Child and Youth Program (CYP) provide high quality child care programs and services that support eligible families.  All programs are designed to enrich your child’s social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development.  CYP Professionals work in partnership with parents to meet each individual child's needs in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment.

  • Accessibility:   CYP are offered on Defense Logistics Agency installations within the continental United States.
  • Affordability:  Families are supported with affordable programs.  CYP services are based on household income.
  • Eligibility:  Programs are available to active duty military, activated reservists and guardsmen, DoD civilian personnel, and DoD contractors.
  • Quality:  Programs are among the highest quality in the nation.


Child Development Centers (CDC) are designed to meet the individual developmental needs of eligible children by offering quality child care.  Programs provide low adult-to-child ratios that support quality experiences for young children and onsite Training and Curriculum Specialists who mentor and foster professional development of CYP Professionals.

  • CDCs use The Creative Curriculum, a standard curriculum model designed to support individualized planning for children while guiding their learning as meaningful and purposeful experiences.  This research-based curriculum approach fosters early brain development and school success thus providing continuity for military families adapting to frequent moves between installations.
  • CDCs are DoD certified, nationally accredited and meet the highest quality of early childhood program standards and criteria.
  • Each CDC supports parent involvement and works to ensure the inclusion of all children.
  • Youth Programs include activities such as arts and crafts, games, recreational sports, fitness and a variety of special events.

For additional CYP information or assistance with registration, contact your local CDC.