Child Development Centers

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When military families think of child care, they usually only think of the Child Development Center (CDC) on the installation. Currently, the Department of Defense (DoD) runs 800 Child Development Centers worldwide, caring for military and DoD civilian children. Full-day, part-day, and hourly care in these centers are generally available for children ages six weeks to 12 years.

Fees are subsidized by DoD and calculated on a tiered scale based on total family income. Military CDCs have become the industry standard of excellence, and nearly 93 percent are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The convenience and quality of installation centers has resulted in wait lists at most locations. Wait lists are managed at the installation and are based upon local priority policies. When moving to a new duty station, families who want care at the Child Development Center should expect to make alternate child care arrangements until a CDC space opens.

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