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Child Development Center (CDC)


To provide quality child care that promotes an environment that is nurturing, loving, trusting, secure, safe, healthy and positive.

Program Overview

We provide quality full-time and hourly child care for children 6 weeks through 5 years of age. Additionally, small ratio groups are available for addressing the individualized needs of each child. Our specialized and trained staff have a strong educational foundation for early childhood practices and theories. Our staff insures all children receive the proper nurturing, respect and social interaction skills regardless of family background, race, gender or culture. We give our children the opportunity to make friends, to explore and to experiment through a variety of play activities.

Who is Eligible

Fort Detrick and Forest Glen Child Development Center (CDC) accepts children ages six weeks to kindergarten. Children of active duty military personnel, appropriated and non-appropriated Department of Defense (DoD) civilian personnel, Reservists and National Guard on active duty or during inactive duty training (must submit active duty orders), and DoD contractors working at Fort Detrick and Forest Glen may use services provided by the program. The CDC program enhances the development of children socially, emotionally, intellectually, creatively and physically. The staff develops an atmosphere in which program assistants and children work together to make children’s time away from home happier and more secure.  Fort Detrick and Forest Glen CDC are nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAYEC).

Training and Curriculum

The Training and Curriculum Specialists (TACS) ensure the curriculum provided in our programs is age appropriate and provides developmental learning activities. The TACSs also plan, track, and provide training for employees and parents. Each center has 1-2 TACS depending on the size of the facility. They monitor the execution of the program requirements, ensure staff training, assess environmental and program quality, role model developmentally appropriate practices, and work cohesively with the specified Program Director. We are currently using Creative Curriculum in our classrooms. To learn more, please visit the Creative Curriculum web site for additional information.

Strong Beginnings Pre-K

The Army's Pre-Kindergarten program, “Strong Beginnings - Building Foundations for Learning,” focuses on language, reading, mathematics, science, computers, social studies, the arts and helps prepare children for kindergarten. The Pre-K program operates 3 hours per day, Monday - Friday, from 830am-1130am with before and after care as a wrap around service to support the full CDC operating hours of 6am-6pm.

Please contact Parent Central Services for more information.

Registration and Fees

Children must be registered before enrolling in the Child Development Center Programs. Parent can register at Parent Central Services.

2022 - 2023 CYS CDC Fee Structure Chart

Fees are based on total family income.

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