The Department of Defense takes great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided may vary by location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations.
Child development centers, or CDCs, generally offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Care is available Monday through Friday, with some locations offering options, such as extended hours, weekend care and respite care. Child development centers vary in size and larger installations may operate multiple facilities. Programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
The Los Angeles AFB CDC is located in the El Segundo facility. There is no CDC at Fort MacArthur. The CDC is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and it participates in USDA Food Program. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in the child care fee. There are closed circuit TV cameras in all rooms.
Parents may become involved in their child's CDC activities by volunteering spare time being a part of the Parent Advisory Board.
Hours of Operation
The center is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
This program is for children of military members and DoD civilians. Children ages 6 weeks through 5 years (if they are not in kindergarten) are served. When demand exceeds space available, a waiting list is maintained and referrals are made to alternate child care programs.
To apply for child care before your arrival at Los Angeles AFB, you will need to visit www.MilitaryChildCare.com and create a user profile for your family. Once completed, you will be able to request care for your child(ren) in the appropriate age group(s).
A current immunization record and proof of military or DoD dependency is required to enter the program.
Families are prioritized on the waitlist based on their military and/or working status. Additionally, the spouse’s working and school status is required to ensure the highest priority patrons are provided care as soon as possible.
Types of Care
The CDC offers full-day child care from 0630-1800 (11.5hrs) to 6 week to 5-year-old children of military and DoD civilian families. The goal of the CDC is to provide a safe environment, enriching experiences with attentive care for children at an affordable price.
The CDC does not have slots dedicated to part-time or drop-in care requests.
Fees are charged on a fee scale based on total family income and guidance from the Department of Defense Families are placed in one of 9 fee categories, based on total family income. Families will be asked to provide their most recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) and/or pay stub. In accordance with federal guidelines, BAS and BAH or in-kind equivalent is added together with earnings to determine the fee category. Fees are reviewed annually every October.
The fees cover normal operating hours (up to 11.5 hours per day based upon facility operating hours) Monday through Friday, including meals and snacks.
The content of our early childhood curriculum is developmentally appropriate for the age and ability of each child being served. Our program components encompass language concepts, fine and gross motor skills, perception, pre-math, reading readiness, music, dramatic play, self-help, social skills and kindergarten readiness. It is a creative curriculum which recognizes and addresses the many facets of the developing child.
All children need to experience nurturance, love and consistency, sensory, movement, exploration, interaction with others, comfort, challenge and stimulation. These help develop the child’s feelings of security and trust, self-worth and self-identity, curiosity, creativity, and captive involvement with people and the world.