|» When should I begin looking for child care and/or registering my child for care?
|The earlier the better! Finding a place you feel meets your needs and the needs of your child is of utmost importance to us. Infant spaces in our CDC and Child Development Home (CDH) care programs are at a premium. Top priority is given to Dual Active Duty and Single Parent Active Duty Families. We recommend you contact our Child Care Resource & Referral (CCRR) office early on in your pregnancy or as soon as you have your orders to relocate to Navy Region Northwest to request the paperwork to go on the waiting list.
|» What is the Central Enrollment & Waiting List (CEWL) System and how does it work?
|The CEWL maintains a Navy-wide standardized waiting list system that provides fast, efficient and fair service to all patrons. It utilizes a three tier waiting list system to place children in the CDC, School Age Care (SAC) and CDH program.
Tier 1 is the Projected Demand list. It includes children transferring to the NRNW area and unborn children. Placement on this list is based on 1) Date of request for care 2) Sponsor's priority and 3) Age of child.
Tier 2 is the Excess Demand list. It includes all children who currently need care and are awaiting an opening in a Child Development Program. Placement on this list is based on 1) Date of request for care 2) Sponsor's priority and 3) Age of child.
Tier 3 reflects a parent's preference for a specific type of care or location (CDC, CDH, SAC, Housing Area). Placement on this list is based on 1) Date care was accepted and preference was requested or date care was declined and preference was requested and 2) Age of child.
Movement from Tier 1 to Tier 2 occurs when the CCRR office is notified that the family has arrived to the area or that the unborn child has been born. Movement from Tier 2 to Tier 3 is possible after viable care was offered, but was not the parent's preferred choice for care. Tier 3 has no priority and will be offered as care becomes available.
|» How long can I expect to be on the waiting list if no space is available?
|Unfortunately there is no magic number. Wait times are dependent on two factors: priority assignment and number of children in the specific age group awaiting care. Priorities are defined below:
Priority 1: Active duty single parent or dual active duty military parents
Priority 2: Active duty w/ full-time working or full-time student spouse
Priority 3: DoD civilian personnel
Priority 4: DoD contractors working full time
Generally speaking: the younger the child and the lower the priority category, the longer the wait time.
|» If I prefer care in a specific program, say the CDC, can I go on the Preference List immediately when applying for care?
|No. All patrons must go through the same process. When you initially go on the waiting list, you are awaiting an opening in any Navy Child Development program in your area. When your name comes up on the waiting list, you will be contacted. When a space is offered to you, you can either accept it or decline it. Even if you accept the space, you also have the right to request to be placed on the Preference List for your preferred care program or location. If the space is available in the CDH program, you will be offered the names and telephone numbers of the providers with availability. It is then your responsibility to contact the providers and set up interviews. You should schedule and hold your interviews within one week from the day you are called by CCRR. Contact the CCRR as soon as possible to let them know which provider you have selected or if you will need more referrals. If you decline all referrals, you can request to go on the Preference List for your preferred care location. CCRR will move you to the Preference List as of the date you request a preferred program or location. Please note: Once Single and Dual military have chosen to go on the Preference List, they do NOT have priority on this list.