Parent will complete a
DD Form 2606, Request for Child Care, to place their child(ren) on the CDC/SAP waiting list. Placement will be determined by the child(ren)’s age, families’ status and the date the DD Form 2606 is received by CYP staff.
DoD Child Development Programs (CDPs), which include Child Development Centers (CDC), School Age Care (SAC)
Programs and Family Child Care/Child Development Homes (FCC/CDH), define age
categories for children as:
• Infant: 4 weeks through 12 months
• Pretoddler: 13 through 23 months
• Toddler: 24 through 35 months
• Preschool: 3 through 5 years (or before entering kindergarten)
• School Age: 6 through 12 years old, or attending kindergarten through sixth grade and enrolled in a SAC program
All DoD CDPs have strict oversight over programs and care options to assess quality and compliance with regulations and policies. Unannounced inspections, which include parent and staff feedback, occur no fewer than four times a year.
Background checks are conducted on all individuals who interact regularly with children and youth, including FCC/CDH providers and those over age 12 living in a home where child care is provided.
DoD CDPs must be certified by an approved external national accrediting body and meet established standards of quality to remain
eligible to offer child care as a DoD CDP.
Some children may require more than routine or basic care, such as children with or who are at-risk of disabilities, chronic illnesses or physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional conditions. MilitaryChildCare.com assists families with children with special needs in their search for care through a process that includes an Inclusion Action Team (IAT) and Military Service specific IAT protocols.
The IAT process supports reasonable accommodation by considering the needs of the child, the child care environment, staffing and training requirements, and the resources of the program. Programs welcome the opportunity to discuss each family's needs throughout your search process.
More information is available by contacting the local program.
Each Service issues fee guidelines for CDC and SAC programs based on DoD fee guidance. Fees are based on Total Family Income (TFI) and apply to all children who attend the program on a regular basis. For more information on fees, please contact the program directly.
Please see the annual
CDC and SAC fees here.
To search for off-installation child care, please contact Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN), which provides fee assistance to eligible military families who are unable to access on-installation child care. Operated by Child Care Aware
of America, MCCYN helps military families search for military-affiliated child care located off of installations in some locations. Select off-installation child care will be added to the MilitaryChildCare.com search in the near future.
For additional information about MCCYN’s child care options, please contact