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Child Development Centers

Naval Support Activity Bethesda offers full time child development services for active duty military personnel assigned duty in the local Washington, DC/Maryland/Virginia area. DoD civilians working at NSAB and its tenant commands are also eligible to use the facility on a space available basis. The program is DoD certified and is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

WRNMC Healthy Habits Program, Naval Support Activity Bethesda

Programs offered

Children ages 6-weeks to 5-years can receive full-time care at the Child Development Centers (CDC) located in Building 26 (CDC #I) and Building 82 (CDC #II) both of which are on Constitution Drive behind the Bowling Center. Children are assigned to classrooms based on age and developmental level: infants, pre-toddlers, toddlers, and preschoolers (age 3 to 5).

Costs

All fees are based on total family income and will not be pro-rated for Federal holidays, other government closures or child's illness. A $50 non-refundable registration fee must be paid in advance and is credited towards the first payment.

Availability

While there is a waiting time of approximately six months to one year priority is given to wounded warriors, single and dual military parents.

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.

School-Age Care 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.

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.

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.

Austin's Room (Hourly Care)

Care is provided for the children of wounded warrior's in Building 62, basement level. Care is not to exceed 25 hours per week per child. Fees for this service are currently being paid by Pentagon Federal Credit Union. Use of this facility requires prior approval by Walter Reed National Medical Center Liaison, Warrior Family Coordination Cell at 301-295-4891.

Additional Information

All children using the above program must have proof of current immunizations either with a shot record or medical records. For this reason it is highly recommended that these items be hand carried and not packed with shipments. Contact 301-295-0014 for questions on the child development center.

Youth Services

Naval Support Activity Bethesda Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center does not have a Youth Center. However, there is an active Child and Youth program located at Forest Glen, military privatized housing, in Silver Springs, MD. For more information contact:

Fort Detrick Child Youth and School Services Parent Central Outreach Services Director 
US Army Garrison 
Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702-5016
Office: 301-319-5489
Cell: 202-271-0535

Or

School Liaison Officer
Naval Support Activity Bethesda
Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Office: 301-295-7849
Cell: 301-385-3730

Youth Sponsorship Program

Naval Support Activity Bethesda Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center does not have an established sponsor program for children and teens. However, if there is someone interested, we will make every
effort to locate an appropriate sponsor.

Youth Center

Naval Support Activity Bethesda Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center does not have a youth center on site. However, there is one located military privatized housing, in Silver Springs, MD. For more information contact:

Child Liaison Education Outreach Director 
US Army Garrison 
Fort Detrick, Maryland 21702-5016
Office: 301-295-7542
Cell: 202-271-0535

Or

School Liaison Officer
Naval Support Activity Bethesda
Home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Office: 301-295-7048
Cell: 307-385-3730

 

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