Child Development Center (Monterey)

NSA Monterey Child Development Center is proudly accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified by the Department of Defense Programs. We utilize the "Creative Curriculum" which sets children up for a positive lifetime of learning. CDC offers full day child care, hourly care, and part day preschool.


Navy CYP Philosophy is to provide high quality educational and recreational programs for children and youth. Teams of caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of children. Our staff fosters a sense of independence, trust and responsibility within each child through understanding and respectful interactions. Likewise, through positive relationships, our programs respect and support the ideals, cultures and values of families in their task or nurturing children and youth. We are advocates for children, families and the child and youth professionals within our programs and surrounding communities.

As an accredited center, we also offer an outstanding early childhood program encompassing a safe environment while promoting the physical social, emotional and intellectual development of young children to include:

  • Positive, frequent and warm interactions between staff and children
  • Planned learning activities appropriate to the child's age and development.
  • Specially trained teachers, administrators and support staff.
  • Enough adults to respond to individual children.
  • Respect for cultural diversity.
  • Inclusive environments.
  • Nutritious meals and snacks served in a family style setting.
  • Regular, two-way communication with families who are welcome at all times.

Our Teachers:

  • Set up environments that fully engage children to explore.
  • Uses "teachable moment" opportunities to teach your child when she/he is most interested, ready and eager to learn.
  • Lead your child from where he/she is to next steps in the learning process by individualizing the curriculum.
  • Interact with your child throughout the day to check on and document learning progress.

Teachers also maintain a chart to measure your child's next step progress by:

  • Observing children several times a week and document the observations in the program.
  • Interpret observations and apply to progress chart.
  • Use the observations as the basis for individual and group planning.
  • Plan together with parents at least three times per year during conference opportunities, sharing information and setting goals together.


Registration for full day or part day care is available on line at Look for the "Child and Youth Programs button and select "I need care". Using the drop down menu, fill in the pertinent information. You will be contacted by a Child and Youth Programs representative to confirm receipt and to offer space when it is available.

Hourly Care

Hourly Care can be reserved in a space available basis thirty days in advance. For registration appointments, call 831-656-7407.


Fees are based on the total family income. For full day programs payments are due on the first and fifteenth day of the month. Part day preschool fees are paid on the first business day of the month. Hourly care is paid the time services are provided.

Parent Involvement Board

Parent Involvement Board meets on the second Friday every other month beginning October of each year. The meeting is held at the Tech Connection from 12:00-1:00 pm. Child Care is available upon request.

Child Development Center Programs

Infant Program (6 weeks to 1 year old)

The infant program has a ratio of 1 caregiver to 4 infants with a room capacity of 8 children. The room is divided up into two sections- a crawling section and a non-crawling section. We provide many experiences designed to help promote, strengthen and enhance your child’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development. A great deal of time is spent on the floor playing, and exploring our world – taking in sights and sounds and textures, sorting them out and making new discoveries about how things work. In our program you will see staff guiding and encouraging the learning process by ensuring that the environment is safe, warm and responsive.

Pre-Toddler Program (ages 1-2 years old)

Our pre-toddler program has a ratio of 1 caregiver to 5 children with a room capacity of 10 children. We provide opportunities for children to explore and socialize with others. We allow the children to learn at their own pace and begin to gain a sense of independence. Through play, we practice new skills and offer many interesting objects to examine, explore and direct their developing curiosity. Language rich experiences are provided throughout the day.

Toddler Program (ages 2-3 years old)

Our toddler program has a ratio of 1 caregiver to 7 children with a room capacity of 14 children. We believe in providing a developmentally appropriate learning experience through active exploration and movement both indoors and out. The children are offered varied experiences to enhance their rapidly developing language skills through books, music, finger plays, nursery rhymes and story time. Fine motor activities are provided through sorting activities, play dough, block building, painting, creative art experiences and manipulatives. We prepare the environment to allow predictability and repetition to enhance learning. Through play, daily routine and planned learning experiences, we assist children in developing their skills and independence.

Full Day Preschool Program (ages 3-5 years old)

In our full – day preschool classrooms our room capacity is 24 children with a ratio of 1 caregiver to 12 children. The 3 to 6 year olds are mixed to enhance the children’s development. We believe mixed age grouping lend itself to more cooperative play. Children are more accepting of the uniqueness of themselves and others. Socially, older children in mixed age groups have opportunities to exhibit and practice leadership skills and enhance their sense of responsibility. Older children may see themselves as role models and the younger children benefit by participating in the more complex forms of play developed by older children and by imitating the behaviors of older children.

Life Skills Readiness Program

Part- Day Preschool Enrichment Program Sessions: Morning 8:30 – 12:30
2 day (Tue/Thur)
3-day (Mon/Wed/Fri) per week sessions
Our curriculum follows a developmentally appropriate framework and provides opportunities for socialization and exploration of the environment, focusing on language rich experiences, independence, acquiring new skills and experiences that facilitate the learning process. Interaction and activities are designed to develop children’s self-esteem and positive feelings towards learning. Learning about math, science, social studies, language, health and other content areas are all integrated through daily activities. Creative expression is always encouraged and a variety of experiences are offered. The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.

Before School Care is available for children ages 5-12 years attending La Mesa Elementary School. After School Care is provided by the Tech Connection from Kindergarten through sixth grade that are attending La Mesa Elementary School.

Child Development Home Programs

Child Development Homes are an alternative to center-based care for children 6 weeks through 12 years. A few benefits of Child Development Homes are the small group sizes, the home-like atmosphere and the flexible hours of operation. Child Development Homes assist parents by providing a warm, family setting in which children can participate in developmentally appropriate learning activities as well as home-life experiences.

For more information or to become a certified Child Development Home provider in your home call today. We have many growing opportunities as a Child Development Home Provider! If you love kids, want to make some extra money and want to work from home we’ll provide you with all the free training you’ll need to start your own Child Development Home Business.


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