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Installation Overview --MCRD San Diego, California


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Installation Overview --MCRD San Diego, California

MCRD San Diego Child Development Center

Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

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 Regional Childcare Resource and Referral Office (CCRR) maintains the consolidated Wait List for all six centers in Metro San Diego located on Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, MCRD, MCAS Miramar, Naval Medical Center and Murphy Canyon housing area and for spaces in Navy licensed Child Development Home providers (in-home care). There are three Child Development Centers in the San Diego area located at Naval Base San Diego, Naval Base Point Loma, and the Naval Medical Center San Diego.

Child Development Centers (CDC) in San Diego Hours of operation are 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday with limited drop-in care provided.

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 (IA) assignment.

A DD Form 2606, Request for Care Record, is required to apply for the Child Development Program Central Enrollment and Waiting List (CEWL) and is used for all the Regional Child Development Centers, Child Development Homes (CDH) and the School Age Care (SAC) Program. Military families relocating to Navy Region Southwest can mail in the DD Form 2606 upon receipt of orders, upon arrival in San Diego, or as soon as you know you are pregnant. Waiting lists vary based upon the age of your child.

Weekly 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 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. Hourly or drop in care is limited.

The Child Development Home (CDH) Program is 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. Contact CDH for more information on drop-in care.

The SAC program offers before/after school care as well as day camps.

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