There are two child development centers (CDC) located at Cannon AFB--Cannon CDC and Chavez CDC. The Cannon CDC is located on base at 335 W DL Ingram Avenue. This center has a capacity of 158 children. The Chavez CDC is situated in the Chavez housing area at 101 James Boatwright Avenue. The Chavez CDC has a capacity of 168 children. Both centers provide care for children 6 weeks until the start of Kindergarten.
Both centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The staff supports the development of the whole child and provides active, hand-on learning experiences to meet the individual needs of each child in the program. To encourage children’s growth and ensure activities are developmentally appropriate, staff observes all children on a regular basis and uses this assessment in planning related activities. Parents and staff work together to set goal for each child based on the strengths, progress and needs.
Each CDC uses “The Creative Curriculum.” The curriculum provides progressive developmental activities in the following areas: social, emotional, physical, cognitive and communication. The centers have also worked with local early intervention specialists who can provide one on one support for children who may have a learning delays or conditions affecting growth and learning.
Both CDC's are enrolled in the USDA food program and offer nutritious and appealing meals for breakfast, lunch and snacks. The cost for child care includes all meals, including baby food and some infant formulas.
Families may submit a request for care by going to MilitaryChildCare.com. Create an account on the website, then search and request care for your child. Families can select one or more options when requesting care. The program will contact you when space becomes available. The website allows you to manage your request for care from anywhere in the world! If you encounter problems with the website, be sure to call the support line which is available 24/7.
Give Parents A Break & Parents Night Out
The Give Parents A Break program, sponsored by the AF Aid Society is held at the on base center. This program offers free care to spouses of deployed members and families experiencing stress or hardship due to the overwhelming responsibility of parenting. Quarterly Parents Night Out sessions are also offered. These sessions are available by reservation to all families for $18 per session.