Child Development Centers
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.
Family Child Care
Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.
The Family Child Care Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years. These self-employed providers operate their home independently in compliance with strict Air Force policies, including frequent inspections and close monitoring by the Family Child Care staff. Extensive background screening and orientation training must be completed prior to licensing. Full time, part time, hourly, weekends, extended hours and school age care is available, depending on the provider. Families may live in base housing or in the community.
A list of family child care providers residing is available at the Child Development Center, Youth Center, Airman & Family Readiness Center, and published in the Force magazine. For more information about family child care or on becoming a family child care provider, call 310-653-6802, DSN 312-633-6802.
A lending library is available for age-appropriate toys and books, and books and videos on child-rearing topics.
School-Age Care Programs
School-age care programs provide care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is offered before and after school, during non-school days and summer vacations. School-age care programs may be located in Department of Defense youth centers, child development centers or in other suitable facilities. All programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the Council on Accreditation.
Requesting Child Care
Military families may request child care by visiting MilitaryChildCare.com. This Department of Defense website serves all military families seeking child care (including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care and school age care programs) and provides access to military-operated child care options world-wide. Families may search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, simplifying the process for finding child care.
Dynamic programs for youth ages 5 through 18 years are provided in approximately 300 youth and teen program facilities worldwide. A wide variety of offerings includes activities in physical fitness and sports, the arts, life skills, career and volunteer opportunities. Installation programs may also collaborate with other youth-serving organizations, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and USDA/4-H programs.
Youth Sponsorship Program
Children and teens relocating to Los Angeles AFB may want a personal contact to talk to them about all the activities available on base and in the area. Send your name, address, age, and a list of your special interests and skills to the Youth Program, 2901 Arthur MacArthur Rd, Building 425, San Pedro, CA 90731. Your name will be given to someone with similar interests and you will receive a letter of welcome.
The Teen Center and the Youth Center at Los Angeles AFB are the best in the Air Force, a model for all other bases! The Youth Programs are partner-shipped with 4-H Club and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. The Los Angeles Air Force Base Youth Program is a recreational program in which youth can develop and acquire life long skills and hobbies through enriching experience that are physically and mentally challenging. The staff supports youth facing daily issues and concerns by guiding children to develop independence, self-discipline, and creative, thoughtful solutions.
The Pre-Teen Program is designed for youth 9-12 years old. Activities are varied and incorporate the following: Sports, Table Games, Computer/Homework Center, Field Trips, and BGCA Torch Club Members. The Pre-Teen Club is located at Fort MacArthur in the Teen Center, Building 425.
The Teen Program, for 13-18 year olds, strives to make a significant link to adulthood, developing qualities that enable them to become productive citizens and community leaders. Activities include Teen Council, BGCA Keystone Club, 4-H Club, Volunteer Program, Teen Summit, College Bound, Special Events, Dances, Trips, Seminars, Talent Show, Sports, and Fashion Shows. The Teen Club is located at Fort MacArthur in the Teen Center, Building 425.
School Age Program
These programs offer children 5 years to 12 years a wide variety of educational and entertaining experiences. Children are offered BGCA & 4-H Club activities such as scrapbooking, cooking, gardening, singing and guitar lessons. The learning centers consist of arts and crafts, science exploration, reading and writing, Legos, board games and computer play.
Before and After School care is offered on school days and full-day care is offered on school breaks. The program is not offered on Federal Holidays.
The Los Angeles AFB curfew policy is intended to provide a safer community and better protects children from becoming victims of crime or becoming involved in delinquent behavior.
Consistent with the Los Angeles Municipal Code (LAMC), the base curfew restricts minors (children under the age of 18) from being outdoors or in public places, unless accompanied by an adult, between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5:30 a.m.
Exceptions to the base curfew policy apply only when a minor is attending an event, or going to or returning directly home from an event (such as a youth program activity, movie, school dance, etc.) or involved with an emergency such as a fire, natural disaster, or automobile accident.
Parents are still required to notify the base entry gate the child will be entering during curfew hours. In the event parents fail to provide pre-notification of a child's arrival time, a dependent/civilian misconduct report will be completed.