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Parris Island Marine Recruit Depot

Beaufort, South Carolina

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Child Development Centers


Address: 6296 Rivers Avenue, PO Box 63305, N. Charleston, SC 29419-3305


The MCAS Beaufort ‘s Child Development Center (CDC) is certified by the Department of Defense (DOD) and is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our programs include: hourly care for 6 weeks of age to five years (up to 25 hours per week), part-day preschool for three & four year olds, full day care for thirteen months to five years old. Our Family Child Care Program (FCC) provides home-based care for children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. All of MCAS's programs for Children, Youth, & Teens (CYT) are inclusive; children with special needs are welcome.


Eligibility/Priority - The dependents of: active duty military, active duty reservists, retired military, DOD civilians & DOD contractors are eligible to attend CYT programs. Priority care is given to single/dual active duty military that are stationed at MCAS Beaufort. There is an excess demand list, projected wait list and preference for care wait list.


MCAS Beaufort has one Child Development Center, and does not have a Youth Center. However, dependents can use any CYT programs at Laurel Bay and Parris Island. 


Costs - The fees are based upon total family income (TFI).


Programs Offered - The MCAS Beaufort Child Development Center offers a variety of child care programs. Following is a description of each: Full day developmental programs for pre-toddlers, toddlers and preschool children ages 11 months to 5 years of age. The full day program hours are 6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Drop-In Child Care is now open in Bldg 1142 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.. Reservations may be made up to 2 weeks in advance. Please call 843-228-7114/7290 to reserve space. Maximum usage 20 hours/week. There is a $7 registration fee & cost is $2.50/hour. SC Certificate of Immunization required for all children.


Respite Care - Respite Care is available through the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP).  The child must be a member of the EFMP. If the child is an EFM the child and his/her sibling can use the Child Development Center (CDC) for respite care. The child is allow 40 hours per month for respite care at the center.  To register for respite care you must call 843-228-6903 or 228-3843. To set up an appointment for your child to be dropped off at the CDC you will need to call 843-228-7290.


Preschool - Preschool is avaiable at the Child Development Center (CDC) on Marine Corps Air Station only from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. The classes are for children from ages 3 to 5 years old. For more information please call 843-228-7290.


Family Child Care (FCC) - Family Child Care (FCC) homes offer safe, high quality child care through high standards for quality and well-trained staff in a family/home atmosphere with a small group of children in either government housing or a private home off the installation. Care can include full day, part day, hourly or extended day care for parents that work non-traditional hours. Each professional FCC provider and their family must undergo a series of background screenings. The FCC provider must complete a comprehensive and extensive initial training, as well as on-going training. This program also provides the spouse of military dependents the opportunity to operate their own business while remaining in their home with their own children. The FCC professional provides much needed quality service to children and families from the military.  843-846-2270.


School Age Care (SAC) - The SAC program is offered for children 5 to 12 years of age, or Kindergarten - 6th grade at the Parris Island and Laurel Bay Youth Centers. The Youth Centers provide a safe haven for school age children offering recreation activities, and before and after school programs. The facility boasts a full sized gymnasium, playground, arts and craft room, game room and teen center. Affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of America. MCCS SC Youth Program mission is to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring individuals. Their goal is to provide a safe place to learn and grow, ongoing relationship with caring, adult professionals, and offer life-enhancing programs that promote character development. Rates are base upon Total Family Income.MCRD Parris Island, 843-228-3302 Ext. 7344; Laurel Bay, 843-228-7640, Monday - Friday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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