Child Development Center

Contact us

Please call the Front Desk at 510-437-2743

Hours of Operation

The CDC is open Monday through Friday from 0600 to 1700.

CDC closures include all Federal Holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans’ Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

The CDC will close at 4 pm on the following days:

  • Monday, July 3, 2017
  • Friday, September 1, 2017
  • Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The CDC will close at noon on the following days:

  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017
  • Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Friday, December 29, 2017

For the upcoming year, the CDC will also be closed on the following days:

  • Friday, July 21, 2017
  • Friday, October 6, 2017
  • Friday, November 24, 2017
  • Friday, February 16, 2018
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Friday, July 20, 2018
  • The CDC will close at noon on Coast Guard Day, Friday, August 4, 2017.
  • The CDC will close at noon on Coast Guard Day, Friday, August 3, 2018.

Philosophy and Goals

Through the process of maintaining NAEYC accreditation, the Alameda CDC has created a stronger and more committed team of teachers and administrators who work together to continually improve program quality. We would like parents to be included on our team, and your partnership is encouraged.

Children learn about their world through interpersonal relationships, exposure to diverse experiences and exploration in creative play, and we strive to promote their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development as well as their creativity, independence, and self-esteem in a safe, loving, positive, and nurturing environment. Every child is respected and accepted for his or her individuality.

Program Objective - Learning through Play

We strongly believe in the value of learning through play. For young children, meaningful and long-lasting learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play. All of our programs follow the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practices and use Creative Curriculum Gold ® to ensure appropriate content and assessments for Infants, Toddler, Jr. Preschool and Preschool children.

Classroom Programs and Services

The CDC offers five full-time programs for children aged six weeks through 5 years of age. They are as follows:

  • Infant Program: The Infant Program accommodates a maximum of 8 infants ranging in age from six weeks to approximately fifteen months. 
  • Pre-Toddler Program: The Pre-Toddler Program accommodates a maximum of 10 children ranging in age from roughly 12 months to 28 months. 
  • Toddler Program: The Toddler Program accommodates a maximum of 14 children ranging in age from roughly 24 months to 3 years. 
  • Jr. Preschool Program: The Jr. Preschool Program accommodates a maximum of 13 children ranging in age from roughly 2.5 years to 4 years. 
  • Preschool Program: The Preschool Program accommodates a maximum of 24 children ranging in age from 3.5 - 5 years. Once a child reaches six years of age, he/she is no longer eligible for enrollment at the CDC.
  • Part-Time and Hourly Drop-In Care: Part-time and hourly drop-in care is provided on a case-by-case basis, when space allows. To qualify, children must be registered at the CDC and have current immunizations. Reservations must be made in advance with the CDC and are granted on a first come, first served basis, in accordance with eligibility priorities listed on the following page. Fee schedules are available at the CDC. 

Staff to Child Ratios:

Staff to child ratios are established by the NAEYC as follows:

  • Infant 1:4
  • Pre-Toddler 1:5
  • Toddler 1:7
  • Jr. Preschool 1:7
  • Preschool 1:12


The Creative Curriculum Gold ® for Infant and Toddlers is a comprehensive curriculum that helps teachers achieve the very best program for children under three. Through this program we, provide interactions that are nurturing, consistent, and loving, along with experiences that are appropriately challenging so that infants, toddlers, and twos grow and flourish. The curriculum addresses assessment of each child’s development. Experiences for infants through two years of age range widely as they are child driven. They include routines and play experiences as follows.


  • Hellos and good-byes
  • Diapering and toileting
  • Eating and mealtimes
  • Sleeping and nap time
  • Getting dressed

Play Experiences

  • Playing with toys
  • Imitating and pretending
  • Enjoying stories and books
  • Connecting with music and movement
  • Creating with art
  • Tasting and preparing food
  • Exploring sand and water
  • Going outdoors

The Creative Curriculum Gold® for Jr. Preschool and Preschool fosters social development, physical development; cognitive development and expressive language development. Assessment areas of each child’s development and includes:

  • Literacy - vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books and other texts, and sources of enjoyment
  • Mathematics - numbers; patterns and relationships; geometry and spatial awareness; measurement; and data collection, organization, and representation
  • Science - physical science, life science, and earth and the environment
  • Social Studies - spaces and geography, people and how they live, people and the environment, and people and the past
  • The Arts - dance, music, drama, and the visual arts
  • Technology - awareness of technology, basic operations and concepts, technological tools, and people and technology.

Creative Curriculum Gold: Handouts for parents-click here. And click here for the presentation for parents.


The CDC accepts children without regard to sex, race, culture, religion, or national origin. Per HSWL SOP signed 10/2012, children shall be accepted according to the following priorities, as determined by the status of the parents(s):

  1. Single/dual parents, whether active duty Coast Guard/DoD or civilian Coast Guard employees.
  2. Coast Guard active duty or civilian employees with full-time working/student spouse.
  3. Department of Defense (DoD) active duty members/DoD civilians.
  4. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) civilian employees..
  5. DoD civilian employees.
  6. Honorably discharted CG veterans with 100 percent service connected disability and involuntary separated service members under honerable conditions enrolled in the Transition Assistance Management program and their family members.
  7. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) contractors.
  8. Military retirees.
  9. Community members.

Children will be admitted to the CDC according to the above criteria, though admissions may at times be restricted because of internal transitions, class sizes, and wait lists.

Children with special needs are eligible for CDC enrollment. Initially, a Child Health Form (CG-5484A) is completed by the child’s physician and submitted to the CDC. A Special Needs Resource Team (SNRT) then determines if CDC enrollment is appropriate for the child and how to best meet the child’s needs. If the SNRT determines a different environment would better suit the child, the CDC and Family Resource Specialist will make a referral.

Registration and Orientation

To enroll a child, a parent or guardian must first visit the CDC to discuss the program. Openings are filled according to priorities established by Congress (see Eligibility) and a registration/wait list fee is required to secure a space. Parents must complete the CDC’s registration packet before the child attends our program. The packet includes these forms and materials:

  • Registration Form
  • Child Health Form
  • Medical Consent Authorization Form
  • Field Trip Permission Slip
  • Meal Benefit Form
  • Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations
  • Family Information Sheet
  • Child Information Record
  • Household Income Worksheet
  • Photo Authorization
  • Child Development Center Contract

Each parent will have an orientation session before his or her child's first day at the CDC. All registration forms must be completed before the orientation is scheduled. Standard operations, procedures, policies and payment information will be reviewed at that time to ensure parents are comfortable with how the CDC operates and what is required.

It is helpful for the child to visit the classroom at least once before his/her first day. We recommend that parents refer to some of the reading material available in the Parent Library, and to ask staff for help with the transition.

Immediate Care Wait List *

We appreciate your interest in Coast Guard Island Alameda’s Child Development Center and hope we will be able to accommodate your child care needs in the near future. However, due to Fire Code restrictions and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards, we are required to limit the number of children enrolled at the Center. Maximum class sizes are as follows:

  • Infant Program - 8 infants (6 weeks to approximately 15 months)
  • Pre-Toddler Program - 10 children (12 to 28 months)
  • Toddler Program - 14 children (2 to 3 years)
  • Jr. Preschool Program - 13 children (2.5 to 4)
  • PreSchool Program - 24 children (3.5 to 5 years)

For the complete memorandum on the CDC Immediate Care Wait List Policy, call the front desk. Be sure to print, fill out and turn in Immediate Care Wait List Application Form.* Click here to see your progress on the Alameda CDC Wait List. Please call 510-437-2743 for more information and for estimated wait times.

Projected Care Waiting List Policy *

When a sponsor requests child care but space at the Alameda CDC is not immediately needed, he or she may be placed on the Projected Care Waiting List. Examples of projected care needs include but are not limited to:

  • Unborn children
  • Adoption pending
  • Custody pending
  • Out-of-area residents

Call the front desk for the full Projected Care Waiting List Policy. Be sure to include Request for Care Record, DD Form 2606.

* Most rooms have a wait list. Please call 510-437-2743 for estimated wait times.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is based on a sliding fee scale according to total family income (TFI). TFI is defined as all earned income including wages, salaries, tips, long-term disability allowance received by a family, pay for service in a combat zone, or any monetary payment or compensation, even if not taxable, that was received for providing services. Basic quarters or the in-kind equivalent and subsistence allowances are included. Standard BAH charts are used to include the in kind housing allowance. Geographic cost of living allowance (COLA), variable housing allowance (VHA), alimony and child support, temporary duty allowance, reimbursement for educational purposes, workers’ compensation or unemployment benefits are not included.

Parents must provide their last two LES and/or pay stubs at the time of registration to verify TFI. Once annual income is determined, the CDC Sliding Fee Chart is used to determine tuition costs. If parents do not wish to provide income information, they will be charged tuition from the highest category on the CDC sliding fee scale. Call the front desk for a copy of the sliding fee scale.

Tuition may be paid monthly or bi-monthly, in advance of the services. Monthly payments are due on the 1st of each month. Bi-monthly payments are due on the 1st and 15th of each month. A late fee of $20.00 will be charged when tuition payment has not been received within two business days after the payment due date. If the 1st or 15th falls on a holiday or weekend, tuition is due no later than 5pm on the second business day.

Tuition may be paid with cashiers checks, money orders, personal checks and automatic payroll deductions through Sea West Credit Union. Payments with cash or credit cards are not accepted. Receipts for tuition payments received are placed in each child’s notification pocket.

Subject to tuition payment are base closures and training days.

Tuition credits are not granted for any absences, including sick days, vacation, emergency closing, or staff training.

Parents must provide the CDC with a written, two-week notice prior to withdrawing their child from the CDC. Failure to give notice will result in a balance due of two weeks tuition. The MWR collection process will be used to collect delinquent fees owed the CDC.

Food Program

All children enrolled at the CDC will participate without charge in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CDC receives partial reimbursement for all meals served so it is imperative that parents complete all appropriate CACFP forms upon registration and renew them annually.

All children present during food service times will be served. No child will go longer than three hours without a meal or snack being offered. Children arriving after mealtimes will not be served.

  • Breakfast 0800 to 0830
  • Lunch 1100 to 1130
  • Snack 1400 to 1430

Menus are carefully planned to meet USDA standards and provide tasty, nutritious meals and snacks. They are posted weekly at the CDC and emailed to the parents.