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Child Development Homes

Hours of Operation may vary from home to home.  Standard Hours of operation are from 0600-1730.  However, because some homes take children in the evenings and weekends, their hours may differ.  Please talk to the home care providers and CDH Supervisor for special situations.

Children must arrive at the Child Development Center before 1030 or wait until 1330 to enter.  The only exception is if the child has a doctor's appointment and a doctor's note is presented. 

Child Development Home (CDH) programs are provided by authorized family members in base housing, or homes off base. These programs serve children 6 weeks to 12 years of age and include full-day, part-day, hourly care and before and after school options. Special Purpose Homes (weekend care, long term, around the clock care).  The CDH program offers small, multi-age care in a nurturing home environment. CDH offers a variety of home care options, with the advantage of having siblings cared for by the same primary caregiver. The hours of operation tend to be more tailored to meet the scheduling needs of the families it serves. Parents are given the opportunity to choose their child care provider through an interview process. CDH providers use daily routines, planned curriculum and teachable moments to meet the varied needs and interests of children. The goal of CDH is to teach the "whole" child by providing a variety of materials, experiences, and activities that promote learning through play.

The homes selected for this program must meet state licensing requirements and Navy standards. Only the best qualified applicants are selected to become CDH providers. Initial certification process includes: Background screening (provider, all adult household members, and children over the age of 13); Detailed home inspections (fire, health, safety, and program); In-home family interview; Program planning (parent contracts, menus, evacuation plan, discipline policy, activity plan, daily routine schedule); Pre-certification home visits (at least one unannounced); Substantive professional early childhood Training Certified in CPR/First Aid; Child Abuse Prevention and Identification; Medication Administration; Communicable Diseases; and Food and Nutrition. Clearly defined procedures ensure children receive quality of care equivalent to that offered in Child Development Centers and School-Age Care Programs. Children are placed through Central Registration according to eligibility and priority status. Infrastructure supports successful caregiving with: Extensive initial and on-going competency based training; Credentials and Accreditation; USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program; Equipment/toy lending library; Technical Assistance; Parent Advisory Council. Being a Child Development Home Provider is also an excellent career choice for those spouses that want to stay home and earn an extra income.

Military families move often and have concerns about employment and child care. The Navy CDH program is a mobile profession for Military spouses worldwide. For more information on CDH On and Off base homes please contact the CDH Office at (228) 871-4570 or (228) 871-2323.

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