Child Development Center

CDC East: 424 Kenney Ave., Barksdale AFB, LA 71110
(318) 456-4139 | DSN 781-4139   Fax (318) 456-4995 DSN 781-4995

CDC West: 411 Fairchild Ave., Barksdale AFB, LA 71110
(318) 456-2735 | DSN 781-2735   Fax (318) 456-3023


Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday:  6:15am - 6:00pm

Quality Care
The Child Development Center is one of only two National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited program in Northern Louisiana. The other is a private school. The CDC utilizes current early childhood research and follows the Creative Curriculum which is proven to meet each child's developmental needs and prepare them for kindergarten. Staff to child ratios (the number of children for whom one caregiver can provide care) differ from local centers and all of our employees have passed extensive background checks.

Exacting training and testing standards mean our CDC staff is professionally responsible and held to a higher level of accountability than other programs.  Frequent inspections (DoD Unannounced, monthly and annual comprehensive health, safety and fire inspections, Multidisciplinary inspections, NAEYC accreditation) assure Barksdale's CDC standards meet rigid AF criteria.  Recent national studies indicate DoD CDC and PDE programs serve as benchmarks for the nation. Local centers and programs are still playing catch-up to DoD.  Air Force Child Development programs are considered the DoD leaders and Barksdale's CDC routinely scores among the highest in the Air Force.  Parental satisfaction is clearly evident from ICE responses, customer comments to local surveys and discussions between parents and program management. Most of our teachers have been with the program for ten or more years while some off base centers, with lower pay scales, may have very high staff turnover. The Air Force believes it is important for children to be taught by the same person from day-to-day so that person gets to know the children and establishes an emotional bond with them.  Snacks served in Barksdale's CDC program are USDA certified and must meet dietary standards approved by ACC.  Other programs may not offer snacks or meals unless supplied by parents.

 After School Care
The Child Development Center offers after school care from 2:30-6pm for children attending preschool in the local public schools.  Transportation from the schools is available for children attending Waller, Kerr, Sun City and Bellaire elementary schools.  All fees are based on total family income and prorated for the shortened day. Before school care is NOT available. Call 318.456-2735 for additional Information.

Child Care Assistance is Now Available

The Barksdale AFB Child Development Center is now approved to receive Child Care Assistance payments from the state of Louisiana.  The Child Care Assistance program helps low-income families to pay for childcare while working, looking for work, attending school or training.  Monthly payments are based on the number of hours the parents work, look for work, or attend school or training.  Other considerations include the amount charged by the child care provider, family size and household income.  If you meet these requirements and your total family gross monthly income is below the amounts listed on the DSS website, you may qualify for Child Care Assistance from the State of Louisiana.

Applications and instructions are available at: Office of Family Support - Child Care Assistance Program.

Once you have submitted the necessary information (listed at the website above) and completed application, the state has 30 days to process your request.  Once a determination is made, a written notice will be sent telling you of the decision reached.  If eligible, you will receive a notice of eligibility and a certificate for each child who needs care.  You must take the certificate to the Child Development Center to complete. It is the parent's responsibility to return the certificate completed by the CDC and any additional information requested by the due date given. Return of the certificate does not ensure that payments will be made.  If eligible, all payments are made directly to the Child Development Center each month. Parents are responsible for any difference in DoD childcare fees in their category and approved Child Care Assistance payments.

Stop by the Center or call 456-4139 for additional information. If your child is not currently enrolled at the CDC, ensure you get on the waiting list. 

Below are the fee ranges set by the Department of Defense. Call 318.456.4139 for more information.

Our CDC and PDE programs are accredited by the National Association for Early Childhood Programs (NAECP) and are based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards of developmentally appropriate practice. National research shows that children learn and develop best through a concrete, play-oriented approach to education which gives them the opportunity to explore, ask their own questions, and become critical thinkers able to analyze and solve problems creatively. Our goal is to produce enthusiastic learners who have been given the opportunity to grow and mature according to their individual interests and level of development. Our curriculum is tried and true in preparing children to seamlessly enter the Bossier Parish kindergarten program.

 Please call 456-2735 for more information and details on how to register for this program.

Current Fee Chart 

Child Care Fee Q&A (PDF)


Waiting List/Vacancy Information

The Barksdale Child Development Center currently has a waiting list for all age groups.  Anyone interested in getting on the waiting list is required to submit a DD form 2606. This form is available at:


Parents need to complete this form and either email it or fax it (DSN 781.4995 Comm 318.456.4995) along with a copy of their orders to the CDC to be placed on the waiting list. 

For additional information on our Child Development Programs policies, please check our parent handbook.

Become a Family Child Care Provider
Start your own business by becoming a Family Child Care provider.  You can earn extra income while you stay at home with your children.  Training, equipment and supplies are absolutely free! Spouses (living off-base) and DoD spouses are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity.  Licensing is mandatory for base residents caring for children for more than 10 hours per week. Call 318.456.3354 for more information.

Free Child Care
Persons needing additional child care during late duty hours and recalls should call the Extended Duty Care (EDC) program. This care is FREE.  Transportation to or from the CDC or School Age Program is the responsibility of the parent unless previous arrangements have been made with the FCC Provider.

The Extended Child Care (ECC) Returning Home Care Program can also provide 16 hours free child care per child to persons returning from 30+ day deployment in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The program must be used within 30 days of return from deployment.

As a joint project between Family Child Care and the Air Force Aid Society, persons with a permanent change of station (PCS) to or from Barksdale are eligible for 20 hours free child care per child.

Volunteers at base agencies may also receive free child care. This is a joint venture between Family Child Care and the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Call 456-9688 for details about any of these programs.

Useful Link(s):

  • National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies - National network of more than 850 child care resource and referral centers (CCR&Rs) located in every state and most communities across the US. CCR&R centers help families, child care providers, and communities find, provide, and plan for affordable, quality child care. 
  •  Zero To Three- National non-profit organization striving to promote the healthy development of our nation's infants and toddlers by supporting and strengthening families, communities, and those who work on their behalf. This site contains professional education, knowledge & leadership development, public awareness, policy analysis and much more.

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