The Department of Defense (DoD) recognizes the importance of providing Military and DoD-affiliated Families with access to quality, affordable child care programs. Access to child care directly affects the efficiency, mission readiness, morale, and retention of DoD personnel worldwide. Camp Pendleton offers Child & Youth Programs (CYP), School Age Childcare (SAC) and Family Child Care (FCC), which offers an alternative to center-based childcare.

Child & Youth Programs (CYP)

Family Child & Youth Programs (CYP) offers high quality childcare for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years. The childcare costs for the Child Development Centers (CDC) and School Age Care (SAC) locations are subsidized through the Department of Defense. The cost of care is based on total household income. The fee for hourly childcare is $5 per hour, per child, with a 2 hour minimum.

Children must be registered with Resource and Referral through

Child Development Center (CDC) Full Time Care

Available Mon-Fri, 6am-6pm for use of up to 50 hours per week. Serves children ages 6 weeks through 5 years. Closed holidays.

Hourly Care

Offered at CDC and SAC locations upon availability. Children must have completed all required paperwork and submit all supporting documents.

Family Child Care (FCC)

On-base in home care provided by certified military spouses. Hours vary by provider. Patrons may enroll for full time care or utilize hourly care upon availability. Childcare subsidy is available for children ages 6 weeks-24 months. Emergency 24/7 care available upon request

School Age Care (SAC)

Before and after school care for children ages 5 through 12 years enrolled at Mary Fay Elementary, North Terrace Elementary, San Onofre Elementary, Santa Margarita Elementary or Stuart Mesa Elementary Schools. Full day care available during school breaks and in-service days. Closed holidays.

Emergency Care

Short-term care provided for military families in crisis. 24/7 care is presented when available to meet immediate childcare needs. Criteria for eligibility varies to include medical emergencies and incapacitation of a family member. Contact Childcare Resource & Referral at (760) 725-9723.

Extended Care

Available Mon-Fri, from 5-6am and 6-7pm at all CDC and SAC locations. Required command endorsement and reservation 2 weeks prior.

Financial Hardship and Unusual Circumstances

Families can request exceptions to policy based on their extenuating circumstances. To begin this process, the family must submit a written waiver request, a command endorsement letter from the sponsor’s Commanding Officer, along with supporting documentation detailing their circumstance to the Center Director or the CYP Resource & Referral office. All requests will be reviewed and elevated through the Chain of Command for approval.

Please contact the CYP Resource & Referral office, Bldg. 13150, Room 112; (760) 725-9723.


Additional Info

Do you have orders to PCS?
Would you like to continue your career with Child and Youth Programs at your new duty station?

For more information contact Camp Pendleton Human Resource Office for details.
(760) 725-​5893

Family Care Headquarters

Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm

Resource & Referral
BLDG 13150, #112

Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm

For efficient service, please print and complete all applicable forms below prior to your appointment with Resource & Referral.

CYP Enrollment/Hourly Care Required Forms

Children with special needs or a medical condition, please complete the required forms*

*Any child with a special need or medical condition may not enroll until the IAT meeting has been completed.

Family Child Care (FCC)
BLDG 13150 #111
Marine & Family Programs HQ
(760) 725-7631

Mon-Fri 7am-5pm

Family Child Care (FCC) offers an alternative to center-based childcare. FCC providers are trained, certified and monitored to provide quality, in-home childcare aboard Camp Pendleton. Childcare hours, services and availability to provide care may vary from provider to provider. Please visit to view available providers in your area, or call the Family Childcare office at (760) 725-7631.

Benefits of Family Childcare
Offers small groups and continuity of care Specialized care is available for children with special needs or families needing care outside of typical working hours Care options can include Full-Day, Part-Day, hourly, before & after school and extended day care Care is provided for multi-aged children in the same location Homes are equipped with developmentally appropriate materials to meet every child’s needs Infant only homes are available

Becoming a Family Child Care Provider
FCC professionals are in great demand and can earn an income working from home, while providing a service to our military community. As a provider, you will be trained and certified by FCC staff. You will be qualified to offer childcare in your home aboard installation. Childcare hours, services and availability can be tailored to meet your needs. All providers are required to complete the CNACI background screening and background screening for anyone living in the household, 18 years old or older, as well as attend a 40-hour training course.

Basic Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years old or older
  • Must have high school diploma
  • Must live on installation
  • Must complete health screening

Benefits of becoming a Family Child Care Provider:

  • Increase your knowledge and skills in the field of Child Development
  • Earn an income for your family while staying home with your own children
  • Equipment and toy lending library available
  • Extensive initial and on-going training
  • Technical assistance available at all times
  • USDA Child and Adult Food Program

Who is eligible for child care aboard Camp Pendleton?

Eligible patrons include: Active duty military personnel, DoD civilian employees paid from either appropriated funds (APF) or non-appropriated funds (NAF), Reserve Component military personnel on active duty or inactive duty training status, Combat related wounded warriors, Surviving spouses of Military members who died from a combat-related incident. DoDi 6060.02, those acting in loco parentis for the dependent child of an otherwise eligible patron, eligible employees of DoD contractors, others authorized on a space available basis. Priority of eligible patrons is listed in the Family Types and Priorities.

Is there a waitlist for childcare?

CDC and SAC programs are currently waitlisted however Family Child Care Providers may have immediate openings for some age groups.

How will I know when a space is available?

When a space is available for your child, Childcare Resource & Referral will make 3 attempts to contact you to offer the space for childcare.

What vaccinations are my child(ren) required to have?

No child will be admitted to any CDC or SAC program without current immunization against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis), and poliomyelitis. Children enrolled in a local public school system and volunteer sports coaches are excluded from this requirement. A waiver for an immunization exemption may be granted for medical or religious reasons. Philosophical exemptions are not permitted. Documentation from a physician with signature and stamp will be required to waive this requirement. Per the health promotion protocol: All participants enrolled in CYP have documentation on file of current age-appropriate immunizations per recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Any requests for variations to this policy will be reviewed on a case by case basis. All children six months and older who attend a CYP program are required to receive the annual influenza vaccine unless documented exemption is in participants file, this would be for medical reasons only. See reference MARADMIN 192/14.

What is the cost of childcare?

Childcare aboard Camp Pendleton is income based. Fees for CDC and SAC programs are based on total family income (TFI) which will determine income category and fees.

How is family income determined, and what forms are required for verification?

The Application for Department of Defense Child Care Fees DO Form 2652 or electronic equivalent will be used to verify total family income (TFI) as defined in DoD I 6060.02. This form will be changed to reflect this guidance on calculating TFI for dual military members who receive BAH and to update the definition of TFI.
For the purposes of determining child care fees in the Department of Defense child development program, TFI is defined as all earned income including wages, salaries, tips, special duty pay (flight pay, demolition duty pay, sea pay), and active duty save pay, long-term disability benefits, voluntary salary deferrals, retirement or other pension income including SSI paid to the spouse/partner and VA benefits paid to the surviving spouse before deductions for taxes. TFI calculations must also include quarters subsistence and other allowances appropriate for the rank and status of military or civilian personnel whether received in cash or in kind.

Programs should not include alimony, and child support received by the custodial parent, SSI received on behalf of the dependent child, reimbursements for educational expenses or health and wellness benefits, cost of living (COLA) received in high cost areas, temporary duty allowances, or reenlistment bonuses. Do not include cash awards, bonuses, or overtime pay in TFI calculation.

TFI includes the appropriate Non-Locality Basic Allowance for Housing with Dependents Rate (BAH RC/T) for all members, regardless of whether they live in government housing or off installation. Programs will use the local BAH rate in locations where military members receive less than the BAH RC/T allowance.

For dual military living in government quarters include BAH RC/T of the senior member only; for a Defense civilian OCONUS include either the housing allowance or the value of the in-kind housing provided.

What is an Inclusion Action Team (IAT)?

The purpose of the Inclusion Action Team (IAT) is to address the placement of children with special needs in the Child and Youth Programs delivery system; including recommendations of developmentally appropriate environments, adult/child ratios, group sizes, and any necessary program accommodations. Members may include the child’s parent(s)/guardian, CYP Administrator, Resource & Referral representative, Family Child Care Director, CDC management team member (i.e., Director, Assistant Director, or Training & Curriculum Specialist), School Age Care (SAC) management team member, EFMP Manager, CYP Nurse, Family Care Behavioral Specialist, and the Food Program Manager. Families may request their child’s special needs professional to participate in the IAT meeting.

Parents must submit the CYP Special Needs Packet and the CYP Health Assessment form to the CYP Resource and Referral Office (Bldg. 13150) in person or via fax at (760) 725-7097. The physician should complete, sign and stamp the associated paperwork on behalf of the child. Once the Special Needs packet is received, Resource & Referral will coordinate the IAT meeting with the parent(s) and other team members.

After reviewing specific information regarding the developmental, medical, and educational needs of the child, family considerations and the availability of space in the Child Development Center, Family Child Care Home, or SAC program, the IAT members will submit a recommendation to the CYP Administrator or designee for review and approval:

  • Appropriate placement that meets the needs of the child, in a developmentally appropriate childcare environment (i.e., Child Development Center, School Age Care Center, Family Child Care Home or Youth & Teen Center).
  • Accommodations and/or program modifications that will be necessary to ensure the safety and developmental effectiveness of the child care experience for the child and to identify agencies responsible for funding the modifications or accommodations.
  • Pre-admission staff/provider training necessary to care for the child.
  • The child’s special needs status will be reviewed annually or reassessed at the onset of any change in the disability, treatment regimen, or needs.

Contact Information

Family Care Headquarters

BLDG 13150
Camp Pendleton, CA

Phone: 7607256308 Helpdesk: 8556962934 Ext: 1

Resource & Referral: 7607259723

Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm

Resource & Referral
BLDG 13150, #112

Mon-Fri 7:30am-4:30pm
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