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Child Development Center Programs

The Child Development Center (CDC) supports the total development of each individual child whether the child is here for a few hours or enrolled in a full day program, CDC staff plan and implements a variety of activities which engage a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn. The CDC is open to eligible military and DoD sponsors as well as DoD contractors. Costs are based on total family income for the Full Day, Part Day and Kindergarten programs. Registration with Fort Leavenworth Child and Youth Services is required to use any of our programs.


Child Development Center - 120 Dickman Ave., Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 - (913) 684-9351                           
Osage Center - 130 Dickman Ave., Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 - (913) 684-3821
Santa Fe Center - 190 Hancock Ave., Fort Leavenworth, KS-66027 - (913) 684-2377

Waiting List:
Waiting lists average 6 to 8 months for full and part day programs. It is recommended that patrons apply for the waiting list as soon as possible. Families moving to Fort Leavenworth can be placed on a waiting list before arrival or even receive orders. Applying for the waiting list as soon as possible increases your chance of placement. Click here for more information or call the Parent Central Office at (913) 684-5138.


The CDC operates a full day program for children 6 weeks through age 5. Hours of operation are from 5:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Multi-age classrooms provide children opportunities to develop relationships with the teachers and their peers and create a foundation for life-long learning.

These programs are designed to meet development needs of children ages 3-5 years and help them build a strong foundation for future learning. Currently, we offer three options at the Main CDC. Our two-day class meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:15-11:15 a.m. and our three-day class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15-11:15 a.m. We also offer a five-day afternoon class, which meets from 12:30-3:30 p.m. These sessions are offered September through early August. Osage Center offers a five-day, part-time Strong Beginnings program for children who will be attending kindergarten the following fall. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

This program offers short term child care for children 6 weeks through age 5. The Hourly Care program is open Mon-Fri, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made 4 weeks (28 days) in advance in person at the Main CDC, by calling (913) 684-9351 or online. Same day appointments are available on a first come, first served basis. The rate is $4.00 per hour. Reservations are made on half hour increments at the Main Child Development Center only.

If you are coming to Fort Leavenworth for PCC, please call (913) 684-9351 for advance child care reservations. Child care placement is space available. Eight week notification is preferred. Registration with Fort Leavenworth Child and Youth Services is required.

Fort Leavenworth uses The Creative Curriculum throughout the Child Development Centers' programs. The main components to this program include developmentally appropriate learning centers, group time, projects and ongoing assessment. The classroom teachers are involved with children in the Creative Curriculum, and observe the children for signs of developmental milestones which are recorded on the Creative Curriculum developmental continuum. The Creative Curriculum developmental continuum allows the teachers to get to know each child, to use what they learn to plan for each child and the group, to track children’s progress, and to improve the program and share information with families. The Child Progress and Planning Report is completed and shared with parents during conferences. This report shares information with families about their child’s progress and involves families in planning for their child.

Within each classroom, learning centers are set up with activities to promote a child’s discovery and learning; and offer a print rich environment to encourage pre-reading skills. The teachers interact with children during center time to promote learning and also work individually with children throughout the day. Group time allows the primary group to meet, participate in a variety of learning activities, and participate in discussions that are relevant to the child’s experiences. The curriculum includes a variety of language based activities such as reading stories, talking as well as writing stories, and using art to express their ideas about a topic. Early math skills are reinforced by offering many opportunities in the classroom to use math concepts. The same curriculum is used in both full-day and part-day preschool classrooms. If you have any questions please call (913) 684-9351 or come by a center for a tour.

Meals and snacks are provided for all children while in care. The CDCs provide breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack in the Full Day Program. Breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack in Hourly, and a snack during Part Day Preschool. All meals and snacks served meet the requirements of the USDA/Child and Adult Food Program (CACFP). If your child has food allergies or foods they cannot eat because of religious reasons, a Special Diet Statement must be on file. Please discuss substitutions with the program director. The CDCs will make every effort to provide a viable alternative. In some cases, parents may be asked to provide child's own food. Special Diet Statements must indicate on them if a parent will be providing the food. CYS Services programs cannot accommodate special diets or food substitutes based on parent preference. All special diets must have a documented health or religious reason.

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