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Child and Youth Programs

Child and Youth Programs

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Child Development Services


The Child Development Program provides full-time and drop-in care. The Child Development Center (CDC) is in Building 2070 on Mustin Road and is open 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

Most families use full-time weekly care, which includes breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. The fee structure for full-time care is based on total family income as regulated by Department of Defense instructions.

Hourly or drop-in care is limited due to space availability. Reservations are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance. Hourly care is available daily for ages 6 weeks to 5 years based on availability. Priority for full-time weekly care is given to single and dual military families.

The CDC is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The CDC’s program is based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs and strives to promote the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of children while responding to the needs of the family.

Activities children have the opportunity to participate in include: creative art, music, fine and gross motor skills development, sand and water play, songs and finger play, story times, readiness skills for math, reading and writing, dramatic play and activities to promote positive social skills and self-image. Children have free choice in selecting activities. Children will be involved in “play” and will learn the following: selecting, experimenting, classifying, measuring, discussing, validating, enjoying, participating, testing, questioning, organizing, observing, improving, discovering and construction.

The status of the sponsor determines eligibility of children to enroll in Navy Child Development Programs. Eligibility is based on the parent who has physical custody of the child. The categories and waitlist information can be found on

Voluntary prekindergarten care is offered during the school year 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. There is a fee for wrap-around care.

Drop-in services are offered on a daily, space-available basis.

Meal service is provided to all children being cared for at the CDC. The CDC operates under the guidance of the USDA Food Program, and appropriate portions are served in accordance with the age of the child and various food groups.

Child Development Homes Program


This program is an extension of the Child Development Program in Building 2070. Child Development Homes (CDH) are independent business enterprises operated by Navy-certified military family members in their own homes.

The CDH program has an open-door policy and allows young children to receive the same early start in learning as the CDC provides but in a home-like environment, while providing continued support to parents and military readiness. Providers may live either on or off base and may care for up to six children (including their own) under the age of 8. Some providers operate infant-only homes, allowing a provider to care for only three children under the age of 24 months (including their own children).

Providers must maintain current CPR and first-aid certification, maintain current liability insurance and pass monthly inspections by the CDH director/monitor.

Providers also prepare meals in accordance with the USDA Food Program guidelines. Providers receive continuous monthly training on age-appropriate activities for young children and professional ethics.

The commanding officer has the final authority to certify all CDH homes on and off base.

A subsidy program is available to provide weekly rates that are similar to those of the CDC for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Subsidy rates are available to parents who have been referred to CDH providers from the central enrollment waiting list.

The CDH Program offers full-day, hourly, drop-in, before- and after-school, special needs, weekend and night care. All rates are determined by total family income.

Call 904-542-5381 for information on child care options or information on becoming a provider.

Youth Activities Center

Bldg. 2069 Mustin Road
Hours of Operations 5 a.m. to 7 p.m.

It’s such a special time when your children start school, and our Youth Programs (YP) are ready to help meet their needs before and after school. Our goal is to support your child’s development by offering high-quality programs that help build positive relationships with peers and caring adults. We provide recreational activities that focus on building self-esteem, developing appropriate relationships, facilitating academic success, and making healthy choices. Programs are available for military and DoD personnel dependents who are in kindergarten through age 18. Trained counselors help children learn and grow in Career and Education, Arts & Crafts, Leadership, Technology, Athletics and Life Skills.

School Age Care (SAC) programs provide quality out-of-school activities for children in kindergarten through 12 years old. Our programs are designed to enhance rather than duplicate the school day, and we work with dynamic organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H to offer the best programming. Programs vary by installation, so check with your local installation for details.

Before School: Often times you need to be at work before the school day starts, and our before-school services are there to help. Transportation may be offered through your local school.

After School: When the kids are out of school but you’re still at work, take advantage of our after-school activities. Transportation may be offered through your local school.

Holiday/Summer Camps: During those holiday breaks or long summer sessions, we’ve got activities to keep your children engaged.

Teen Programs

Hours of Operation
School Year 2 to 7 p.m.
Breaks/Camps noon to 7 p.m.

Once your child begins 7th grade and moves into the preteen and teen stage, we know schedules get busy. Our Teen Programs not only offer fun learning activities that go above and beyond the regular school day, but they also provide a sense of community and a social outlet. These programs are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and often feature 4-H programming. Our Teen Programs can provide that important opportunity for teens to mature socially and emotionally while focusing on character development, leadership skills, communication, and self-esteem.

School Liaison Office


Located close to base housing in Building 2065, the School Liaison Office is the communications and service link between the base commanding officer, commands, military families and schools, including public, private, home, Department of Defense Education Activity and online schools. The school liaison officer serves as the military installation subject matter expert for youth education issues. They provide support and assistance to military families and Department of Defense employees in the areas of education. They represent the needs of the military child by developing collaborative solutions with local schools to overcome barriers to successful school transitions.

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