MCAS Child Care Center

Children, Youth and Teen Programs offer a variety of programs to meet the child care needs of eligible families. Their mission is to support families so they can perform their mission.

All children must have a current Registration packet on file to be able to attend any of the programs. All Registration packets expire December 31st of each calendar year, so, please remember to update your information annually. Please do not hesitate to contact the Resource and Referral office at (928) 269-3234 or (928) 269-3251 for more information or if assistance is needed.

School Aged Care:
This program is available at the Youth Center for children in kindergarten and up to 12-years-old. A variety of programs are offered in a safe, structured environment. There is Hourly (Drop In) Care, a Before and After School Care Program, Open Recreation and Camps (for children who are enrolled in school and who are in intersession). A current Registration packet must be on file for your child to attend services. Hourly Care fees are $3.00 per hour, per child. Open Recreation is a free program open to all children who meet eligibility requirements. Before and After School Program and Camp fees are based on your combined total family income.

Full Time Care:
This program runs Monday – Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Fees are determined based upon total combined family income. Children from 6 weeks of age to 5 years of age are eligible for care.

Hourly (Drop In) Care:
This program is based upon space availability. Children who are 6 weeks of age to 5 years of age (not in kindergarten) are eligible for this program at the Child Development Center. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance. Cost is $3.00 per hour, per child. You are able to use as much or as little space as we have available.

FREE Childcare:
Respite Care – For all deployed spouses is now available on the 1st and 4th Saturday of each month from 12:00 p.n. to 6:00 p.m. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance by contacting 928-269-2350.

Friday Night Care:
This program is available on the first Friday of each month from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The rates are $3.00 per hour, per child. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance by contacting 928-269-2350.

Part Day Preschool:
Do you have a child who missed the cut off date to start kindergarten, or will start kindergarten in the fall? Children, Youth & Teen Programs offer a morning and afternoon session of Part Day Preschool. This program is available Monday – Thursday. The child must be between the ages of 3-5 years and be fully potty trained. The curriculum in the classroom will focus on the skills needed for successful transition to the kindergarten environment.

Resource and Referral:
Expecting a baby? Planning on returning to work or school? It’s never too early to put your unborn child on the CDC’s wait list for care. By registering early, wait will be minimized. Infants must be at least six weeks old to attend child care.

For more information about any of the above programs, contact the Resource and Referral office at 928-269-3234 or 928-269-3251.

Family Child Care:
Interested in opening your home on/off base to other families, assisting with child care, being able to raise your own child and earn extra money? Become a certified family child care provider. Free child care is provided during orientation. FCC has a huge lending library, with items such as high chairs, strollers, toys, paper, paint and more. For more information, call Susie at 928-269-3233.


Yuma moms speak out. Find out what other moms had to say about the CDC’s preschool program:

“We LOVE the CDC on base here in Yuma. Absolutely, positively LOVE it! We started sending our (now) 2 year old about 2 months ago, and her language acquisition has nearly quadrupled, and her social skills have really blossomed! Every day she astounds us with something new, and the facilities are always absolutely immaculate. The teachers combine classes after 5 pm (they are open 6 am to 6 pm), and the rooms are always SANITIZED, vacuumed, mopped, baby dolls sanitized, blocks, etc. The teachers are hands on, have a maximum ratio of 7 children to 1 teacher (for the toddler rooms), and are friendly, knowledgeable and willing to answer questions. They do developmental assessments and give you tips and tricks you can use at home. The only downside I can see is that you still pay the entire week’s amount (varies by income level) even if they take a holiday. (Which is about every time the banks/post office closes). That adds up after a while.”

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6 thoughts on “MCAS Child Care Center

  1. child care centers -

    Pretty good submit. I became aware of your website in addition to needed to express that i have got genuinely liked looking at your website blog posts. Your different programs for child care like partday preschool, free childcare are very good.

  2. Jessica -

    I do drop-in care for my 2 year old on a very regular basis and I love the teachers in her room and that she gets the interaction of other kids. However, I’m very disappointed with the administration. Not once, not even twice, but three times in the past month they have tried to deny care to my child because of expired paperwork. I was not informed of said paperwork until I showed up to drop my child off. If given prior notice I would have gladly made sure it was completed. My chlid was also recently diagnosed with autism and I was told today (the day before her reservation) that she would not be allowed back. She has been going to the CDC for a year and NOW they can’t accomodate her needs. I am pulling her from the CDC and she will not be going back again. Obviously I need to find her more appropriate care.

  3. Roeshawn -

    The CDC is great. My son has gone through the infant room to the toddler room and I love it. Besides having so many great activities for the kids, they also provide a lot of opportunities for parents to get involved. We feel comfortable leaving him there.

  4. Cara -

    WE love the CDC. The staff there is awesome. My daughter is in the Aloha classroom. Since she has been enrolled her vocabulary and language usage has gone trough the roof. I am very pleased with the CDC!!!

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