Child Development Center


Joint Base Charleston Air Base Child Development Program is a nationally accredited program certified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers top quality developmental child care services for the base’s youngest members.

The CDC strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment while promoting the physical, emotional and intellectual development of young children. Care offered includes developmental and educational care for older infants, toddlers and preschool children ranging in age from 6 months to 5 years.

CDC programs are available for dependents of active duty military, DoD civilians and Non-Appropriated Fund civilian employees, on a first come, first served basis. Parents may register their children for care at

Programs & Curriculum

Full Day Care is open from 6:30am-6pm. CDC programs are available for dependants of active duty military and DoD civilians. All prospective patrons must register online at  Rates are based on total family income.

Hourly Care is provided on a space available basis to those needing occasional care during operational hours. Ages for hourly care are 12 months to 5 years. Parents needing hourly care must call in advance to make reservations based on availability. Hourly care patrons must follow specific guidelines available at the CDC.

Curriculum is center-based, child-initiated and teacher supported with a belief that children learn best by doing. Creative Curriculum and the Developmental Training Model allow staff to individualize developmentally appropriate practices for each child in the program.

Lesson plans are created based on observations and recordings of each child’s special interests and development progress. It is our belief that play provides the foundation for academic learning and is the preparation a child needs before they are ready to learn through their social, emotional, physical and cognitive experiences.

The early childhood curriculum’s most important goal is to help children become more enthusiastic learners. We strive to make learning fun for the children while providing a warm and nurturing environment.

Many special events are planned through out the year. Annual events are Open House, Pajama Literacy Night, Family Fun Days, and Month of the Military Child Festival and Events. Preschool children visit many educational and cultural programs in the area to increase their knowledge and experiences. Parents are encouraged to participate in any and all activities when ever possible.

Staff Training

Staff Training is one of the most important factors in a quality program. We provide initial orientation and training to include CPR and First Aid for all new employees. Ongoing training is required for all employees at the CDC.

Training is acquired through Air Force Module Training Program, Air Force Conferences, college courses, local seminars and workshops, in-house workshops, videos and on-the-job training and through observations at other military and civilian programs.

Medications The staff at the CDC is trained to administer medication, however, only medication that is prescribed by a physician is allowed.

If your child needs medication, parents must provide a written request AF1055 (Youth Flight Medication Permission Form) to the CDC.

Forms must be filled out in its entirety and initialed daily for permission to administer. Only prescriptions requiring 3 or more doses daily will be administered. This does not apply to diaper creams, topical lotions or sunscreens. Please ask desk clerk for more details. Over the counter medication such as Tylenol, cough syrups, aspirins, etc., may not be administered.

Food Service All meals at the Child Development Center are prepared by the cook and are planned and prepared to meet USDA guidelines for quality and quantity.

Menus provide a healthy, balanced diet that appeal to a child’s palate. After careful planning and review, the menus are approved by a licensed dietician.

Many ethnic foods are introduced to broaden children’s understanding of the world. Meals are served family-style-dining, with children assisting in table set-up and clean-up.

The Joint Base Charleston Air Base Child Development Center, Youth Programs and Family Child Care Announce the sponsorship of U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. All meals served to children under the Child and Adult Care Food Program are served Free regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication (Braille, large print, audio tape, etc.) should Contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). There is to be no discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Admission Registration is required for all families requesting child care services. Parents relocating to Joint Base Charleston who have a need for child care services may pre-register their children upon receipt of their orders online at

Admission requirements

-AF Form 1181 (Air Force Youth Flight Program Patron Registration) used to document personal data, immunizations, medical information, emergency contacts and special requirements
-DD Form 2652 (Application for Department of Defense Child Care Fees) used to calculate total family income
-CDC Contract
-USDA Food Program Application

Parents must present a current and up-to-date copy of their Leave and Earning Statements (both parents if applicable) for calculating fees. Failure to submit financial information will result in placement in the highest fee category. All forms must be updated annually or when a change takes place.

Other pertinent information such as Air Force Instruction, policy letters, operating instructions etc. is available at the front desk.

Each patron and child(ren) must attend an orientation before starting care at the CDC. The Joint Base Charleston Air Base CDC enrolls all children of Active Duty and DoD Civilians regardless of race, culture, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry or disability. The Child Development Center accommodates all children except those whose needs require extreme modifications beyond the capability of the facility and its resources.

Fees & Charges are in accordance with the Department of Defense guidelines and are based on Total Family Income. A sliding scale is used to for fees.

Contract Fees are due each Monday by close of business. Late fees are assessed if payments are not made on time.

CDC fees cover quality child care, meals and snacks.