COVID-19 | Nov. 23, 2020

Child Development Centers FAQs


C9 (formerly II2) Q: How are we protecting our CDC staff? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: Some Child Development Centers may close pending local area assessments. However, so long as the Service may safely do so, the Coast Guard intends to keep Child Development Centers (CDCs) open to support our mission-essential personnel.

CDCs will remain open when commands require mission support for essential personnel. They will close when they pose an additional risk to the community or do not serve a support role.

The Child Development Centers and Family Child Care programs are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention standards for mitigating and managing the risk of transmitting diseases, which reduces the risk of transmission for both children and workers.


C10 (formerly II3) Q: What happens if a CDC teacher tests positive for COVID-19? How about a child? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: Each child care center and its parent command will follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requirements for mitigating and managing risk at the child care centers. To address a specific transmission threat involving a CDC, the command will assess the risks with their subject matter experts and decide what is in the best interest of families and Coast Guard missions. For more information, visit CDC Guidance for Schools and Childcare Programs.


C11 (formerly I14) I4 Q: If a CDC doesn’t have enough staff, how will you turn people away? Will you prioritize those who are deemed mission essential? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: The unit’s commanding officer and the CDC will use their best discretion to limit or otherwise prioritize certain children for services at CDCs. For questions regarding CDC operations, see ALCOAST 099/20. 


C12 (formerly II5) Q: If my non-USCG childcare center closes, will I still get my childcare subsidy? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: If community-based (private) childcare programs are requiring families to pay for their childcare spaces, and families are not able to attend, invoices submitted to the CG Childcare Subsidy Program will be paid.


C13 (formerly II6) Q: Can military or GS/WG workers share leave with CDC workers? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: It depends.  Military members, regardless of status, may not donate leave to any GS or NAF employees.  GS employees may enroll in the leave donation program to share their leave with other GS employees.  GS employees may not donate or share leave with non-GS employees.  NAF employees may share or donate leave with other NAF employees.  The Community Services Command, Human Resource staff will assist NAF CDC workers who wish to participate in leave donation program.  More information on leave transfer can be found here: Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) .


C18 (formerly II8) Q: If my Coast Guard CDC closes, will I still be charged? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: You will not be charged for services not rendered. You will be credited if you have prepaid.


C19 (formerly II9) Q: In the event of a CDC closure, can CDC staff use Coast Guard Mutual Assistance? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: Yes, both GS and NAF employees may apply and receive assistance fromCGMA.  Visit:


C20 (formerly I10) 0 Q: Can people volunteer to help staff a CDC if its regular staff aren’t able to come in to work? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: Coast Guard CDCs must be supervised by accredited CDC staff. Active duty service members can be directed to work at a child care center, however they should only be used for administrative tasks, and not as caregivers, unless they have the proper training and are supervised by qualified caregivers or management staff.

Coast Guard families may use their personal family networks to provide childcare services within the Coast Guard community. Unit commands may advertise for individuals willing to provide childcare services for use at parents’ discretion.


C21 (formerly I11) Q: Can commands prioritize telework for parents with children at closed CDCs? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: Yes. Commands have the discretion to run their offices and staff as long as they do not act illegally or unethically. Commands should make every effort to distribute duties as equitably as possible among members with dependents and those without dependents, but their foremost concern must be ensuring that mission-essential work is being done.


C22 (formerly I12) Q: What should I do if my child’s school closes due to COVID-19? *Updated 11/23/2020*

A: As a result of the pandemic, the Coast Guard has relaxed the standards for telework and you may telework even though you are also serving as a primary caregiver. You are still required to work the requisite number of hours, but may fulfill that requirement using split shifts. See the Telework FAQ  section for additional guidance on next steps.