Child and Youth Programs

Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provide high quality child care programs and services that support eligible families.  Child Development Programs, available for children six weeks through 12 years of age, include Child Development Centers, School Age Care and Family Child Care which offer full day and part time child care and in some locations hourly child care.  Youth Programs, serving children ages 6 to 18, are offered at many installation locations.  All programs are designed to enrich your child’s social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development.  CYP Professionals work in partnership with parents to meet each individual child's needs in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.

  • Accessibility:   CYP are offered in 91 installation based facilities and 132 Family Child Care homes world-wide and offer community based child care fee assistance throughout the continental United States.
  • Affordability:  Families are supported with affordable programs.  CYP services are based on household income.
  • Eligibility:  Programs are available to active duty military, activated reservists and guardsmen, DoD civilian personnel, and DoD contractors.
  • Quality:  Programs are among the highest quality in the nation.



  • Child Development Centers (CDC) are designed to meet the individual developmental needs of eligible children by offering quality child care.  Programs provide low adult-to-child ratios that support quality experiences for young children and onsite Training and Curriculum Specialists who mentor and foster professional development of CYP Professionals.
    • All CDCs use The Creative Curriculum, a standard curriculum model designed to support individualized planning for children while guiding their learning as meaningful and purposeful experiences.  This research-based curriculum approach fosters early brain development and school success thus providing continuity for military families adapting to frequent moves between installations.
    • CDCs are DoD certified, nationally accredited and meet the highest quality of early childhood program standards and criteria.
    • Each CDC supports parent involvement and works to ensure the inclusion of all children.
  • School Age Care (SAC) offers organized and supervised recreational, educational, and social activities for children ages 6 - 12 or those attending Kindergarten through Sixth grade.
    • SAC programs complement, rather than duplicate, the school day.  Emphasis is placed on programs that meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote individual and group activities that develop the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical potential of children.
    • SAC programs also offer summer camps and out of school care.
    • SAC programs are DoD certified, nationally accredited and meet the highest quality of early childhood program standards and criteria.
  • Family Child Care (FCC) providers offer high quality developmentally appropriate care to children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age.  FCC providers are trained and certified by the installation command to ensure familiarity with and meet policy, health and safety standards.  As independent business owners, FCC providers have more flexibility than centers in determining business hours as well as the type of care they provide such as infant only or care for children with special needs.  Smaller group sizes also support a more responsive experience for children.
  • Youth Programs include activities such as arts and crafts, games, recreational sports, fitness and a variety of special events.
  • Off Base Child Care Fee Assistance provides assistance to eligible Marines in paying for community based child care services.  The program is designed to assist eligible Marine families who live outside of a 15 mile radius to a Marine Corps installation with a Child Development Program in paying for approved community based child care services.
    • Families with school age children may also be eligible when there is no transportation to installation CYP.
    • Additionally, Community Based Respite Child Care for Wounded, Ill and Injured Marines and Fallen Marine families is available up to 16 hours of child care per month and per child at no cost.


Learn More is a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care.  This single online gateway provides access to military-operated and military-approved child care options across all military services. It enables families to search for and request care, manage child care requests, and update profiles online, making it easier for families to find the child care they need.

For additional CYP information or assistance with registration, you can contact your local CYP Resource and Referral Office.

To apply for community based fee assistance or respite child care services, visit

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