Waiting List Information
Unfortunately, there are occasions when the demand for child care exceeds the capacity of our facilities. A waiting list is the best way for us to keep track of those families who request care in our program. The staff of the Child Development Program look forward to assisting you in your search for child care in the event immediate placement in the Child Development Program is not possible. Each Child Development Center maintains a current list of all licensed and affiliated Family Child Care providers. Program staff can assist you with reviewing the list, and the Family Child Care Coordinator can provide you with individual assistance. Please call the Coordinator at 556-4322.
In the Colorado Springs area, there are three other military installations with Child Development Programs.
United States Air Force Academy, 719-333-6779
Schriever AFB, 719-567-4742
Fort Carson Army Post, 719-526-1100.
If you are interested in off-base child care, you can contact Child Care Connections, which is the local resource and referral agency at 719-638-2070. Parents may also refer to the National association of child Care Resource and Referral Agencies at www.naccrra.org.
Priorities for Use & Eligibility
All applications for the waiting list will be placed in priority order on the applicable waiting list. When determining priority, full-time students are considered employed parents when proof of full-time enrollment of classes (minimum 12 semester hours during the school year and 6 semester hours during the summer session) is provided. The priority order is established by the 21 SW/CC. Priority, by date of application, is given in the following order for the Child Development Program:
- Current employees of the Child Development Program or Youth Program
- Single military or DoD civilian (including NAF employees) and dual military or DoD civilian parents assigned to or living on Peterson AFB or Cheyenne Mountain
- Active duty military assigned to or living on Peterson AFB or Cheyenne Mountain with civilian employed spouse and DoD civilian with civilian employed spouse
- Single military or DoD civilian and dual military or DoD civilian assigned to an installation other than Peterson AFB or Cheyenne Mountain
- Active duty military or DoD civilian with civilian employed spouse assigned to an installation other than Peterson AFB or Cheyenne Mountain
- Military or DoD civilian with non-working spouse
- All other eligible applicants. DoD contractors applying for care must provide proof of eligibility for care such as proof of employment on Peterson AFB or Cheyenne Mountain. Proof of eligibility is required annually.
How to Apply
Parents interested in placement on the waiting list for the Child Development Program must complete an application (DD Form 2606). These forms are available on e-publishing sites. Applications may be returned to the Main Child Development Center, Bldg. 1350, or to the Annex Child Development Center, Bldg 1525. A $15.00 application fee will be collected at the time of submission. This fee is non-refundable but will be applied towards the first week’s tuition when the child has been placed in the program. The only exceptions to this are if the family accepts a space in a Peterson AFB licensed or affiliated Family Child Care home and requests to have their application removed from the list, or the family notifies the CDC within two weeks of finding alternate care that they want their application removed from the waiting list.
Expectant mothers may register for the waiting list any time after they find out they are pregnant. Due to the fact that a space might become available before the baby is born or before the baby is eligible to use the Child Development Center (age 6 weeks), the slot will be passed to the next eligible patron on the waiting list. We can only offer a slot if the baby is eligible to sue the center. We cannot allow anyone to pay for a slot they are not eligible to use.
It is imperative for all families to keep in close contact with the Child Development Center staff during this process. Please notify staff of any changes to phone numbers as we cannot meet your needs if you do not keep us informed.
A member of the program staff will contact you by phone or e-mail every two months to verify your desire to remain on the waiting list. Parents are encouraged to return the messages to inform program staff of their intent in regards to the waiting list. If a parent does not return either the phone or e-mail messages after being contacted on two separate occasions (a time period of 4 months), we will assume you are not interested in care and remove your application from the waiting list. Parents are welcome to call the program at any time to determine positioning on the waiting list. Additionally, parents are encouraged to call the program if they have not been contacted within 2 months. Please note that program staff will not contact expectant parents until their child is eligible for care at age 6 weeks. Therefore, it is extremely important for parents to contact program staff when their child is born.