Child Development Center

Serving children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

Our high-quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing care environment, while promoting physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years who have not yet started Kindergarten. We offer full-day care, as well as hourly & sublet care on a space available basis.

Our program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and certified by the Department of Defense.

Request Care

To apply for care, eligible families must fill out their household profile and submit a request through Requests for care may be submitted at any time, even prior to birth or to receiving hard-copy orders for a PCS.

Priority & Waiting List

Priority Determination

Filling out a request for care does not guarantee your child a slot. Priority determination will be made for placement unless space is available and no waiting list exists. The list is reviewed daily by management.

  • Priority 1A – Child Development Program Staff
  • Priority 1B – Single/Dual Military & Military with a Full-Time Working Spouse
  • Priority 1C – Military Members with a Part-Time Working Spouse or those with a Spouse Seeking Employment
  • Priority 1D – Military Members with a Spouse Enrolled Full-Time in a Post-Secondary Institution
  • Priority 2 – Single/Dual DoD Civilians with a Full-Time Working Spouse
  • Priority 3 – Space Available
Waiting List

Our waiting list is divided into an active list for families who will accept a space as soon as it is available, and an inactive list for families who will not need care within the next 30 days. Once families have a date of care needed within 30 days, they will automatically move to the active waitlist.

A family may go up or down on the list due to another family of higher priority signing up for, or declining care. It is always recommended that families have backup care.

Important: Families PCSing to GFAFB must update their profile to reflect what their family status will be upon arrival in Grand Forks in order to be accurately prioritized on the waitlist. If a family’s status is incorrect when offered care, they may have care revoked due to an incorrect priority and will have to reapply.


Our fees are determined using a sliding scale based on total family income

Events & Programs

Give Parents a Break

Let us entertain your kids, while you take a few hours off!

Free Care

The Give Parents a Break program provides hourly childcare for eligible parents who are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life, including deployments, remote tours of duty, and extended working hours.

In order to receive free care, parents must have a referral on file with the Military & Family Readiness Center. Referrals may be obtained from your commander, first sergeant, base chaplain, medical group, family support center, or child & youth programs personnel.

Parent’s Day/Night Out

Parent’s Day/Night Out runs concurrently with Give Parents a Break. Care is provided at a rate of $8 per hour on a space available basis.

Sign ups for both programs are required at least 2 Wednesdays prior to the event.

2024 GPAB/PNO Schedule

Parent Advisory Board

The Child and Youth Program’s Parent Advisory Board (PAB) is open to all parents of children using the CDC, School Age Care, Family Child Care, or the Youth & Teen Center. Its purpose is to increase awareness of all CYP activities, and provides opportunities for parent involvement in events and programming.

The PAB meets quarterly and the meetings are held at one of the Child & Youth Programs facilities. For more information on upcoming PAB meetings, please contact the CDC at 701-747-3042.