Child Development Center

FACILITY
The CDC welcomes children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. The CDC provides activities and programs which support children’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. The program is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The CDC is a USDA certified center, providing breakfast, lunch and a snack each day.

PART DAY ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
The purpose of the Part Day Enrichment Program is to provide social opportunities for children 3-5 years of age. The activities are planned to encourage cooperative play, positive peer relationships, understanding the needs of others and the ability to handle and express feelings in an acceptable manner, all of which contribute to the child’s social, emotional, cognitive and language development.

REGISTRATION PROCESS
In order to register your child, download a DD Form 2606 and bring the completed form to the CDC. Our administrative staff will contact you to set up a registration appointment at your earliest convenience. Please print the forms completely fill them out in black ink, and bring it with you to the appointment. Placement into the program cannot be guaranteed without all of those forms as well as current shot records being completed and turned in during your appointment time. Please note the Child Healthcare Assessment will need a physician’s signature.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility and priority are established through AFI 34-144.  Active duty, DoD civilian, dual employed parents, single parents, dual military couples and those attending school full-time are given priority.

PHILOSPHY
The practices of Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. Our centers support the development of the whole child, meaning all areas of development are considered inter-related and equally important.  Our program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers, and caring adults.  We respect each child’s unique interests, experiences, abilities and needs, thus allowing us to be responsive to and appropriate for each child.  Children are valued as individuals, as well as part of a group.  Likewise, our program respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children. We advocate for children, families and the early childhood professionals within our programs.

GOALS
• To foster positive identity and a sense of emotional well being
• To enhance social skills
• To encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment
• To promote language and literacy development
• To build physical development and skills

CURRICULUM
The curriculum is based on the well-established “Creative Curriculum” which focuses on meeting the needs and interests of the whole child using an individualized lesson plan.  Children learn to care for pets in every room and develop self-help skills through hands-on experiences.  Our diverse staff offer introduction to various languages through inclusion of Spanish and Sign Language. Long-term projects and studies give children an opportunity to explore and learn in-depth. One of the more popular studies is the garden project which has continued for several years and includes studies on soil, insects, composting and a variety of seeds and plants.  Daily outdoor activities and a state of the art playground offer large motor development and play, something all children enjoy.

FOOD SERVICE
The program serves a well-balanced and nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks.  Meals are served “Family Style” to promote conversation and to encourage children to try new foods.  The menu offers a variety of foods that include multi-cultural items. All meals meet the USDA standards and menus are approved by a base dietitian or a MAJCOM specialist.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT
The Family Advisory Board (FAB) allows parents opportunities to actively participate in program activities.  Parents who are involved in the FAB establish a partnership between their families and the program.  The FAB gives parents opportunities to feel that they are part of the program.  The FAB meets every quarter and supports fundraisers and other events for the children and staff.

WAITING LIST
If there are no vacancies at the CDC, patrons will need to complete a DD Form 2606, Request for Child Care. Children will be placed according to the Edwards AFB Airman and Family Services Flight Priority Enrollment Policy. For unborn children, waiting list documents may be completed during pregnancy. PCS inbound can be placed on the waiting list as soon as they have published orders.

REGISTRATION
Once a child care space is offered, the sponsor has twenty-four hours to accept the position. A completed registration packet must be received at the CDC two working days after accepting the child care space. If no contact is made within twenty-four hours or the space is refused by the sponsor, the space will be offered to the next family on the waiting list. When a family does not make contact or refuses the space, the family’s DD Form 2606 will be removed from the waiting list and a new DD Form 2606 must be accomplished to return to the waiting list.

POLICIES
The CDC complies with AFI 34-144, the most current year of the Inspection Checklist and with National Association for the Education of Young Children criterion for accreditation. In addition, a Parent Agreement is maintained and revised annually which outlines additional policies that are more specific to the CDC at Edwards AFB.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Have a question we didn’t cover? Call us at (661) 275-TOTS