Office of Work-Life Programs :
Child Development Centers
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.
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.
The following definitions apply to the Child Development
- 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
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
The following websites provide information related to the Child Development
- American Academy of Pediatrics -
information concerning the physical, mental, and social health and
well-being for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults can be
- Care.com -
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
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
- https://www.ccrcca.org/resources/family-resource-directory/item/national-association-of-child-care-resource-and-referral-agencies. . Helps parents locate child
care in their area.
- National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families -https://www.zerotothree.org/. 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