Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I eligible?

Eligible CDC patrons include:

  • Active duty military personnel
  • DOD civilian personnel paid from both APF and NAF
  • Reservists on active duty or inactive duty personnel training
  • DOD contractors employed at the HQC or tenant activities on site (to include those employed at the Child Development Center)

How do I register my child?

To add your child to the wait list, please visit Military Child Care or call the McNamara Headquarters Complex Child Development Center at (703) 767-0400.

MilitaryChildCare.com is a Department of Defense website for DoD Military and Civilian families seeking child care. The single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military-operated and child care options across all Services. It enables families to search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, making it easier for families to find the child care they need.

What are the priorities that will be used for the waitlist?

The priorities for the waitlist are outlined in the DoDI 6060.02, Child Development Programs, dated August 5, 2014. These priorities have been in effect since the issuance of the updated DoDI (Aug 2014) and should have been in effect at all 5 DLA sites since that time.

The following information is extracted from Enclosure 3 of DoDI 6060.02:

1. PRIORITY SYSTEM. To the extent possible, CDPs shall be offered to the qualifying children of eligible patrons.

a. Priority 1.** The highest priority for full-time care shall be given to qualifying children from birth through age 12 years of age of combat related wounded warriors, child development program direct care staff, single or dual active duty Military Service members, single or dual DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat related incident, and those acting in loco parentis on behalf of the aforementioned eligible patrons. With the exception of combat related wounded warriors, ALL eligible parents or caregivers residing with the child are employed outside the home.

b. Priority 2. The second priority for full-time care shall be given equally to qualifying children from birth through 12 years of age of active duty Military Service members, DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat related incident, and those acting in loco parentis on behalf of the aforementioned eligible patrons, where a non-working spouse, or in the case of a DoD civilian employee with a same-sex domestic partner, is actively seeking employment. The status of actively seeking employment must be verified every 90 days.

c. Priority 3. The third priority for full-time care shall be given equally to qualifying children from birth through 12 years of age of active duty Military Service members, DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat related incident, and those acting in loco parentis on behalf of the aforementioned eligible patrons, where a non-working spouse, or in the case of a DoD civilian employee with a same-sex domestic partner, is enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. The status of post-secondary enrollment must be verified every 90 days.

d. Space Available. After meeting the needs of parents in priorities 1, 2, and 3, CDPs shall support the need for full-time care for other eligible patrons such as active duty Military Service members with non-working spouses, DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF with non-working spouses or same-sex domestic partners, eligible employees of DoD Contractors, Federal employees from non-DoD agencies, and military retirees on a space available basis. In this category, CDPs may also authorize otherwise ineligible patrons in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1783, 1791 through 1800, 2809, and 2812 to enroll in the CDP to make more efficient use of DoD facilities and resources.

e. Priority Determination. Individual priorities will be determined based on the date of application with the DoD Component. Components may only establish sub-priorities if unique mission related installation requirements are identified by higher headquarters.

**Priority 1 is given by order of precedence while priorities 2 and 3 are given equally.

The HQC Child Development Center is located on DLA property – why should this CDC be open to people who do not work for DLA/DTRA?

The Child Development Center, like all other DoD Child Development Centers, was constructed with DoD funding for the use of all eligible DoD affiliated patrons and not built for the exclusive use by DLA/DTRA affiliated patrons.

I’m expecting a baby in a few months and I’m told that the wait list is very long. What advice can you give me?

Families should go to MilitaryChildCare.com and create an account. Families will have the opportunity to select childcare options from all DoD childcare programs. 

We recognize that infant care is in high demand and waitlists can be long. We recommend putting your name on multiple lists so that you may increase your chances for a space.

Can I volunteer at the center?

The CDC has an “Open Door” policy, thus parents may come and visit at any time during operating hours. Research shows parents who are actively involved in the care and education of their child(ren) have a direct, positive impact on their child’s educational success. We’re committed to maintaining a strong partnership with our parents and your participation is always welcome! The CDC offers a variety of ways in which parents can become involved.  If you don’t find anything on the list that interests you, see a member of management or your child’s teacher for additional suggestions.

  • Read a book to your child’s class or record books on tape.
  • Volunteer in the classroom. Note: please speak with the CDC Director about ways you may be involved in the classroom occasionally or on a regular basis.  There are training requirements for this type of participation.
  • Help create a display or bulletin board.
  • Make home-made games for the children to use during rest time when they aren’t feeling sleepy.
  • Attend parent education activities.
  • Assist during special events such as the Pinwheel Parade, Fall Festival, Muffins with Mommy, or Donuts with Daddy.
  • Share your occupation, hobby, or special talent with a group of children.
  • Join your child for lunch or snack and learn about “Family Style” dining in the center setting.

What is the Parent Advisory Board?

The Parent Advisory Board (PAB) is a great way to get involved and be connected!

The PAB is a valuable source of consolidated feedback to the Child Development Center, and serves as an important channel of communication from the CDC to the parents.

The PAB holds events throughout the year such as the Spring Festival, Fall Festival, class portraits, teacher appreciation breakfasts, and the Scholastic Book Fair.

If you have a child at the CDC, or if you expect to have a child at the CDC, please consider serving on the Board, or otherwise volunteering.

For more information email:
CDCPAB@dla.mil


The CDC has an “Open Door” policy, thus parents may come and visit at any time during operating hours.  Research shows parents who are actively involved in the care and education of their child(ren) have a direct, positive impact on their child’s educational success.  We’re committed to maintaining a strong partnership with our parents and your participation is always welcome! The CDC offers a variety of ways in which parents can become involved.  If you don’t find anything on the list that interests you, see a member of management or your child’s teacher for additional suggestions.

  • Read a book to your child’s class or record books on tape.
  • Volunteer in the classroom.  Note: please speak with the CDC Director about ways you may be involved in the classroom occasionally or on a regular basis.  There are training requirements for this type of participation.
  • Help create a display or bulletin board.
  • Make home-made games for the children to use during rest time when they aren’t feeling sleepy.
  • Attend parent education activities.
  • Assist during special events such as the Fun Fest, Annual Picnic, or Gingerbread House Walk.
  • Accompany your child’s class on a nature walk or visit to the installation’s fire station.
  • Share your occupation, hobby, or special talent with a group of children.
  • Join your child for lunch or snack and learn about “Family Style” dining in the center setting.

How do I join the Parent Advisory Board?

To join, simply contact one of the current board members who will be happy to help you. Or simply come to the next meeting. Parent Advisory Board meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month from noon to 1 p.m. at the Headquarters Complex.

For more information, e-mail:
CDCPAB@dla.mil