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CDC Vacancies!


The MacDill Child Development Center (CDC) currently has immediate vacancies for children 2 years thru 5 years for Full Time care. Parents must express their interest by going to, and creating, an account at

We do have 3 CDC centers, and parents are asked to sign their child up 3 times (one for each center). When you are offered a child care spot at one of the centers, your enrollment will consist of completing a Parent Orientation, enrollment paperwork, and providing a copy of your child’s up-to-date immunization record.

Please make the CDC Staff aware of any special needs your child may have, prior to enrollment. Weekly fees are based on the total family income (TFI) and a 10% discount for multiple children.

For any questions, please contact 828-0196.

About Us:

Welcome to the sunshine state and home of three MacDill AFB Child Development Centers: your child's "home away from home."  We offer hourly and weekly care for children as young as 6 wks of age through 5 yrs of age. Full day-care is provided for 128 children at Bldg 381 (CDC 1), 218 children at Bldg 395 (CDC 2) and 216 children at Bldg 384 (CDC 3). Upon enrollment into our facility there is required paperwork to complete, including emergency contact information and a current immunization record. Our programs follow "Creative Curriculum," which is based on the age and stage of development for each child's interests and needs.


Our program is Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, so you know you are getting the best care possible for your child. Our environments promote growth and development in social, emotional, cognitive, language and fine and gross motor skills. We practice family-style dining by providing USDA-approved menus to provide a nutritious meal option for children in our care. All centers are DoD-certified to ensure you are being offered quality, early childhood programming for your children, specializing in learning through play. Additionally, we participate in the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program for eligible children, 4 & 5 years of age. Our programs have multiple inspection agencies that uphold us to the highest level of care and ensure it is maintained. All centers are NAEYC-accredited, offering quality, early childhood programming for your children. We use the "Creative Curriculum," which uses the method of children learning through developmentally appropriate activities that are based on their interests and needs. Enrollment is available on a priority basis. You can go to the website to enroll and begin the process of going on our waiting list.

Child Development Program/SAC Fees

School Year 2019-20


Looking for Child Care? Go to:


This DoD program makes it easier to find the child and youth care your family needs.

Military and DoD civilian families can search for child and youth care options through a single website. Using, you can find comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide, conduct a customized search for the care you need, and submit a request for care at ANY time and from ANY location.

PARENTS: You will be able to sign up in advance for fall, winter & spring breaks, plus all 10 weeks of summer camp through this service

Click here to learn how to set up an account


For more details, email Paula Cox,
Resource & Referral, at

Give Parents a Break Program:


Is your spouse deployed?? Is your family experiencing unique stressors?? Let us help! Give Parents A Break (GPAB) is funded by the Air Force Aid Society and sponsored by the 6 Force Support Squadron to support Active Duty Air Force members, assigned to MacDill Air Force Base and tenant organizations by providing 4 hours of free childcare
at CDC #3 each month.

Families must meet specific qualifying needs and obtain a Certificate of Eligibility/Referral from the Military & Family Readiness Center. All CDC enrollment requirements must be met prior to reservations for care being accepted and reservations must be made at least one week prior to the date of the GPAB session.


For additional information on this program,
please call CDC #3 at 828-0195.

To obtain a GPAB Certificate of Eligibility/Referral,
please call the Military & Family Readiness Center at
828-0145, ext 5.

Not Active Duty Air Force?? No worries! As long as you are Active Duty and meet all eligibility requirements, we may still be able to support your family as well!

Facility Information

8718 Hangar Loop Drive, Bldg 384
MacDill AFB, FL  33621

813-828-0195 / DSN 968-0195
Facility Director:
Debra Dietz

Hours of Operation:
  • Mon-Fri
    6:30 am-5:45 pm

  • Resource & Referral Specialist:
    Paula Cox

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