Child Development Center
The mission of Air Force Child and Youth Programs (CYP) is to assist DoD military and civilian personnel in balancing the competing demands of the accomplishment of the DoD mission and family life through delivery of a system of quality, available and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth birth through 18 years of age.
Programs & Services
Full-Time Child Care
Parents are required to complete an enrollment package, and present proof of the child’s immunizations. For more information, call 228-377-2211.
Drop-in Child Care
Slots are for all ages. Please call to check for age group availability. Reservations can be made up to 7 days. Parents are required to complete an enrollment package and present proof of the child’s immunizations. For more information, call 228-377-2211.
Give Parents a Break
Give Parents a Break is an Air Force Aid program that offers free childcare for ages 6 weeks to 12 years at the Youth and Child Development Centers for Air Force families referred by base helping agencies such as the Military & Family Readiness Center and Family Advocacy, as well as Chaplains, Commanders, and First Sergeants. Also eligible are family members of deployed AF military members. Space is limited. For more information, call 228-377-2211.
Parents' Day/Night Out
A day or evening of child care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years. No refunds for no-shows. To sign up, call 228-377-2211.
Parent Advisory Board
All parents whose children are enrolled in CYP are a part of the PAB. The committee acts in an advisory capacity, providing recommendations for improving services. The committee is also responsible for developing the parent involvement plan for Child Development Center, School Age Care, and Family Child Care.
Meetings are held quarterly. For those interested in attending, please call us!
CDC Recruitment Incentives
We are currently offering special recruitment incentives for those interested in working in Child and Youth Programs. Our employees are the backbone of fun activities, special events, and support services offered on Keesler. Visit www.usajobs.gov to see all opportunities and submit your application.
A 6-month service agreement must be signed to qualify for the recruitment incentive.
Join Our Team
Interested in educating and providing care to our young Keesler warriors at the Child Development Center? Apply today to join the 81st Force Support Squadron.
Plus, we are currently offering special recruitment incentives for those interested in working Child and Youth Programs. Our employees are the backbone of fun activities, special events, and support services offered on Keesler. A 6-month service agreement must be signed to qualify for the recruitment incentive.
Eligible patrons include:
- Combat-related wounded warriors.
- Active duty military personnel.
- DoD APF/NAF civilian employees.
- Reserve component military personnel on active duty or inactive duty training status.
- Surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat-related incident.
- Those acting in loco parentis for the dependent child of an otherwise eligible patron.
- Eligible employees of DoD contractors.
- Others authorized on a space available basis (retirees, AD personnel not assigned to the specific installation, and military with an unemployed spouse).