Child Development Center

The Patrick AFB CDC was awarded the Air Force's best Child Development Program of the Year for 2015!

Child Development Center

Hours of Operation

Mon - Fri
6:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed Federal holidays

Bldg 1000
1030 School Ave.
Patrick AFB, FL 32925
(321) 494-7028


HOURLY CARE

Hourly care may also be available in all age groups. Please contact us for additional information

FREE Florida State Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program

We are now accepting enrollments for the FREE Florida State 2017/18 Voluntary Pre-kindergarten Program. Parents must create an account on www.militarychildcare.com to register. Both part-day only and VPK wrap-around classes are available. The official start date for the program will be Aug of 2017. If you have any questions, please contact us at 321-494-7028. Your child must be 4 years of age on or before September 1 of the program year and reside in Florida to be eligible for the VPK program. Here are some details below to help with online registration.


  • Make sure you have the correct documentation and a valid email address, i.e. Date of Birth verification such as an original or certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, Florida shots documentation, passport or certificate of the child’s arrival in the United States. Proof of Florida residency such as your valid driver’s license and/or current utility bill. Your proof of residency MUST show your physical address – not a P.O. Box. Email Address: If you do not have a valid email address use gmail.com or yahoo.com to create a free email account.

  • Register online here.

  • Create an account using a valid email address. Check your email to activate your account prior to logging in. You must wait for the email with the correct link before trying to log in or resetting your password.

  • Enter information about yourself and your child as prompted. Browse for file then choose document to attach for proof of residency and date of birth verification. Each document should be uploaded separately, do not group them together. Click Upload Selected Documents. Scanners, tablets, smart phones, etc. can be used to upload documentation.

  • Review application, sign and certify then submit the application.

  • After submitting your application online, please check your email for a confirmation receipt that your application has been delivered for review and processing. You will be contacted by phone or email if additional information is needed. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email notification explaining how to log in and print your Certificate of Eligibility.

  • After printing, please bring your Certificate of Eligibility to the Child Development Center.
  • Employment opportunities are available - visit NAFJobs.org

    Great news!

    The Child Development Center is now open to families who have base access; Retirees, non DoD Contractors and Department of State employees.

    MILITARY CHILDCARE DOT COM - A DoD program that makes it easier to find the child and youth care your family needs. Just follow four simple steps!

    We care for your children while you protect America.

    • 1. Create account
    • 2. Search and request care
    • 3. Manage my requests
    • 4. Update my profile
    To get started, register online here.

    FEES

    Weekly fees for full time care range from $59 - $147; which includes all meals. Hourly care costs only $4 per hour and includes all meals and snacks.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    The CDC provides centered-based care to children 6 weeks to 5 years of age of active duty military personnel, DoD civilians (APF or NAF), reservists on active duty orders or during inactive duty training, and DoD contractors, non DoD Contractors, Department of State employees, retirees and anyone with base access.

    We are committed to providing the best developmental experiences for all children. The curriculum is designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of children by using developmentally age-appropriate activities. We are nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

    Our staff is carefully selected on the basis of educational background, experience, and ability to meet the individual needs of the children in our program. They strive to ensure the best possible care is available to your child. Additionally, all of our staff is certified in Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR.

    PRIORITY ENROLLMENT

    In the event of a waiting list, active duty and civilian employed parents are given higher priority than other groups. A policy has been established to terminate the enrollment of children in families where the spouse is no longer employed or a full- time student. Parents have 60 days from the enrollment date to begin working or going to school to maintain their child's enrollment. A two-week written notice will be given to the parent whose child's slot is needed for a higher priority family.

    TYPES OF PROGRAMS OFFERED

    FULL-DAY CARE/WEEKLY CARE

    Meets the needs of parents working or in school on a full-time basis. Parents using for full-time care have a contract with the CDC so they are ensured a child care slot as long as they remain in full-time work or school status. The CDC participates in the USDA Food Program and children are served a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day.

    HOURLY CARE

    Meets the needs of parents requiring short-term child care services on an intermittent basis when slots are available. Parents can make reservations two weeks in advance up until the same day. If space is not available when you call, you will be placed on a waiting list and our staff will notify you if space becomes available. Cost is only $4 per hour and includes all meals and snacks.

    Enrollment/Registration Requirements

    • Complete AF Form 1181, Air Force Youth Flight Program Patron Registration
    • Complete DD Form 2652, Application for DoD Child Care Fees
    • Complete the USDA Food Program form.
    • Submit copy of most current LES and/or pay stub. Fees and charges are based on total family income and are adjusted annually in accordance with the Military Child Care Act of 1989/1996.
    • Sign a CDC contract

    CDC Age Groups:

    Infant care (6 weeks – 12 months)

    Our goal is to provide high-quality, individualized, responsive and stimulating experiences. By providing a child-friendly environment, loving and responsive infant teachers and individualized experiences we are promoting your child's development and learning. Parents will receive daily reports regarding their infant's day and an individualized portfolio will be maintained tracking each infant's development.

    Pre-toddler care (12 months - 24 months)

    Our goal is to provide a high-quality learning environment that builds on the child's experiences and strengths. The program has been designed to develop a sense of awareness in the areas of color, sound, textures, and feelings. The curriculum prepares the children towards their first step of independence before going into the Toddler program. Parents will receive daily reports regarding their child's day and an individualized portfolio will be maintained tracking his/her development.

    Toddler care (2 – 3 years)

    Your child will enjoy safe and protective surroundings to explore and develop new abilities. Self help skills such as toilet training; dressing, eating, and hand washing are important parts of this program. Art, music, finger-painting, sand and water play, exercise, and imaginative play are also a part of this program. Your child's participation in these activities increases vocabulary and language skills and develops fine and gross motor skills.

    Pre-school care (3 – 5 years)

    Your child will experience the joy of self-expression through music, art, movement, and more. Cognitive skills are learned through intentional play and hands on learning. Emphasis is placed on learning to share with friends, developing self help skills, understanding and controlling emotions, and respect for others.

    Give Parents a Break Program

    Apr 14th, May 12th, Jun 9th, Jul 14th, Aug 11th, Sep 8th, Oct 13th, Nov 3rd and Dec 8th from 6 - 11 pm.

    The "Give Parents a Break Program" provides child care for parents who are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life—deployments, remote tours of duty, etc. In the effort to help these families the CDC has partnered with an onbase agency who pays for the cost of child care for parents referred by base agencies such as the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Chapel, Family Advocacy Office, Hospital, First Sergeants, and Commanders. The AFAS will pay the cost of having the base Child Development Center (CDC) open once a month for families referred to the program. You must reserve a space each month you are requesting to utilize the program. Open registration closes by COB Wednesday prior to the event. If there are less than 8 children registered, it will be cancelled.

    Parents Night Out

    Parents Night Out runs concurrently on the same days and times as the "Give Parent's A Break" program. The cost is $20 for the evening, on a space available basis. Open registration begins on the Thursday prior to the event. If your child has any developmental delays, allergies, dietary restrictions, medical conditions and or special needs please contact the CDC for additional paperwork requirements.

    Children with Special Needs

    Children who have been identified with a special need(s) are provided services when reasonable accommodations can be met.