- Child Development Programs
- Family Childcare
- School Age Care (5-12)
- Youth/Teen Programs (10-18)
- School Liaison
Family Care programs at Camp Pendleton focus on the needs of families by providing quality programs that support the continuum of active duty personnel and family members.
Family Care provides a full range of services and programs to help support parents:
- Child Development Centers (CDCs)
- Family Childcare
- School Age Care and Youth Programs, ages Kindergarten–18 years, attending high school
- Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)
- Project FOCUS (Families OverComing Under Stress)
To apply for childcare, please complete the Childcare Waitlist Application and email it to email@example.com, fax to (760) 725-7097 or return it to the Childcare Resource & Referral Office in Building 13150.
Child Abuse: Doesn’t Report Itself
If you see or suspect child abuse, child neglect or a safety violation in your DoD Child and Youth Programs or Schools, please contact the following:
Family Advocacy Program: (760) 725-9051
Provost Marshall’s Office (PMO): (760) 725-3888
DoD Child Abuse and Safety Violation Hotline: (877) 790-1197, Overseas: (703) 604-2547 (Note: Collect call – local charges may apply)
Resource and Referral
Bldg 13150, Rm 121
Resource & Referral
Provides referrals to parents for quality, affordable childcare and youth and teen programs for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age.
- Central enrollment office for the Child Development Centers (CDCs), School Age Care (SAC) programs and Youth programs
- Childcare locator for the unique needs of families and children with special needs
- Waiting list manager for the Child Development Centers (CDCs)
- To be placed on the childcare waitlist, please complete the Childcare Waitlist Application (link) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to (760) 725-7097, or return it to the Childcare Resource & Referral Office in Building 13150.
- Referral provider for Family Child Care (FCC)
- To request a listing of Family Child Care Providers, please complete the Referral Request Intake Form and email it to email@example.com, fax to (760) 725-7097 or return it to the Childcare Resource & Referral Office in Building 13150. If you are not currently on the childcare waiting list, you will also need to complete the DD2606.
Waiting list preference for care is determined by priority and date of application. The following is priority placement information:
- Priority I: Dual active duty, Single active duty, Dual DoD employees, Single DoD employees.
- Priority II: Active duty military with a non-DoD spouse, working 30 hours or more per week or completing internship 30 hours or more per week.
- Priority III: Active duty military with a full time student spouse, 12 units or more per semester.
- Priority IV: Active duty military with a spouse working or going to school part time.
- Priority V: Retired Military, Active duty military with non-working spouse, DoD with non-working spouse, Active duty military not assigned to Camp Pendleton.
Child Development Centers (CDC’s)
CDC programs aboard Camp Pendleton are nationally accredited through NECPA, facility-based childcare services which support the needs of children ages 6 weeks-5 years.
Hours of Operation: 6am-6pm
Courteau CDC: Bldg 15061, (760) 725-5113
Deluz CDC: Bldg 120111, (760) 725-9907
Fisher CC: Bldg 160101, (760) 725-0845
San Luis Rey CDC: Bldg 17082, (760) 763-6907
San Onofre CDC: Bldg 51080, (760) 725-7311
San Rafael CDC: Bldg 2052, (760) 725-8405
Stuart Mesa CDC: Bldg 310006, (760) 725-9954
Part-Day Enrichment Programs
Part day enrichment programs are for children between the ages of 2-5 years. This program is offered at Fisher Children’s Center year round and at the San Luis Rey Child Development Center, coinciding with the Fallbrook Unified School District school year calendar. Please contact Resource & Referral for additional information. This program operates between 8am and 12pm (Noon).
Fisher Children’s Center offers hourly care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Fisher is a drop in center for parents who volunteer, have appointments or other scheduled obligations. Reservations for Fisher are available up to one week in advance. Family Child Care is also an immediate option for hourly/drop-in care. Please contact the Fisher Children’s Center for additional information at (760) 725-9723.
Pre-School Part Day
The part day enrichment program for pre-school children coincides with the Fallbrook school year calendar (Sep–Jun). Contact Resource and Referral for additional information. This program operates between 8am and 12pm (Noon).
Fisher Child Development Center offers hourly care for children 6 weeks-5 years. Fisher is a drop–in center for parents who volunteer, have appointments or scheduled obligations. Reservations for Fisher are available up to one week in advance. Family Child Care is also an immediate option for hourly/drop-in care. Contact Fisher CDC for additional information.
Family Child Care is also an immediate option for hourly/drop-in care. Contact Resource and Referral at (760) 725-9723 for a list of providers.
Family Child Care (FCC) offers employment opportunities for spouses who live aboard Camp Pendleton. Individuals can be trained and certified to become Family Childcare providers working from home. Contact the FCC office for additional information at (760) 725-7631.
Child Development Centers (CDCs) are always searching for qualified individuals. MCCS offers competitive salaries, and in some cases, benefits. Excellent basic and specialized training (i.e. First Aid and CPR).
Family Child Care (FCC)
Bldg 13150, Room 111
Family Child Care (FCC) offers an alternative to center-based care. FCC providers are trained, certified and monitored to provide qualified in-home childcare aboard base. Childcare hours, services, and availability to provide care for certain age groups may vary from provider to provider. Please contact Resource and Referral for a list of available providers.
Family Child Care (FCC) offers employment opportunities for spouses who live aboard Camp Pendleton. Individuals can be trained and certified to become Family Childcare providers working from home. Contact the FCC to sign up for new provider training courses.
New Provider Training Dates for 2014
Jul 21-25, Aug 25-29, Sep 22-26, Oct 27-29, Nov 17-21
School Age Care Program
To apply for childcare, please complete the Childcare Waitlist Application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org , fax to (760)725-7097 or return it to the Childcare Resource & Referral Office in Building 13150.
Before and After School Care
Before and after school care options are available for children who attend one of the five elementary schools aboard Camp Pendleton. Options vary based on the school and the child’s current grade. Programs provided at the elementary school meet the accreditation standards of the Council of Accreditation (COA). In addition, the CDCs meet the accreditation standards for National Early Childhood Accreditation (NECPA). See below for program details or for more information contact Resource & Referral at (760) 725-9723.
Oceanside School District
Stuart Mesa Elementary
Stuart Mesa CDC
Stuart Mesa SAC
Santa Margarita Elementary
Santa Margarita SAC
North Terrace Elementary
San Rafael CDC
North Terrace SAC
Fallbrook School District
Mary Fay Pendleton
San Luis Rey CDC/SAC
San Onofre Elementary
San Onofre CDC
Youth & Teen Programs
Mon-Fri: 2pm-8pm. Closed holidays. Annual fee $10 (Jan-Dec)
Youth Programs at Camp Pendleton are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and offer a variety of activities and programs for youth and teens ages 10-18 (attending high school) including:
- Age appropriate lifeskills
- Career opportunities
- Work force preparation
- Citizenship and leadership
- Recreation/arts and instructional programs that support the needs of youth and teens
Youth & Teen Sports and Fitness Activities include:
- Indoor active: board games, video games and more
Youth & Teen Center Locations
Abby Reinke Youth & Teen Center
Bldg 201019 | (760) 763-0653
Deluz Youth & Teen Center
Bldg 14519T | (760) 725-5608
San Onofre Youth & Teen Center
Bldg 51570 | (949) 498-9166
Stuart Mesa Youth & Teen Center
Bldg 310006 | (760) 725-9717
Children ages 6 to 9 years old must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or babysitter 18 years or older at all times when visiting the facility.
Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) at Camp Pendleton assists active duty personnel in providing for the special needs of family members before, during and after relocation required by a change of duty assignment. The program ensures every attempt is made to bring together military careers and special needs.
Any authorized dependent family member (spouse, child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child, or dependent parent) of active duty personnel residing with the sponsor who possess a physical, medical, or emotional disability for a period of six months or more is eligible for enrollment.
It is mandatory, per MCO P1754.4B, that family members with special needs enroll in the EFMP. This assists Headquarters Marine Corps with assigning active duty personnel to locations where the special needs of family members can best be met.
For more information about the Exceptional Family Member Program, please visit mccsCP.com/efmp.
Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS)
FOCUS at Camp Pendleton provides family resiliency training for active duty personnel and family members and teaches specific skills related to family and couple communication, emotional regulation, problem solving and goal setting to promote strong military families. Consultations, educational workshops and skill building groups are available.
FOCUS training is free of charge and offers multiple locations with accommodating hours. Identity and participation information is kept confidential according to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards and will not be disclosed to other military families or command. If the safety of a participant becomes a concern, FOCUS staff is required to comply with both base policies and local/state laws.
- Helping families and couples identify and build upon their existing strengths and positive coping strategies
- Increasing parents and children’s understanding of how different family members might react to wartime stress
- Helping active duty personnel and family members communicate and better understand how each were affected by deployment
- Working with spouses to better support one another in dealing with the stressors that can arise from long separations
- Assisting couples to work more effectively as a team in parenting their children before, during, and after deployment
- Increasing parents skills in dealing more effectively with some of the emotional and behavioral reactions that children have when experiencing stress
We want to hear about your experiences when moving between duty stations with school-aged children. Your voice will impact future school-based programming we offer. Please participate in our brief survey related to the transitional challenges you have encountered during PCS moves. Your feedback is important to us! Take survey.
School Liaison Program
The mission of the School Liaison Officer aboard Camp Pendleton is to coordinate education support services to maximize opportunities for academic success for transitioning military children/youth. The School Liaison (SL) fosters and promotes quality education for military children by working directly with the command, families, school districts, and local communities, and by providing referral services to family support agencies aboard MCB Camp Pendleton and in the local community.
- Identify best practices to foster academic success and a smooth transition of Marine school-age children for Camp Pendleton’s military families
- Promote parent and community involvement in youth education
- Develop and coordinate school and community partnership initiatives
- Provide Camp Pendleton’s parents the tools to overcome obstacles to academic success that children, encounter as a result of the military lifestyle
- Educate local school districts and communities about the needs of military school-age children and the military lifestyle