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Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP)
Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) 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. In Rota, the MWR Youth Center houses Gravity (ages 13–18) and Jams (ages 10 through 12). Inside each center are tons of activities to enjoy during summer and after school. At each facility young people will find game tables, Nintendo 64, PS2 and daily activities provided by MWR staff members. Each month there are dances, field trips to local malls and other locations and even overnighters. During the summer, trips to Isla Magica (a local amusement park) dot the Youth Activities Calendar, as well as other high interest summer activities. 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 the programs and surrounding communities.

Child Development Center (CDC)
NAVSTA Rota’s full-time Child Development Center (CDC) is a beautiful, state of the art facility styled after the Andalucían cortijo (a Spanish ranch house). Each room is specifically designed to accommodate the appropriate age group. A large variety of quality equipment, materials and supplies are provided to support the classroom program. Large playgrounds offer a variety of experiences including a cycle track and village, shaded picnic pavilions, open grass areas and even a huge gothic castle. The planned activities, the organization of the environment, the selected toys and materials, the daily schedules and the staff interaction with the children are all planned to accomplish the goals of the CDC developmental curriculum, which is designed to promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth of each individual child. The CDC staff is experienced, well trained, and committed to providing quality care for the children enrolled in the CDC program. The CDC also offers Hourly Care to its patrons. The CDC, located in building #1963, is next door to the MWR Administrative Office in Building #1.

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 12 years old can participate in this accredited (COA) program. This structured recreational and educational program provides youth with age appropriate before and after school activities that promote and develop positive values, emphasize educational skills and promote physical fitness. During holidays and the summer during school break times SAC offers camp options which includes different activities such as arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips, outdoor recreation, cultural programs and special events. SAC is also open on DGF Elementary early release days and non-school days as well. You can either enroll your children in full time for before / after school care or call for availability for our hourly care. Hourly care space is limited and available on a first come and first serve basis. SAC is located in building #41 just across from the NEX gas station.

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

To learn more about daycare in Spain, visit the links provided:
Naval Station Rota Welcome Guide (page 20)
Navy CYP Parent Handbook
CDC MWR webpage
SAC MWR webpage
Navy CYP MWR webpage

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