Office of Work-Life Programs -
Child Development Centers
Who is Eligible for this Program?
Coast Guard Child Development Centers Program is available to
the following members of Team Coast Guard:
- Active Duty, Reservists, Retirees and their dependents
- Civilian Service employees (appropriated and non-appropriated)
- Exchange System and MWR employees
- DoD and other Federal Employees
- DHS contractors
Purpose of Program
The purpose of the Child Development Center Program is to
provide onsite quality child development programs at an affordable rate to
children of Team Coast Guard parents.
Discussions of the information provided to enroll a child in a Child
Care Program are revealed only to persons with a need to know as defined
in the privacy act statements that accompany the enrollment forms.
All discussions between a parent of a child enrolled in the Child
Development Center Program and the Child Development Center Director and
staff members are confidential, with the exceptions as indicated above.
The following definitions apply to the Child Development
- Child Development Centers are facilities that
provide on a regularly scheduled basis, developmentally appropriate
programs designed to foster social, emotional, physical, creative, and
intellectual growth to groups of children from age 6 weeks to six years of
age. Before and after school programs and summer programs may be provided
on a space available basis.
- Developmental Programs are planned programs of activities that
are appropriate for the age and development level of the children
involved. These activities promote the social, emotional, physical,
creative and cognitive development of children.
- Accreditation is
an acknowledgement earned by a child development center that it meets
standards of quality child care set by the National Association for the
Education of Young Children.
- The Parent Committee is a group of
persons with an interest in child development programs, the majority of
whom are parents of children attending child development services
programs. This is not a policy making group, but a group that may provide
recommendations for improving the operation of the center. The committee
also supports the center through participation in field trips, holiday
events, playground improvement and other special activities.
Services and Resources Available
The following services and resources are available within the Child
Development Centers Program:
- Quality child care services for children six weeks through five,
with summer programs available in some locations
- Parenting information
- Referrals to special services
The following references provide details of the Child
Development Center Program:
Requesting Services or Resources
These services or resources can be obtained by contacting the
Family Resource Specialist at your Regional Work-Life Staff.
Regional Work-Life Staff. Work-Life Staffs are located
at Integrated Support Commands CG-wide and at the Headquarters Support
Command. Child Development Center Directors may be contacted at the
Related Web Sites
The following web sites provide information related to the Child Development
- American Academy of Pediatrics -
information concerning the physical, mental, and social health and
well-being for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults can be
- Care.com -
Babysitting, Nanny, Child Care, Tutoring, Pet Care, Senior Care
Providers and Jobs at Care.com where you can search our network of
pre-screened caregivers, view video interviews or post a job. You can
also contact the best caregiver for your family. Get a free background
check on any provider.
- Consumer Product Safety Commission -
http://www.cpsc.gov. This site has
information on recalled products and a special site for children with
Child Care Subsidy Program
- Flag Voice 375
Coast Guard Subsidy Program - GSA/Coast Guard Partnership
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- http://www.naeyc.org. The site
provides listings of NAEYC accredited child care centers by location and
is a source for books and brochures on early childhood education.
- National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies
- http://www.childcareaware.org/. Helps parents locate child
care in their area.
- National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families -
http://www.zerotothree.org/site/PageServer. Articles promoting
the healthy development of babies and toddler can be found here.
- National Network for Child Care -
http://www.nncc.org. USDA Cooperative
Extension System’s site provides information on child care and available
resources from county extension service offices.
- Parents.com -
http://www.parents.com. Committed to helping parents with the
adventure of raising children.
Point of Contact
If you are unable to contact the Family Resource Specialist on your
Regional Work-Life Staff, or need additional
assistance beyond the information provided here, please contact the
Headquarters Dependent Care Program Manager, Mr. Ken O'Meara at (202) 475-5160 or by Email at