Child Development Centers Program:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics - http://www.aap.org/. Current information concerning the physical, mental, and social health and well-being for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults can be found here.
  • Care.com - http://www.care.com/care-p1081-landing-qx_qs|1.html?domain=kidscount.net. Babysitting, Nanny, Child Care, Tutoring, Pet Care, Senior Care Providers and Jobs at Care.com where you can search our network of pre-screened caregivers, view video interviews or post a job. You can also contact the best caregiver for your family. Get a free background check on any provider.
  • Consumer Product Safety Commission - http://www.cpsc.gov. This site has information on recalled products and a special site for children with safety games.
  • Child Care Subsidy Program - Flag Voice 375 (available through a CG Workstation on CG Portal)
  • Coast Guard Subsidy Program - USDA Program Administration
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - http://www.naeyc.org. The site provides listings of NAEYC accredited child care centers by location and is a source for books and brochures on early childhood education.
  • National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - http://www.childcareaware.org/.  Helps parents locate child care in their area.
  • National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families - http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer.  Articles promoting the healthy development of babies and toddler can be found here.
  • Parents.com - http://www.parents.com. Committed to helping parents with the adventure of raising children.

Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Child Development Services Specialist or the Family Resource Specialist on your Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the Headquarters Dependent Care Program Manager, Mr. Ken O'Meara at (202) 475-5160 or by email at Kenneth.R.O'Meara@uscg.mil.