This facility offers enrichment and development programs for family members of active-duty military and NAS Whiting Field civilian employees. A weekly program is offered for those 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Drop-in care is provided on a space-available basis. This NAEYC-accredited program offers developmentally age-appropriate activities for infants, pre-toddlers, toddlers and preschoolers year-round. The CDC participates in the USDA Food Program, which serves breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack. Voluntary Pre-kindergarten is offered during the school year (August – May) for 4- to 5- year-old eligible children. The center may be contacted by phone at 850-623-7472, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Child Development Homes
Child Development Homes (CDH) assist parents by providing child care services to support operational readiness, mission accomplishment and retention. CDHs are often preferred by families because of the small group sizes, the home-like atmosphere and flexible hours of operation that centers often cannot accommodate. Anyone who lives in military housing and wishes to provide child care on a regular basis for more than 10 hours a week must be certified by the Navy as a CDH provider. Anyone off base must be state registered or licensed, but can provide Navy child care by becoming Navy certified. Call 850-281-5368 for details.
Why Become A CDH Provider?
Independent Work Environment
- You work for yourself, in your own home.
- Being a CDH provider is a great source of income while saving you the expense of child care.
- USDA Child Care Food Program – potential reimbursement is $1,300-$7,800 annually.
- You can further your career by becoming a Nationally Accredited Provider; receive an additional $1,000 to $6,000 annually.
- Toy and equipment lending library.
- Low cost liability insurance.
- On-site assistance and advice.
- Free monthly training.
- Free promotion, advertising, and referrals.
- Direct cash and subsidy.
- Wherever the military move may take you, you will have skills in high demand...caring for children!
- Certification is transferable, whether you live in Military housing or off-base.
Education and Training
- Enhance your child-rearing skills.
- CPR/First Aid training.
- Child Development/Early Childhood Education.
- Participate in military Home Accreditation program.