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Child Development Centers (CDC)

Child Development Centers (CDC)

These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The China Lake Child Development Center (CDC) has the distinction of being the first Nationally Accredited Center in the Department of Defense. The CDC offers programs that supplement the home by providing experiences to help the child in his/her total growth and development: intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. While the program is developmental, the goal is to make the CDC atmosphere a home away from home.

Child Development Services has received DoD certification in October 2008. Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age. The Child Development Center, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, provides full and part day care for children 6 weeks to Kindergarten. The School Age Center, accredited by the National Afterschool Association, provides before and after school care and Day Camp experiences for children Kindergarten thru Fifth grade. Castle X, the teen center, provides activities and special events for teen’s sixth grade to age 18.  The Child Development Home program provides care for children in homes by providers certified by the Navy CYP and Captain of the base. Each home can provide care for all ages. All programs are vendorized and provide care for children with special needs.


Eligible patrons include dependents of military, Department of Defense employees and NAWS contractors.

In order to enroll for the CDC or SAC programs, you may put in a waiting list in either building (bldg. 2688 for CDC and bldg. 880 for SAC) or you could go online to, then go to the Child and Youth Programs link on the left and then go to the link with the single child on the left.  Wait lists are downloaded daily.  Military have first priority placement, then DoD and then contractor.


Fees are set according to Total Family Income by DoD instruction.  Fees typically change annually. Fees are figured according to all family leave and earning statements.  If LES’s are not provided, the highest fee will be charged. Military and DoD families who elect to use CDH program will pay the same subsidized fees for children under 3 that they would pay at the CDC.

Hourly care is only available on space available basis, but is easier to accommodate in the CDH program. Hourly care for military that use CDH care for doctor appointments can be paid for by the CDH subsidy program, thereby costing nothing to the military.

Programs Offered


The Child Development Center provides full-time and part-time care for military and DOD family members from six weeks of age up through kindergarten.

The programs include breakfast, hot lunch, and two snacks. These are nutritionally balanced meals and are provided to children in full-time and part-time care. The children and staff take walking excursions and field trips on a regular basis.

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