Child Development Center
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Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri: 6:30 am – 5:30 pm
Welcome to the Columbus Air Force Base Child Development Center (CDC). You have chosen a high quality early childhood program that provides a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of young children. Our primary goal is to provide you with the highest quality program(s) for your child(ren). Air Force (AF), Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) have recognized our team as meeting this goal.
Eligible Users and Ages of Children Accepted
Columbus AFB CDC accepts children six weeks of age through five years (until they enter Kindergarten). Children of active duty, DoD/NAF civilian employees, contract personnel, and retirees may use the CDC. Children are enrolled in full time slots and drop-in care is available only on a space available basis. Hourly rates are applied for drop-in care.
Note About Special Openings By Contract
The Center is available for “special openings” on weekends or evenings for special unit or group functions. Requests for a special opening must be made to the director in writing at least four weeks in advance of the date. The request must include the date the facility is needed, the hours, the number of children expected, and the ages of the children. A contact name and phone number must also be provided.
Part-Day Preschool and Toddler Programs
Part-Day Preschool and Part-Day Toddler programs are wonderful options for families who do not require full time care, but still want their child to participate in enrichment activities with other children. These programs are available for ages 2 years, and 3-5 years and are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 0800-1230.
How to Get on the Waiting List
Go to Military Child Care: www.militarychildcare.com and create an account. The program will send the necessary information to the Child Development Center. When space is available for your child, you will receive notification through the military child care program. Your family will have 3 working days to respond.
- Cleanliness Standards that are on PAR with the Medical Clinic
- 2 full time custodians that deal with cleaning and
accidents so care givers don’t have to avert their time and attention away
to take care of those details and keep them up to AFI standards (standards
that off base care may or may not live up to).
- Only Care center within a 50nm radius certified by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
- No additional Fees for Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, as well as no Registration Fees
or Supply Fees.
- All employees are CPR/1st Aid certified and have undergone more extensive
- Full-time staff position for a Training & Curriculum Specialist
- One of only a handful of CDC’s in the DoD offering a 2-year old Part-day Program