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
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:
http://www.dss.state.la.us/ 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.