Navy CY programs 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. CYP professionals are trained to foster a sense of independence, trust, and responsibility within each child through understanding and respectful interactions. Programs are designed to support the ideas, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children and youth. Staff are advocates for children, families, and the child and youth professionals within our programs and surrounding communities.
Child Development Center (CDC) offers care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age from 0700-1800, Monday-Friday. The CDC’s focus is reaching child development milestones and school readiness skills. The CDC is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is certified annually by the Commander, Navy Installation Commands. Availability at the Bahrain CDC is limited so it is highly encouraged to apply as early as possible to check availability and if needed, get on the waiting list.
The Navy hourly care program is designed to support families’ need for short-term, intermittent childcare. Hourly childcare is available to eligible patrons who include, active duty military, reservists, DoD civilians, and DoD contractors. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. Space is limited, and reservations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Drop-in care will be available on a space available basis only. Prior to using this service, please complete an information packet, available at all CDC locations. Submit your packet to the location where you would like to receive care. Hourly care is $4/hour/child.
School Age Care (SAC)
School Age Care (SAC) is designed to be a safe place for your children to go when out of school. Children, kindergarten through 6th grade can participate in this accredited program. This highly structured recreational and educational program provides youth with age appropriate before and after school activities as well as holiday and summer day camps during school break times.
The status of the sponsor determines eligibility of your child. Eligible patrons for Navy CYP include active duty military personnel, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians paid from appropriated or non-appropriated funds, reservists on active duty or inactive duty while in training, DoD contractors, and active duty Coast Guard. Children of retirees are eligible for recreational programs and activities but are not eligible for full-time care. Proof of eligibility must be provided upon registration and it is your responsibility to report any changes to your CYP. Dependent children include adopted children or recognized natural children, stepchildren, or foster children who live with the sponsor. In the case of geographically separated parents or parents that are divorced, the child is only eligible for services if residing with the sponsor.
- Priority 1: Single/Dual Active Duty Military. Wounded Warriors, Fallen Warriors and augmentees.
Note: Active duty includes all services, reservists on active duty, and reservists in training.
- Priority 2: All other active duty with a spouse who is working or a full-time student
- Priority 3: DoD civilian personnel, single or with a working spouse
- Priority 4: Full time DoD contractors, single or with a working spouse
- Priority 5: If the need for child care for the above priorities has been met, child care may be supported for other active duty and civilian employees
Several local British, French, and American curriculum schools are available near base and common living areas.
To learn more about daycare in Bahrain, visit the links below:
Bahrain Welcome Aboard Packet (page 23)
Navy CYP Parent Handbook
CDC MWR webpage
SAC MWR webpage