News: Taking care of the families that protect us: MCLB Barstow CDC
Story by Pfc. Garrett White
MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - For military families, having a way to care for their children while they are at work is a priority.
Whether a single parent, or a married couple, some families require assistance finding someone that is reliable, dependable, and understands the military way of life. Sometimes finding the help they can trust is no easy task.
However, the Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow, Calif., Child Development Center offers this much needed service for parents working at MCLB Barstow, and for National Training Center Fort Irwin.
“We provide full-time (from 5:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.) care for infants (6 weeks) through pre-school (5 years),” said Stacey Korves, resources and references specialist at the CDC. “We also have what we call 30-hour contracts, where they (guardians) can pick and choose up to 30 hours a week (of care).”
The 30-hour contracts are only offered for children ages 2 through 4, but full time services are offered to children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age, she explained.
“They can use it anytime and anyway they need to accommodate their schedule during the week,” added Kristi Baker, assistant director of the CDC.
The price for the CDC’s services vary based on the family’s income, said Baker.
The CDC also offers a pre-school program which is geared to prepare children for elementary school, explained Baker. The staff uses a curriculum in which children learn through active play.
According to Baker, daily activities include art, nap time, outside time, and water play during the summer. The CDC is also U.S. Department of Agriculture approved to provide breakfast, lunch, and a snack every day at no extra cost to the parents.
The CDC is also NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited, explained Baker.
To keep parents involved the CDC has a parent advisory committee that meets quarterly to keep parents involved and to receive their input and concerns on issues, or changes at the CDC, said Korves.
The PAC brings their ideas to the director or Korves to try and implement the changes, or to voice any ideas they might have to improve the curriculum.
Additionally the CDC teachers and staff along with parent volunteers put on a carnival, said Anna Anaya, program technician at the CDC.
The CDC wanted to give the children time to spend with their parents, and the parents time to get to know the teachers, said Anaya.
“We (the CDC staff) enjoyed the time we spent with the parents,” said Anaya. “The children had fun.”
Any active-duty service member, or civilian contractor working on MCLB Barstow or National Training Center Fort Irwin can take advantage of the CDC’s services said Korves.
So for families struggling with balancing work while caring for their children, the CDC offers their services to help ease the burden.