The Vandenberg Air Force Base Child Development Center (CDC) offers care for children between the ages of 6 weeks - 5 years old (start of kindergarten). The CDC is Department of Defense certified and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. As a quality early childhood program, the curriculum offered has the goal of building a basic positive foundation for education in the areas of math, science, literacy, and the arts while encouraging age-appropriate social and emotional development.

Located at building 16177 (Located on Summersill Ave, across from the Chapel and tennis courts). Give us a call at 805-606-1555. Our hours are Monday-Friday 0630-1745, Closed weekends and federal holidays.

Useful Documents for parents

AF Mission Statement

To assist the Department of Defense (DoD) military and civilian personnel in balancing the competing demands of the accomplishment of the DoD mission and family life by managing and delivering a system of quality, available and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth birth through 18 years of age.


Fee Chart

Yearly Income
Weekly Full Day Fee
Hourly Rate by Fee Category
(Up to $31,794)
IX - Contractor
($135,221 +)
DoD Contractors and specified space available patrons enrolling as of 1 Jan 18
Standard Drop-in Hourly Care Fee: $4.00 per hour

Hourly Care

Hourly/Drop-in Care is available on a space available basis at $4.00 per hour. To see if there is a spot available, please call the morning that care is needed. (See rate above.) Hourly care patrons must fill out an AF Form 1181; current immunization records and information regarding special needs (to include allergies, asthma and medications) must be provided prior to program use.
(Link to AF1181)

Registration - visit is your first stop in registering your child for child care at the Child Development Center, Family Child Care, and School Age Care. (MCC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) website for military families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides comprehensive information on military-operated or military-subsidized child care programs worldwide and simplifies the child care search and request process. The site enables families to create a household profile, conduct child care searches, submit requests for care, and manage their requests at any time and from any location. Through MCC, eligible families can search and request care for full day and part day options in facility-based and home-based programs for children from birth through age 12. Families may remain on a preferred program's waitlist even after being offered care or enrolling in another program.

Give Parents a Break (GPAB)/Parents Night Out (PNO)

Sometimes, we need a break from the stresses of parenting. The Give Parents a Break program provides 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. Partnering with the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) who pays the cost of childcare, the Child Development Center (CDC) and School Age Care (SAC) programs open once a month in the evening (1800 - 2300) for families referred to the program by base agencies such as the Airman & Family Readiness Center, Chapel, Family Advocacy Office, Hospital, First Sergeants, Commanders, and the Child and Youth Programs Flight.

Patrons without referral certificates may register for our Parents Night Out (PNO) program held in conjunction with GPAB and pay a flat rate of $25.00 per child for the evening. All PNO payments must be made NLT than the Wednesday before the program date.

See the current calendar at the link for additional information, programs dates, and registration deadlines.

(link to current calendar)

Child and Adult Care Food Program

The Vandenberg AFB Child Development Center, School-Age Care and Family Child Care program announces sponsorship of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program The program is available without charge to all enrolled children at the following locations:

(link to CACFP media release)

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