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Child Care and Youth Programs

Child Care and Youth Programs

Family Child Care

Children ages 6 weeks to 12 years may receive care in the private home of a certified family child care provider living in government-owned or leased housing. Family child care is typically available weekdays and with additional care provided during evenings, weekends and flexible hourly care for shift work. Regulations limit the number of children who receive care at any one time to no more than six children under age 8 and no more than two children under age 2. Family child care providers must be certified to operate by the installation. Individual providers may voluntarily seek national accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care and are provided local support, training and materials to accomplish this goal.


Requesting Child Care

Military families may request child care by visiting MilitaryChildCare.com. This Department of Defense website serves all military families seeking child care (including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care and school age care programs) and provides access to military-operated child care options world-wide. Families may search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, simplifying the process for finding child care.


Child Development Centers

Child development centers, or CDCs, generally offer child care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Care is available Monday through Friday, with some locations offering options, such as extended hours, weekend care and respite care. Child development centers vary in size and larger installations may operate multiple facilities. Programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Child Development Home (CDH) program is available on Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs. This program offers a setting in which CDH Providers care for children in their own homes, on or off base. Each CDH provider is an independent business person responsible for offering full-time, part-time and hourly care to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Call the CDH office at 518-886-0200 x161.

The Child Development Home (CDH) program is a Navy-wide program designed to train, license, and support family members of military sponsors interested in providing child-care in their homes both off base and in government housing. Each home is inspected monthly to ensure compliance with program requirements. Certification is transferable from base to base with minor re-qualifying requirements.

Providers receive training in Child Growth and Development, Child Abuse and Prevention, Fire/Safety Emergency Evacuation Procedures, Health, Nutrition, Food Sanitation, etc. They are also certified in CPR and First Aid. CDH providers attend required on-going two-hour monthly training classes to expand their knowledge in child development practices and enhance professional growth.

Programs Offered

Each CDH provider is an independent business person responsible for offering full-time, part-time and hourly care to children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Other programs available through the CDH program include: 

  • Extended Hours care
  • Weekend care
  • Before and After school care
  • Special Needs care
  • Part Day – Preschool
  • Part Day – School Age


The CDH program offers the direct cash subsidy payment program to offer affordable child-care to active duty military families. Parents of full-time children enrolled in the CDHP will pay a fee based on their total family income.


School Age Programs

School-age care programs provide care to children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Care is offered before and after school, during non-school days and summer vacations. School-age care programs may be located in Department of Defense youth centers, child development centers or in other suitable facilities. All programs are certified by the Department of Defense and accredited by a national accrediting body, such as the Council on Accreditation.


Youth Programs

Dynamic programs for youth ages 5 through 18 years are provided in approximately 300 youth and teen program facilities worldwide. A wide variety of offerings includes activities in physical fitness and sports, the arts, life skills, career and volunteer opportunities. Installation programs may also collaborate with other youth-serving organizations, like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and USDA/4-H programs.

Naval Support Activity Saratoga Springs does not have a Youth center.

NSA Saratoga Springs Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) and Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offer the following activities on an annual basis:

May – Military Spouse Appriciation events
June – Summer Fest – BBQ style food, sporting events, music, clowns, and a kids’ fun run. Halloween – Pizza, cake, candy, costumes, pumpkin painting, and Frankenstein. Trick or Treating on base. December – Holiday Party – food, crafts, presents and pictures with Santa.
There are no youth social, religious, or employment programs on base.

February – Cabin Fever activities
March/April – Continental breakfast -breakfast, egg hunt, and pictures with the Easter Bunny. April – Month of the Military Child Activities

Food, crafts, and entertainment are always provided. All parties are totally free! There are no youth social, religious, or employment programs available on base.


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