The Child Development Home program is an alternative to center-based care and is often preferred by families because of the small group sizes, the home-like atmosphere and the flexible hours of operation that the center often cannot accommodate. Child Development Homes provide a warm, family setting in which children can participate in developmentally appropriate learning activities, as well as home life experiences. The children are able to build a trusting relationship with a provider who will foster their curiosity and creativity, provide guidance and give them the hugs they need.
Child Development Home Providers must be Navy Certified. The certification process is provided through the Child and Youth Programs and consists of Basic First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse Prevention, Child Development, Activity Planning, Nutrition, Business Practices and Parent/Customer Relations. In addition to the provider’s certification they receive monthly unannounced home inspections by the Child and Youth Program Director or Child Development Home Monitor and must successfully complete all required background screenings. Providers are also required to complete monthly trainings to ensure they provide the best possible care to your children.