Child Development Center

For further information or to find out how to enroll your children please call the CDC at 731-2417.

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NAEYC Accredited The Child Development Center (CDC) provides center-based care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC provides care to children of active duty military and DoD/NAF civilian personnel families. We are committed to providing the best developmental experiences for all children. The curriculum is designed to meet the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical needs of children by using Developmentally age-appropriate activities.

  • The Child Development Center was nationally accredited by NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children December, 2013. This is a mark of quality in early childhood education and a measure achieved by only 8% of all child care centers nationwide.
  • All our staff is certified in CPR and 1st Aid. In addition, the staff exceeds the required amount of annual training by over 100%! They are the best!
  • Our program focuses on your child’s individual needs and on their social, emotional, and intellectual Development.
  • Because we work as a team, our staff is allowed to be creative and use their education and experience to create imaginative programs.
  • Our staff is carefully selected on the basis of educational background, experience, and ability to meet the individual needs of the children in our program. Our staff is continually learning new ideas through training courses and workshops. They strive to ensure the best possible care is available to Malmstrom’s children.

Our philosophy

The practices of Air Force Child Development Programs are based on current knowledge of child development and early childhood education. CDC programs are responsible for supporting the development of the whole child, meaning all areas of development are considered inter-related and equally important. The program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers, and caring adults. We respect each child’s unique interest, experiences, abilities, and needs, thus allowing us to be responsive to and appropriate for each child.  Children are valued as individuals, as well as part of a group. Likewise, the program respects and supports the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children. We advocate for children, families, and the early childhood professionals within our programs.

General Information

Family members, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, of active duty military and DoD/NAF civilians are eligible to use the CDC. The present center has an enrollment capacity of 244. To enroll parents must:

  • Complete DD Form 2606, Request for Care Record
  • Complete DD Form 2652, Application for DoD Child Care Fees
  • Complete AF Form 1181, Air Force Youth Flight Program Patron Registration
  • Current immunizations
  • Submit copy of most current LES and/or pay stub
  • Sign CDC contract

Parents of children who cannot be accommodated in the CDC at the time care is required must complete DD Form 2606, DoD Child Development Program Request for Care Record. The CDC staff can provide you with the Priority Placement Policy.

Fees and charges are based on total family income and are adjusted annually in accordance with the Military Child Care Act of 1989/1996.

The CDC participates in the USDA Food Program and children are served a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day.