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United States Marine Corps
501 Wake Blvd.
MCRD Parris Island, SC 29905
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.
Come let your child experience the wonderful world of toddlers through guided play and exposure to an array of stimulating age-appropriate activities that includes computers, arts and crafts, reading, listening centers and more!
Your child will enjoy a full day of an enriching preschool environment that will assist in building the foundation for their transition into school. Please call for more information or to make a reservation.
MCRD Parris Island Child Development Center
Parris Island Child Development Center opens at 5:30am - 6:30pm from Monday through Friday. We offer quality care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We also offer hourly care as space permits. While attending the Parris Island CDC, children will be offered breakfast and lunch as well as an afternoon snack. All meals are designed to fulfill USDA guidelines.
MCAS Beaufort Child Development Center
MCAS CDC is open from 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. We offer care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We also offer hourly care from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Hourly care is by reservation only. While attending the MCAS CDC children will be offered breakfast and lunch as well as an afternoon snack. All meals are designed to fulfill USDA guidelines. Our facility is also open for extended hours by reservation on Payday Friday, 6:00 p.m. -Midnight and every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday Hourly Care
Available at both MCAS Beaufort and MCRD Parris Island. Reservations are required by the Wednesday of each week, which will help us adequately schedule the center’s staff. For more information or to make a reservation, call 843-228-3514 for MCRD Parris Island or 843-228-7290 for MCAS Beaufort. South Carolina Certificate of Immunization is required for both locations.
For current Child Development Center rates and for a copy of the Drop-In Registration Form, visit our website.
Our programs include: hourly care for 6 weeks of age to five years (up to 25 hours per week), part-day preschool for three & four year olds, full day care for thirteen months to five years old. Our Parris Island Youth Center (YC) provides before and after care for five years (kindergarten) through twelve years of age and full day camp for this age group in the summer. Our Family Child Care Program (FCC) provides home-based care for children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. All of Parris Island's programs for Children and Youth are inclusive; children with special needs are welcome.
The dependents of: active duty military, active duty reservists, retired military, DOD civilians & DOD contractors are eligible to attend CYT programs. The fees are based upon total family income (TFI). Priority care is given to single/dual active duty military that are stationed at Parris Island. There is an excess demand list, projected wait list and preference for care wait list.
Parris Island has one Child Development Center, and one Youth Center. However, dependents can use any CYT programs at Laurel Bay and MCAS Beaufort. The Parris Island Child Development Center offers a variety of child care programs. Following is a description of each: Full day developmental programs for pre-toddlers, toddlers and preschool children ages 11 months to 5 years of age. The full day program hours are 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Drop-In Child Care Now open Bldg 115 (Old DI School) between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.. Reservations may be made up to 2 weeks in advance.
Please call 843-228-3514 to reserve space. Maximum usage 20 hours/week. $7 registration fee & $2.50/hour. SC Certificate of Immunization required for all children.
Family Child Care (FCC) homes offer safe, high quality child care through high standards for quality and well-trained staff in a family/home atmosphere with a small group of children in either government housing or a private home off the installation. Care can include full day, part day, hourly or extended day care for parents that work non-traditional hours. Each professional FCC provider and their family must undergo a series of background screenings. The FCC provider must complete a comprehensive and extensive initial training, as well as on-going training. This program also provides the spouse of military dependents the opportunity to operate their own business while remaining in their home with their own children. The FCC professional provides much needed quality service to children and families from the military. 843-846-2270. http://www.mccs-sc.com/mil-fam/cdc.shtml
The School Age Care (SAC) program is a nationally accredited child care service for children ages 5-12 needing care before and after school. SAC provides a safe, supervised and age-appropriate environment with individual and group activities that develop the social, emotional, cognitive and physical potential of children.
SAC also offers full-day hourly care on school holidays and teacher in-service days as well as day camps during extended school breaks.
Registration for the School Age Care Programs, with the exception of Hourly Care, must be completed at MilitaryChildCare.com
The New Parent Support Program (NPSP) is a professional team of social workers and nurses who offer education, counseling and support to expectant parents, adoptive parents or families with children five and under. NPSP helps families cope with stress, isolation, post-deployment reunions and the everyday demands of parenthood through a variety of programs including home visits, support groups, and Baby Boot Camp.
Our trained, supervised home visitors have extensive knowledge of the issues encountered by today's parents including: