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Child and Youth Programs


Navy Child and Youth Programs provide developmental child care and youth recreational programs and services for eligible children and youth ages 4 weeks to 18 years of age. Programs and services are specifically designed and operated to meet the unique needs of the military mission and service members and their families.

Our Programs

Child and Youth Education Services
 helps "level the playing field" for transitioning students, prepares schools and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transition and deployment while providing families the assurance that their children's academic well being is a Navy priority by providing School Transition Services, Deployment Support, Installation, School, Community Communications, Partnerships in Education, Home School Linkage and Support Post-Secondary Preparation Opportunities.

Child Development Centers provide full and part day child care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

Child Development Homes provide full and part day and night and weekend child care for ages 4 weeks to 12 years of age.

School-Age Care provides before and after school and day camps for ages 6 years to 12 years of age.

School Liaison Officers (SLO) are the Navy subject matter experts for K-12 Education issues. SLOs work to connect commanders, educators and parents.

Youth Sponsorship Program provides access to positive peer groups and social activities, helping Navy children feel connected at their new duty station.

Youth and Teen Programs provide sports programs, leisure classes, youth internet labs and teen programs for ages 6 years to 18 years of age.

Our guiding principles and our commitment to the members of the uniformed services:

We support our Service members and families with 227 facilities and 3,000 Child Development Homes world-wide and accredited commercial partnership spaces throughout the continental United States.

We are committed to the economic viability of military families. We offer affordable care based on household income.

Navy Child and Youth programs are among the highest quality in the nation. Navy Child Development Centers are accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Our Child Development Home Providers are certified by the Department of Defense, applicable state licensing agencies, and are currently accrediting with the National Association for Family Child Care.  Navy before and after-school programs are currently accrediting with the National AfterSchool Alliance. And, our Youth programs are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Developmental child care and youth recreational programs are available to all active duty military, activated reservists and guardsmen, DoD civilian personnel and DoD contractors. Youth recreational programs are also available to military retirees and DoD civilian retirees.

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