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Child Development Centers

Army Child Development Services(Ages 6 weeks – Kindergarten) Army Child Development Centers (CDCs) are on-post child care centers that offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for children in rich and stimulating environments where children can develop motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills through a balance of exploration and planned curriculum. Learning activities are designed to support the natural development of children and include individual, small group and large group experiences.

Types of care include:
  • Full-Day: Services offered to children ages 6 weeks - 5 years old on a regularly scheduled, daily basis.
  • Part-Day: Programs offered to preschool age children on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Hourly: Centers offer drop-off care on an hourly basis. Reservations may be made in advance. Children are also accepted on a walk-in basis, space permitting.
  • Seasonal: Reservations may be made in advance for full-day programs during school vacations, inter-sessions, state holidays, teacher training days, and "school-out" days.
  • Deployment Cycle: Additional hours of care for the children of deployed military parents.
  • Respite: Respite care provides sixteen hours of free care per month per child for deployed Soldiers and civilians throughout the deployment cycle.
  • Pre-Kindergarten: Provides school readiness skills for children entering school in the fall.
Contact your Garrison for specific program details available at that Garrison - Click here to find local Garrison CYS services.


DoD Certification and National Accreditation are required by the Military Child Care Act to attain and ensure CYS program quality.

Accreditation: Army Child Development Centers are eligible for National Accreditation through an external evaluation (outside "set of eyes") process that surpasses expectations and provides high quality care for children.

Certification: DoD Certification, the equivalent of state licensing, is based on an Army internal evaluation process to ensure Garrison Child Development Centers meet required DoD quality standards. All caregivers must meet rigid training, health and safety standards, and are subject to unannounced inspections.

National Accreditation Rates:

  • Private Sector:

  • Army Child Development Centers:


Certification Rates:

  • 100% of the Army's Child, Youth & School Services programs are DoD certified


Why choose an Army Child Development Center?

The benefits of choosing an Army Child Development Center include:

  • Employees who pass stringent background checks and inspections
  • Highly trained staff
  • Regular visits and inspections
  • Programs designed to help prepare your child for school

For information about the Child Development Center at your Garrison, click here to find local Garrison CYS services.

If you are not located at a Garrison, click on "Children and Youth" at