abcs of the cdcAndrea Post | Director of the Child Development Center
As the common saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child.
MCCS Iwakuni Child & Youth Programs strives to be an integral part of that village by providing the highest quality of care for the children of US servicemembers, DoD civilians, and contractors. At the Child Development Center (CDC), children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age are able to participate in full-day, part-day, and hourly care programs.
The enrollment process begins by creating an account on militarychildcare.com and identifying the request for care on MCAS Iwakuni.
Once our Resource & Referral Specialist receives a request, they will contact you to discuss options for care. Once a space is identified, a response is requested within 48 hours in order to confirm the space.
If a space is confirmed, the Resource & Referral Specialist will provide the required paperwork that needs to be completed and returned two weeks prior to the start of care. This paperwork includes several forms, immunization records, and a health assessment.
For many families, this portion of enrollment process is the most difficult part as it requires coordination with the clinic and working with a busy schedule, so keep that in mind as you prepare to place your child in care.
Registration is complete once you’ve provided all the necessary paperwork and any special medical or dietary needs of your child have been addressed.
Fees for care are based on total family income and are set annually by the Department of Defense. The fees are set this way so that quality care is available to all servicemembers regardless of pay.
Due to the capacity limitations, families are sometimes placed on a waitlist for care. Active-duty servicemembers have the highest priority, followed by DoD civilians, and then contractors.
According to DoD Instruction 6060.02, active-duty servicemembers have the highest priority in order to support mission readiness. Some Direct Care Employees are also considered one of the highest priorities to ensure the proper staffing of the facility.
If you are not sure what priority you or your family are listed under, contact your Resource & Referral Specialist
1A Combat Related Wounded Warrior
1B Single C&Y Direct Care Employee
C&Y Direct Care Employee with Working Spouse
1C Single Active Duty
Dual Active Duty
Single Active Duty Guard/Reserve on Orders
Dual Active Duty Guard/Reserve on Orders
Single Mobilized Guard/Reserve on Orders
Dual Mobilized Guard/Reserve on Orders
1D Active Duty w/Working Spouse
Active Duty Guard/Reserve on Orders with Working Spouse
Mobilized Guard/Reserve on Orders with Working Spouse
1E Single DOD CIV
Dual DOD CIV
1F DOD CIV with Working Spouse
1G Surviving Spouse Combat Related-Working
2 C&Y Direct Care Employee with Spouse Seeking Employment
Active Duty with Spouse Seeking Employment
Active Duty Guard/Reserve on Orders with Spouse Seeking Employment
Mobilized Guard/Reserve on Orders with Spouse Seeking Employment
DOD CIV with Spouse Seeking Employment
Surviving Spouse Combat Related-Seeking Employment
3 C&Y Direct Care Employee with Student Spouse
Active Duty with Student Spouse
Active Duty Guard/Reserve on Orders with Student Spouse
Mobilized Guard/Reserve on Orders with Student Spouse
DOD CIV with Student Spouse
Surviving Spouse Combat Related-Student
SA If you do not fall into one of the above categories, you may be placed as space becomes available.
Active-duty servicemembers have the highest priority, followed by DoD civilians, and then contractors.
Our current CDC, including two temporary buildings, has the space to provide care for 147 children. The new CDC is projected to open summer 2018, bringing the total capacity to 213.
Because of these priorities, some categories are served on a space-available basis meaning some families may be asked to vacate a space in order to provide care for patrons of a higher priority category such as dual military families and single parent active-duty servicemembers.
Though every effort is made to avoid withdrawing care from families who need it, the pains of a growing installation occasionally requires these measures.
The CDC is working to lighten the burden of capacity limitations on our community. With an influx of new families arriving on station in the past year and near future, MCCS and MCAS Iwakuni, with the support of the government of Japan, is constructing a new Child Development Center directly adjacent to the current one.
Another care option available on MCAS Iwakuni is Family Child Care (FCC). An FCC home is a small, mixed-age group of children who are cared for by an individual managing a childcare business out of their home.
Authorized FCC homes undergo a vigorous background check process, receive the same training as CDC staff, receive FCC specific trainings, and provide a more intimate environment where children who need individual attention can thrive. These homes are also inspected regularly by the same agencies that inspect the CDC.
Currently, Iwakuni has one authorized FCC home and is always on the lookout for caring people who have an interest in opening their own childcare business on MCAS Iwakuni.
The CDC strives to provide safe and nurturing child care for the members of our community. If you’d like more information, please do not hesitate to contact MCCS Family Care Programs at 253-5064.
We look forward to meeting you and hope that you will entrust us with the care of your children!