Child Development Center

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Children enjoy the inflatable slide at Freedom Fest July 3, 2018, on Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota.


1683 J Street (Bldg. 168) 
747-3042 DSN: (312) 362-3041

The Child Development Center (CDC) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and provides care for children between the ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. 

The Center is open Monday-Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children needing either weekly or hourly care. Weekly care is offered to all active duty military and DoD civilians working on the base. Single parents and military members have priority. 

Weekly fees are based on the family total income. Hourly care is offered on a first come first served basis. Reservations may be made up to two weeks in advance. A request for care may be submitted using DD Form 2606. 

The Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. The Center staff is responsible for supporting the development of the whole child; meaning all areas of development are considered interrelated and equally important. Our program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers, and caring adults. 

We respect and respond appropriately to each child’s unique interest, experiences, abilities and needs. Children are valued individuals, as well as part of a group. Likewise, our program respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children. We advocate for children, families, and the early childhood professionals within our program. 

Care is provided for children with special needs; however, the Special Needs Board must review all documentation to ensure accommodation of the child’s need can be met. We are enrolled in the United States Department of Agriculture Food program serving nutritious daily meals. 

Teaching strategies and weekly plans, as well as appropriate daily developmental activities that follow the center’s philosophy and goals, are based on knowledge of child development and assessment of the children’s individual needs and interests. The children are also given individual attention and opportunities to express their creativity through art, music and dramatic play. Parent conferences are scheduled two times a year of as needed. 


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