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Child Care

Child Development Center (CDC)

Davis-Monthan provides child care services at the Finley CDC and the DM CDC. Both centers provide full time quality care for active duty and DoD civilians assigned to Davis-Monthan AFB. 

Both programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. CDC staff receive extensive training in all aspects of child development.

Child to teacher ratios are as follows:

  • Infant: 4 to 1
  • Toddler 1: 5 to 1
  • Toddler 2: 7 to 1
  • Pre-School: 12 to 1

Programs Offered

The following programs are offered at both centers:

  • Full time care -- available 5 days a week for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years. Hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are served daily. 
  • "Give Parents A Break" is offered on the second Saturday of each month from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. A current referral certificate must be on file in order to participate in this program. 
  • Hourly care is available at both centers on a space available basis.

Preschool Program

This affordable part-day and full day program offers your children a safe, healthy and intellectually stimulating environment while you’re taking care of business. Choose from a 3-day Mon-Wed-Fri class or a 2-day Tue-Thur class; both classes are offered from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the School Age Program Building (bldg 6006). A copy of your child’s immunization records and total family income information is required at registration. Children must be three years old to participate. For more information, call 520-228-3336.

Fees -- Child care fees are based on total family income.


Necessary information for enrollment: 

  • Enrollment Form (AF FORM 1181)   
  • Emergency contact and phone number 
  • Current immunization record       
  • Family Care Plan (AF FORM 357) is required for all single and dual military 
  • Current financial information required for calculation of fees


Eligibility is in accordance with Air Force Instruction 34-248. 

Family Child Care

Family Child Care is the care of children in the home of another person or family. All homes are inspected monthly, are insured, and meet the DOD requirements for quality childcare. A family childcare home will provide high quality care within a safe environment. In addition to attentive supervision, age appropriate activities must be offered to promote children's development. Physical, social/emotional and cognitive growth must all be considered. Learning experiences that offer times of discovery and feelings of success will help promote children's self-esteem. Mixed age groups allow younger and older children to learn from each other, and allows parents who have more than one child to utilize one-child care settings. Family Child Care approves, trains, licenses, and monitors professional child care providers working in their homes. Family Child Care is a high-quality alternative to center-based programs.

School Age Programs

School Age Program Before and After School Care

This program is held during the school year (August to May). Program days and times are: Monday - Friday, before school care, 6:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.; after school care, 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. NOTE:  Includes care for the weekly teacher in-service day, Wednesday, early release at 1:30 p.m.  The program includes care for other early release days such as Parent/Teacher conferences at an additional fee.  Full day care is provided for non-school days such as Rodeo Days, Grading Days, Christmas Break, and Spring Break at an additional fee.

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