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United States Marine Corps
Resource and Referral
Yuma, AZ 85365
Programs and services are available at most installations for children up to age 12. Care may be provided in Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Please review the information to find out what programs and services are available at this installation. Please contact the Child and Youth Program point of contact at this installation if you require information, assistance or resources for child care in your local community.
The Child Development Center (CDC) 928-269-2350/2349 Buildings 1085 and 1071
The CDC offers several program options for child care to eligible patrons. The Early Learning Matters (ELM) Curriculum is used. It is a comprehensive, research-informed program to support the optimal learning and development of children from birth to five years of age. The curriculum promotes skills linked to school readiness and life success with the best practices available. The practices include developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and the proven benefits of a coordinated mix of staff-guided and child-initiated learning experiences.
Full Day Care is available for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Children are served breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
School Age Care (SAC) 928-269-5390 Building 1050
School Age Care (SAC) is open to youth who are enrolled in kindergarten through age 12. The SAC curriculum is developed around the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) clubs/programs and interests of youth. Before and After School Care hours are Monday through Friday from 0630 to 0830 and 1330 to 1730, and on early release days. The Yuma School District One school calendar is followed. Camps are offered during school breaks (winter, spring, and summer).
Child and Youth Programs (CYP) encompasses the Resource and Referral/Supplemental Programs and Services, Child Development Center (CDC), and the Youth Center (YC). The CDC and the School Age Care (SAC) Program at the YC are both accredited. The CDC by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and SAC by the Council on Accreditation. These accreditations are only given to programs that can demonstrate standards of excellence for high quality, developmentally appropriate programming and family relationships.
Meals and snacks for all child care programs are free and adhere to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) requirements through the State of Arizona’s USDA program. Diet preferences are not accommodated but diets for special needs may be accommodated.
Weekly fees for all child care programs are determined by total family income (TFI) and based on a sliding fee scale for full day, part day and before and after school care. Patrons must provide current Leave and Earning Statements for adults working in the household. A discount is offered for siblings enrolled in full day programs.
CYP is open from 0630-1730 Monday through Friday, except on federal holidays.
Comprehensive inspections of all CYP programs occur twice annually; once by Headquarters Marine Corps and again in a Multi-disciplinary Inspection from Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Other inspections occur monthly and quarterly. Background checks are completed on all CYP staff providers to ensure children are in the best environment. Staff and providers within CYP receive training and may earn their Child Development Associate while working with CYP.
Registration and enrollment for all programs within CYP are done in the offices of Resource and Referral (R&R). This includes the maintenance of the waiting list for classrooms and providers that are full. Families needing care, must register and create a household account through MilitaryChildcare.com (MCC.com). Next, families need to stop by R&R and fill out a registration packet. Sponsors fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record as part of the packet. Resource and Referral offer contracts for the after-hours childcare needs of the units on the installation for events such as deployment and return briefs, Marine Corps balls, etc. For more information contact R&R at 928-269-3251 or 928-269-3234.