Child Development Center (CDC)

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Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 6pm
Phone: (316) 759-4223
DSN: 743-4223
Fax: (316) 759-3446

McConnell CDC Parent Handbook (2019)

As a parent, who you entrust with the care of your children is critical.  Our McConnell Child Development Center’s (CDC) primary mission is to provide quality child care services to Team McConnell, which enables our Airmen to meet mission requirements worldwide with the knowledge that their children are in a safe, healthy environment that fosters individual development through independent and creative exploration of their world.  The CDC is nationally accredited and staffed by well-trained professionals you can trust to care for your little ones ages six weeks to five years. Our center is truly developmental, with programs to enhance social skills, encourage children to think and reason, promote language and literacy, build physical development and skills, and much more!  Please call us at 759-4223 for more information or go to to request care.   Tuition is set annually by DoD and is based on each family’s total household income.

McConnell AFB families now have access to a new Department of Defense (DoD) website designed to simplify and improve the child care request for care process. (MCC) provides a single online gateway for families to access military-operated or military-subsidized child care options worldwide across all Services. The site enables families to create a household profile, conduct child care searches, submit requests for care and manage their requests at any time and from any location. Through, eligible families can search and request care for full day and part day options in facility-based and home-based programs for children from birth through age 12. Families may remain on a preferred program’s waitlist even after being offered care or enrolling in another program. Visit or call 759-4223 for more information.


Full Time Care

Meets the needs of parents working or in school on a full-time basis. Parents using full-time care have an agreement with the CDC so they are ensured a child care slot as long as they remain in full-time work or school status. The CDC participates in the USDA Food Program and children are served a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snacks throughout the day.  The hours of operation at the CDC are MondayFriday 6:30 a.m.—6:00 p.m.  The program is closed for Federal Holidays.   

  • Exercises: The Child Development Center will support ORI’s and exercises with child care.  Upon command notification, the center will extend operating hours or refer parents to the Family Child Care Program for assistance.

Part Day Preschool: ENROLL NOW!

Meets the needs of parents who do not require full time childcare but are interested in giving their child some social and educational experiences for a few mornings a week.  Parents can utilize this time to volunteer, exercise, run errands, etc.   Open to children ages 3 – 5 years, who are toilet trained. Sessions are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Bldg. 338 (next to the CDC).   The PDP helps prepare children to learn through active exploration and interaction with peers and adults.  The curriculum is designed to meet the individual developmental needs of each child and focuses on fostering self-esteem and positive feelings towards learning.  Fees are based on your family’s total household income.  For more information, contact the CDC at 759-4223.

Hourly Care Program

Meets the needs of parents requiring short-term child care services on an intermittent basis when slots are available. Hourly care is by reservation only.  You may call or come by the center in advance or on the same day.  Parents are responsible for making their child’s hourly care reservations.  McConnell volunteers, doctor’s appointments, and OWC/ESC meetings and luncheons have a two-week reservation window.  All other reservations may be made up to one week in advance. Space is on first-come, first-serve basis and is held for one half hour after the reserved time begins.  If you fail to arrive in that allotted one half hour, your space may be given to the next child in need of child care. You may change or cancel your reservation up to two hours in advance of your reserved time, however if you neglect to cancel your reservation you will be charged.  Parents can make reservations two weeks in advance up until the same day. If space is not available when you call, you will be placed on a waiting list and our staff will notify you if space becomes available. Cost is only $5 per hour and includes all meals and snacks. All required immunizations, special needs packets and enrollment forms must be completed prior to care.

Give Parents A Break/Respite Child Care Program

Do you need time to recharge and relax?  Give Parents a Break is for you!  Each month, we’ll watch your children (ages 0-12) at the CDC and give you time to rejuvenate from your daily life.  Give Parents a Break is ONLY open to those with deployed family members or those going through a rough time.  Funded by the Air Force Aid Society, this program provides FREE childcare on the night of the program.  In order to receive the free childcare, you must obtain a voucher from the Airman & Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) OR from your First Sergeant, and then sign up no later than the Wednesday prior to the event.  To register, call the CDC at (316) 759-4223.

Child Care for PCS Program  

This program provides Air Force families up to 20 hours of FREE child care (for each child) when they are within 60 days of PCS departure or arrival date at this base. This child care will be provided in licensed Family Child Care homes on base, Air Force affiliated homes off base, or the Child Development Center.  Child care services are paid for by the Air Force Aid Society.

Please contact the Airman & Family Readiness at 759-6020, Bldg 732, to determine eligibility and receive a voucher.  Care is reserved through the FCC provider or the CDC on a space available basis and additional documentation is required to secure child care services. 

Interested in working in our program and making a difference in the life of a child?  Apply at


  • Quality program
  • Paid training and professional development
  • Profession that is easy to transfer to other CDCs as you’re your family PCS’s
  • Priority placement for your children into the program
  • Supporting military families and youth

McConnell Child Development Center (CDC)
Hours: Monday – Friday, 6:30am – 6pm
Phone: (316) 759-4223
DSN: 743-4223
Fax: (316) 759-3446