Family Care Branch
Child Development Center
Certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the National Afterschool Association, the Child Development Center offers nurturing, developmentally appropriate care for children from 6 weeks to 12 years on full-time, part-time, part-day or drop-in basis. Professional preschool curriculum and learning programs delivered by a highly qualified staff foster the social, emotional, physical and intellectual growth of each child. Extracurricular activities include tumbling and movement classes.
Child care at the CDC is reserved for families of active-duty military personnel, DOD civilians, contract employees, activated Reserve or National Guard personnel assigned to MCLB Albany and retirees. The CDC is in Building 7600 and operates 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center is closed on weekends and on federal holidays. Fees for programs are set by the DOD and based on total household income.
The CDC offers one pre-kindergarten classroom funded from Bright from the Start with the capacity to serve 22 children. This free, first-come, first-served program is open to eligible children who turned 4 on or before Sept. 1 of the current school year. The program provides a challenging curriculum designed to promote school readiness. The classroom is led by a Georgia state certified teacher and an assistant teacher. The pre-K program operates from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily and closely follows the Dougherty County School System schedule. Extended day programs are available for families needing additional care before or after pre-K hours.
All children must be registered through the Resource and Referral office in the CDC prior to attending. To register children, call the Resource and Referral manager at 229-639-7930.
For information regarding special events and activities at the CDC, call the program office at 229-639-5765.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program, in Building 7122, coordinates mandatory enrollment and advocates for active-duty members to ensure Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System-eligible family members with disabilities receive appropriate services to meet their physical, emotional or educational needs.
For more information, call 229-639-7497.
Parent Advisory Board
Parents from all Child and Youth Programs components, to include CDC and SAC, are offered the opportunity to be involved, actively and directly, in quality assurance initiatives and provide feedback to staff and providers from a parental perspective. The Parent Advisory Board meets quarterly with program staff and the commander’s designated representative to discuss concerns and offer improvements to fostering resilient and self-sufficient families that enhance military readiness.
The CDC also offers an accredited School-Age Child program providing daily child care before and after school. This SAC program is a Boys and Girls Clubs of America affiliate and incorporates relevant learning, character and leadership programs within the curriculum.
Dynamic summer camp programs are also available to service family child care needs during school breaks. Summer camp operates in conjunction with CDC hours and children may attend weekly or on a drop-in basis. The activity calendar includes a busy schedule of field trips to local attractions, movies, bowling and swimming. This program is available to children ages 5 to 12.
School Liaison Office
School Liaison Office, in Building 7122, provides connectivity between parents, students and community resources. Marine Corps School Liaisons support transitioning families in obtaining educational information and assistance from local school districts, reducing the impact of relocation on children and families. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; closed on federal holidays.
For more information, call 229-639-7497.
Sesame Street Drop-In Room
Child care at the Child Development Center Sesame Street Drop-In Room is reserved for families of active-duty military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, contract employees, activated Reserve or National Guard personnel assigned to MCLB Albany and retirees. The room is designed to support the overall mission of Children and Youth Programs and provides child care and related services to families. Drop-in care is available for children ages 6 to 9. Care is provided at a cost of $6 per hour per child. Children must be pre-registered with the CDC. Sponsors are required to provide all of the necessary diapers, wipes and labeled bottles as applicable.
Standard Drop-In Room care hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A 24-hour notice is required to ensure proper staffing arrangements. Reservations for care may be made by calling the CDC Program office at 229-639-5765. Emergency situations arise without notice and should be immediately directed to the CDC director or manager-in-charge for review and resolution. The director will take each emergency case under prompt consideration.
Drop-In Room care space is limited. It is a goal to accommodate every child care request. Please understand, however, that in high-demand times, such as trainings, traditional care spaces may be limited. A courtesy notice of cancellation is requested in the event that care is no longer required.