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Child Care

Child Development Program, Navy Region Southwest

Finding childcare takes time, but planning ahead can alleviate some of the stress on your family. Visit militarychildcare.com for comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide, conduct a customized search for the care you need and submit a request for care at any time and from any location.

Centers are located on Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base), Marine Corps Recruiting Depot, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Medical Center, Murphy Canyon, Chollas Heights, and Liberty Station housing areas. For center phone listings, please visit the San Diego Metro Child Development Centers webpage. The following child care programs are available: full time, part time, drop-in, pre-kindergarten, extended hours, respite care, before and after-school, summer and holiday camps.

Child Development Center (CDC)

All Child Development Centers (CDC) in San Diego are DoD certified. All centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The goal of the CDC is to provide children with developmentally appropriate childcare following all instructions set forth by the Bureau of Personnel. Hours of operation are from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday - Friday, with select centers opening at 5:30 a.m. The CDC at Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island) offers twenty-four hour care. There is no state mandated preschool program; however, the CDC utilizes the Creative Curriculum, which is based on a solid foundation of theory and research.

Eligibility 

All active duty military personnel, reservists, DoD civilians and contract employees working in the Navy Region Southwest. They will assist families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program. Priority care may be given to dual active duty families, single parents, and members on individual augmentee assignment.

Registration

Visit https://militarychildcare.com to find comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide, conduct a customized search for the care you need and submit a request for care at any time and from any location. Follow these four simple steps!

  • Create an Account: Go to militarychildcare.com to create an account containing information about your family, or to login using an existing username and password.
  • Search for Care: Search the system for the child care options that best meet your needs.
  • Request Care: You can select one or more options and submit your requests for care. The program will contact you when space becomes available.
  • Manage Requests: You can manage your requests for care from anywhere in the world

Costs

Weekly child care fees for the CDH Program are set by DoD and are determined by total family income. There is a subsidy program for Single Sailors, Dual Active Duty Military couples or Service members whose spouse works full time or is a full-time student with children under age 3. Hourly or drop-in care is limited. For a list of fees please visit, Child and Youth Program Fee Policy.

Child Development Home (CDH) Program

The Child Development Home (CDH) Program is a Department of Navy program defined as care provided by private individuals in their government or civilian housing unit. Providers can be active duty family members or civilian. Care is provided for children on a regular basis, full-time or part-time, for more than 10 hours per week. The maximum number of children is limited to six, including the provider's own children, if they are less than 8 years old. CDH has been in San Diego since 1986 as a part of the Child Development Program. It is under the administrative and operational oversight of the Regional Morale, Welfare & Recreation (MWR) Department. Hours vary by provider. Contact CDH for more information on limited drop-in care.

Eligibility

Eligible patrons include children of military personnel, DoD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty or inactive duty for training and retired members. Priority care may be given to dual active duty families, single parents, and members on individual augmentee assignment.  In addition, there are often no wait times for Child Development Homes, some of which offer 24-hour care for single military parents or dual-active couples with children affected by duty days. For more information please visit, Child Development Homes.

Costs 

Weekly child care fees for the CDH Program are set by DoD and are determined by total family income. There is a subsidy program for Single Sailors, Dual Active Duty Military couples or Service members whose spouse works full time or is a full-time student, with children under age 3. For a list of fees please visit, Child and Youth Program Fee Policy.

Murphy Canyon Youth Center

The Murphy Canyon Youth Center offers before and after school care as well as day camps for children ages three to seventeen at eight housing area recreation centers. Other programs include recreation, classes, field trips, teen programming, and special events. Fees vary; please contact the SAC program for more information. For details on any of these programs or services, contact your local Housing Area Recreation Center or call 858-268-2828 or visit Youth Programs.

Programs Offered:

  • Before and After School Program - This program is designed to meet the needs of school-aged youth (five to twelve years) during hours before and after school. Organized and supervised activities are planned and conducted at specific times before and after regular school hours.
  • Day Camp/Intercession/School Holiday - This program is offered for youth between the ages of five and twelve and is conducted during school holidays and summer vacation/intercession periods. Day camp activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips, outdoor recreation, cultural programs and special events.
  • Tiny Tot classes are offered to children ages three to five years old. This part-time program provides an open environment where your child can participate in arts and crafts, music and rhythm, story time, social games, movement and much more.
  • For a calendar of youth sports events and information on how to participate, please visit our Youth Sports page.

Respite Care

Families enrolled in the ASYMCA free and confidential in-home counseling program have access to limited, short-term child care to provide parents dealing with medical or other issues time to care for their own needs. Respite child care is provided based on the needs of the family as determined by the Family Outreach Social Worker assigned to the family. Call the Armed Services YMCA at 858-751-5755 and ask to speak with a Family Outreach Social Worker.


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