SCHOOL LIAISON OFFICER
Located in Building 1, the School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the primary link between schools, Commanders and military parents pertaining to K-12 educational issues. The job of the SLO involves informing and linking military families to the resources and information needed to maximize educational opportunities to ensure academic success for all military children.
Navy SLO education professionals work closely with school administrators to foster a positive and mutually beneficial relationship between schools and the military community, all for the sake of the military child. Contact the Naval Station Mayport SLO at 904-270-6289, ext. 1305.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
At Naval Station Mayport, providing quality child care to the Navy’s “smallest” fleet is a top priority. The staff of the Child Development Center (CDC) believes that each child is an individual of great worth and that each day of a child’s life leads toward the growth and development of a healthy, intelligent and contributing member of society.
The CDC program is based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s guidelines on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs. We strive to meet the needs of and promote the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the children, while responding to the needs of the family. The caregivers in the children’s classroom are trained to implement a developmentally appropriate plan for your child. A weekly curriculum plan will be posted in each classroom so that you will know what to expect for your child daily.
Activities that your child will be given the opportunity to participate in include: creative art; music; fine and gross motor development; sand and water play; songs and finger plays; story times; promotion of a positive self-image; readiness skills for math, reading and writing; dramatic play; and many activities to promote positive social skills. The children have a great deal of freedom in selecting from many different activities in which there are no right or wrong answers. All children, regardless of the program (i.e., full-time, drop-in, Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program) will have the same opportunities to engage in the various activities while they are at the center. We will strive to encourage, challenge and assist each child to grow as fast and as far as possible by meeting the needs of each child and building a positive self-concept and sense of control over one’s own identity. The child care program is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. The academy administers a national, voluntary, professionally sponsored accreditation system for all types of schools and child care centers. The academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators.
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. Family types and priorities include:
- Active-duty single parents with custody and active-duty dual military parents. This priority includes all services, Coast Guard, reservists on active duty and reservists in training who fall into this family type. Additional categories of children who fall into the top-priority status are:
- Wounded Warriors.
- Fallen Warriors.
- Individual Augmentees (IA).
- Ombudsmen (performing official duties).
- All other active-duty personnel with a full-time working spouse or spouse who is a full-time student. This priority includes all services, Coast Guard, reservists on active duty and reservists in training who fall into this family type. Children of CNRSE Navy Child and Youth Program employees will fall into this category if the employee has been employed by that program for a minimum of six continuous months. Child Development Home Care providers do not qualify for care in CDCs except in emergencies. An exception may be made to allow Child Development Home Care providers’ children to attend state-funded prekindergarten classes in the CDC.
- Installation DOD civilian personnel paid from appropriated or nonappropriated funds — single, with a full-time working spouse or with a full-time student spouse. CYP employees may be part-time or flexible; other DOD civilians must be employed on full-time basis to be eligible for full-time spaces. Flexible and part-time CYP employees as well as part-time DOD may use hourly care.
- Full-time installation DOD contract employees, as applicable — single, with a full-time working spouse or with a full-time student spouse.
- Other active-duty and civilian employees. If the need for all care for the previous priorities has been met, child care may be supported for other active-duty and civilian personnel, i.e., those with a nonworking spouse. If the spouse is unemployed at enrollment or becomes unemployed and the program has a waitlist of eligible patrons needing child care, the family will be given 90 days to secure new employment to maintain care.
- Military retirees’ children are only eligible for care in CYP programs when a specific written waiver citing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) of 2000, Sec. 1799, has been approved by CNIC CYP.
STAFF TO CHILD RATIOS
0 to 12 months 1 adult to 4 children
12 to 24 months 1 adult to 5 children
24 to 36 months 1 adult to 7 children
36-plus months 1 adult to 12 children
Navy staffing ratios are based on current philosophies of developmentally appropriate practice. These limits will not be exceeded. These regulations are necessary to ensure a safe and healthy environment with ample supervision. The Child Development Center staff members are trained in each area of developmental care as well as in basic first aid and CPR.
Florida’s Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK) program follows the Duval County School Calendar. Voluntary Prekindergarten is a free, voluntary and high-quality entitlement program for all children who are 4 on or before Sept. 1 of the school year and reside in Florida. The mission of VPK is to prepare children for kindergarten with an emphasis on early literacy and oral language skills.
Sometimes, child care is not immediately available because of waiting lists. In order to give parents the best service possible, MWR certifies Child Development Home Care providers. For information, call 904-247-7740.
Hours of Operation
Building 2287 904-241-4507
Building 1960 904-247-7740
5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, closed federal holidays
VPK Only, Building 2287 — Off Base
Morning Session: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday
*There is a fee for wrap-around care 5 to 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Should you need the use of the center on a drop-in basis, reservations can be made at either location. Both Building 2287 and Building 1960 serve infants through children 5 years of age. Drop-in services are offered on a daily space-available basis. Meal service is provided to all of the children in the CDC. If your child is in a CDC during mealtime, he or she will be served. The CDCs operate 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. We hope that your child enjoys his or her stay at the CDC and that you will be pleased with the services offered. Remember that you are invited to tour the facilities or visit your child at any time during the day. If you have any questions concerning the CDC, please call us at 904-247-7740.