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Child Care Centers, Pre-K and School Age Center

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Our child development centers (CDCs) provide a safe, caring environment that fosters social, emotional, physical, and creative development for family members between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Some of our CDCs also host the free Georgia Pre-K program. All CDCs use the Creative Curriculum. Our centers are fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Fees are based on family income. Register at Parent Central. is a Department of Defense website for military families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides comprehensive information on military-operated or military-subsidized child care programs worldwide and simplifies the child care search and request process. Establish your account today at

Extended Childcare


Are you a Single Parent Soldier or Dual Military Family? You may qualify for extended childcare! Fort Benning Child and Youth Services offers morning childcare between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., Monday – Friday.

Single Parent Soldiers and Dual Military Families, in which both Soldiers have jobs that regularly require them to execute mission between these hours, qualify to enter the program.

Your Battalion Commander must verify that the Soldier is mission essential between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. and certify the days care is needed.

The cost of this program will be covered under the full-day childcare rate assessed to each family based on total family income. Any family not currently receiving care in one of our Fort Benning Centers must also complete the CYS registration process prior to receiving care.

Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come first-served basis. For more information, Soldiers can email

Georgia Pre-K 2021/22

The Georgia Pre-K Program is a lottery funded educational program for Georgia's four year old to prepare children for Kindergarten. For the 2021-2022 school year, Fort Benning is fortunate enough to have Georgia Pre-K classrooms located within the following CYS facilities: 1st Division CDC, McGraw CDC, and Santé Fe CDC. Georgia Pre-K is a hugely popular program and space is limited so a lottery system was established, CYS received 88 slots for this school year. The lottery (drawing) took place May 13, 2021 – we received 138 submissions and the 88 slots were filled, the rest went on the waitlist in case a slot will open. Contact Parent Central to see if any new slots have opened up.

Georgia Pre-K 2021/22 Orientation

The Georgia Pre-K orientation for the 2021-2022 School year will be held in July and in person. Please stay tuned to the CYS Facebook page or  the MWR Facebook page and this page for the exact date and more information on that. For any questions, please contact Parent Central at 706-545-2079.


School Liaison Officers (SLO):

Preparing your child for Pre-K and What can a SLO do for you?

Special Needs Education Director:

Mrs. Parker explains special needs procedures and required information needed to help your child.

CYS Nurse:

Mrs. Musgrove will explain safety, medicines protocols and required vaccinations.

Child Developement Centers (CDC):

Meet your CDC Director your child is assigned to and learn general information about the CDC.

Pre-K Program Teachers

Meet the teacher for your Pre-K program!

Here are some helpful links about Georgia's Pre-K program and home activities that can enhance your child's learning.

1st Division CDC

Aside from full day care, 1st Division also offers before and after care for Georgia Pre-K students. Pre-K space is limited and enrollment is decided by a lottery system each year.

Indianhead CDC

Aside from full day care for ages 6 weeks to 5 years, Indianhead also offers Strong Beginnings Pre-K, which equips preschoolers with the basic skills and behaviors they need to start kindergarten. It is open to 4-year-olds, whether they live on post or off.

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McGraw CDC

Aside from full day care, McGraw also offers before and after care for Georgia Pre-K students. Pre-K space is limited and enrollment is decided by a lottery system each year.

Santa Fe CDC

Aside from full day care, Santa Fe also offers before and after care for Pre-K children. Before care is 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and after care is 3 to 6:30 p.m. Santa Fe also offers the free Georgia Pre-K. PreK space is limited and enrollment is decided by a lottery system each year.

School Age Center

The Fort Benning School Age Center, Bldg 2653 on Ingersoll Street, offers educational and recreational opportunities for elementary age children. Services include:

  • Before and after school care for children
  • Full-time care during school breaks and other occasions
  • Hourly care for school age children
  • Full-day camp sessions during school breaks
  • Respite care the second and fourth Saturday of every month during the school year

CYS programs are subject to change. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at Parent Central, Bldg 104 on Marchant Avenue. For more information, call +1 (706) 545-2079.

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