Childcare Eligibility

CDC Kids

Bettye Ackerman-Cobb Child Development Center

DSCR | Building 100

Monday - Friday | 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Closed Weekends and All Federal Holidays

(804) 279-3018


The Department of Defense (DoD) provides military and DoD-affiliated families with access to quality, affordable child care programs, because it directly affects the efficiency, mission readiness, morale, and retention of DoD personnel worldwide.

A child must be a dependent of an eligible sponsor in order to participate in any military child care program. Eligible sponsors include:

  • Active Duty Military Members
  • Reserve on Active Duty or Inactive Duty Training Status
  • DoD Civilians
  • DoD Contractors, Other Federal Employees, or Military Retirees (Space Available)


Per DoDI 6060.02, military child care programs must serve the highest priority DoD families first. The basic priority framework is:

  • 1A – Child Development Program Staff
  • 1B – Single/Dual Military Members and Military Members with a Full-Time Working Spouse
  • 1C – Military Members with a Part-Time Working Spouse or those with a Spouse Seeking Employment
  • 1D – Military Members with a Spouse Enrolled Full-Time in a Post-Secondary Institution
  • 2 – Single/Dual DoD Civilians or with a Full-Time Working Spouse
  • 3 – Space Available

For a complete list of all priorities, see the Military Family Types and DoD Priority sheet.

If you have any questions, please contact the CDC at (804) 279-3018.

If you are a Bettye-Ackerman-Cobb CDC family, please join our private Facebook group.