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United States Marine Corps
Child Care Resource and Referral
3639 Norman Scott Road
San Diego, CA 92136
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.
Child Care is available aboard the Depot, however, the waiting list is extensive and you should be prepared to consider other child care options. The MilitaryChildCare.com assists in child placement in all metro Child Development Centers and Child Development Homes. Visit the militarychildcare.com where you can find comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide, conduct a customized search for the care you need and submit a request for care at any time and from any location.
All Child Development Centers (CDC) in San Diego are DoD certified. All Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The goal of the CDC is to provide children with developmentally appropriate childcare following all instructions set forth by Bureau of Personnel. MCRD CDC hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm, Monday-Friday with limited drop-in care provided. The CDC at Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island) offers twenty-four hour care. There is no state mandated preschool program; however, the CDC utilizes the Creative Curriculum, which is based on a solid foundation of theory and research. Contact MCRD CDC at (619) 524-4430 for more information
All active duty military personnel, DOD civilians, contractor employee working in the Navy Region Southwest, reservists on active duty or in training (with orders) are eligible. They will assist families enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program. Priority care may be given to Dual Active Duty families, Single parents, and members on individual augmentee assignment.
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CostsWeekly child care fees for the CDH Program are set by DoD and are determined by total family income. There is a subsidy program for Single Marines and Sailors, Dual Military couples or Service member whose spouse works full time or is a full-time student and have children up to age 3. For a list of fees please visit, Child and Youth Program Fee Policy (URL https://sandiego.navylifesw.com )
A Department of Navy offered program that is defined as care provided by private individuals in their government or civilian housing unit. Providers can be active duty family members or civilian. Care is for children on a regular basis, full-time or part-time, for more than 10 hours per week. Maximum number of children is limited to six, including the provider's own who are under 8 years old. CDH has been in existence in the San Diego area since 1986 as a part of the Child Development Program that is within the administrative and operational oversight of the Regional Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department. Hours vary by provider. Contact CDH for more information on limited drop-in care.
Eligible patrons include children of military personnel, DoD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty or inactive duty for training and retired members. Priority care may be given to dual active duty families, single parents, and members on individual augmentee assignment. In addition, there are often no wait times for Child Development Homes, some of which offer 24-hour care for single military parents or dual-active couples with children affected by duty days. For more information, Child Development Homes https://sandiego.navylifesw.com
Weekly child care fees for the CDH Program are set by DoD and are determined by total family income. For a list of fees please visit, Child and Youth Program Fee Policy https://sandiego.navylifesw.com
Child Care is available aboard the Depot at the Child Development Center, Bldg. 638 (Tel: 619-524-4430), however, the waiting list is extensive and you should be prepared to consider other child care options.
The SAC program offers before/after school care as well as day camps:
There are eight housing area recreation centers which offer before and after school care as well as day camps for children ages three to seventeen. For details on any of these programs or services, contact the local Housing Area Recreation Center or call 858-268-2828 or visit Youth Programs https://sandiego.navylifesw.com
Finding childcare takes time but planning ahead can alleviate some of the stress on your family. Centers in Metro San Diego are located on Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, Naval Base Coronado (Naval Air Station North Island and Naval Amphibious Base), Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Medical Center, Murphy Canyon Housing, Chollas Heights Housing, and Liberty Station Housing areas. For center phone listings, please visit the San Diego Metro Child Development Center https://sandiego.navylifesw.com webpages. The following child care programs are available: full time, part time, drop-in, pre-kindergarten, extended hours, respite care, before and after-school, summer and holiday camps.