The military lifestyle offers unique challenges and opportunities for children whose parents are assigned to Naval Submarine Base New London. For this reason, special programs are developed to promote your child’s growth and development in a nurturing environment through meaningful learning experiences.
Eligibility — Eligible patrons include the following: active duty military personnel, DOD civilians, Reservists on active duty or inactive duty for training, retirees and DOD contractors. All eligible patrons should apply for care through the website http://militarychildcare.com. Call 860-448-6838 for details or stop in at any SUBASE New London Child and Youth Program.
Highly trained staff members operate the four separate, age-appropriate programs, specially designed to meet the needs of children ranging in ages from 6 weeks to 18 years. All staff complete an intensive caregiver orientation that includes basic first aid; infant, child and adult CPR; and developmentally appropriate practices. They are also required to successfully complete all background screenings. In addition, all staff members are required to complete monthly ongoing trainings and undergo a comprehensive caregiver training program to ensure that all children are receiving the best possible care. The following programs are available for your children.
Child Development Center and Child Development Homes
7 Highland Ave.
Groton, CT 06340
Ages Served: 6 weeks through 5 years
The Child Development Center program is led by qualified professionals in early childhood education, whose major goal is to promote your child’s growth and development in a nurturing environment through meaningful learning experiences. The curriculum is developmentally appropriate, keeping in mind the specific needs of each individual child. Activities are planned; however, these plans are flexible depending on the daily interests and needs of the children. Children are invited and encouraged to participate in individual and group activities designed to promote social, emotional, intellectual (cognitive) and physical development. The Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
Caregivers administer the curriculum and guide the children’s behavior. The ratio of staff to children is always sufficient to maintain constant supervision and implement a developmentally appropriate program. Some examples of skills we foster are problem-solving, socialization, self-help, health and safety, self-expression and creativity, independence, and communication, language and motor skills.
Although long-term enrollment is encouraged, hourly care is authorized when space is available.
The Child Development Homes program is an alternative to center-based care and is often preferred by families because of the small group sizes, the home-like atmosphere and the flexible hours of operation that the centers often cannot accommodate. Child Development Homes provide a warm, family setting in which children can participate in developmentally appropriate learning activities as well as home life experiences. The children are able to build a trusting relationship with a provider who will foster their curiosity and creativity, provide guidance and give them the hugs they need.
Child Development Home providers must be Navy-certified and state licensed. The certification process is provided through the Child and Youth Programs and consists of basic first aid, CPR, child abuse prevention, child development, activity planning, nutrition, business practices and parent-customer relations. In addition to the provider’s certification, they receive monthly unannounced home inspections by the Child and Youth Program director and must successfully complete all required background screenings. Providers are also required to complete monthly trainings to ensure they provide the best possible care to your children.