Child Development Center

Child Development CenterThe Child Development Center offers many programs to meet the needs of the Coast Guard community, all designed to provide an educational, safe and nurturing environment for children ages six weeks to five years old. Programs are based on the belief that children learn best by doing, and that the best learning occurs through play.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy Child Development Center is a certified Coast Guard Child Development program and is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Eligibility:

Our program accepts children on a space available basis, following the priorities listed below.  Dependent children of Coast Guard military personnel and civilian employees, other military personnel, other federal employees, and employees of the Connecticut College community.

Location:

The USCGA Child Development Center is located two blocks off the Coast Guard Academy grounds at 16 Farnsworth Street, New London, CT.  The CDC consists of a 9100 sq. ft. building designed for children.  The facility includes two infant rooms, four toddler classrooms, and two preschool classrooms, and the building is fully equipped to meet the needs of young children and has an adjacent play yard designed for various age groups.

Hours of Operation:

The center is open twelve months a year – Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. In August of each year the CDC Director publishes an operating calendar noting any Federal Holiday closings or closures to provide professional development for staff as mandated by the Coast Guard.

2013/2014 CDC Calendar

Programs:

Infant Program:
The infant program accommodates 16 infants, from six weeks to twelve months of age. We maintain an adult:child ratio of 1:4 at all times with this age group. A primary caregiver is assigned to each infant to help develop and maintain a secure relationship. We offer a developmentally appropriate infant care program that is designed to meet the individual needs of each child.

Toddler Program:
The toddler program currently accommodates 40 children between the ages of twelve months to three years. Each class maintains a group size of ten children with an adult:child ratio of 1:5.

The toddler program provides a balance between the toddler’s conflicting need for security and independence. The program provides a developmentally appropriate educational setting with a variety of learning opportunities. Toddlers have plenty of opportunity to climb, run, crawl, and move around.

Preschool Program:
The preschool program accommodates up to 40 children between the ages of three and five years. Each class maintains an adult:child ratio of 1:10 with group sizes no more than 20 children.

The CDC offers a well-designed early childhood educational program that strives to meet the needs of every child. The teachers prepare the environment and provide stimulating and challenging activities for the children. The curriculum provides a good base for future academic success and kindergarten readiness.

Meals:

The Center provides meals for children according to the guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture, and participates in the Connecticut Adult and Child Food Program. Breakfast, lunch and a light afternoon snack are provided. All meals are served family style to help the children develop appropriate social and fine motor skills.

Fees:

Coast Guard, Department of Defense, and other Federal Employees pay on a sliding scale, based on their gross household income. The household income definition and categories follow the DOD guidelines for military programs. Fees are set and determined by this local command. Connecticut College families fees are determined by the current market rate.

Click here to view the current tuition rates.

Waiting List:

It is strongly recommended that personnel anticipate their future needs and submit a waiting list form well in advance of the desired date for care.

Click Here for the Waiting List Application

Other local childcare programs can be found by calling INFO-LINE, a Connecticut resource and referral service. Call: #211 in Connecticut or 1 (800) 505-1000. www.infoline.org

If you would like to learn more about our program, call  (860) 443-2101 to speak to someone or to schedule a tour.  Our e-mail address is: childevcenter@uscga.edu

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