Attention JBER

In response to COVID-19, CYP care is limited to single and dual military to include Guard/Reserve on orders and direct care employees. Exceptions will be limited to First Responders including medical personnel on and off base and members deployed with orders on file. If you have questions about the base access or other base related questions, please visit the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Facebook page. Reminder those families that do not qualify for care will not be charged.

All of our centers are equipped to provide a safe and nurturing environment to each child. Our goals are to:

  • Foster positive identity and sense of emotional well being

  • Enhance social skills

  • Encourage children to think, reason, question, and experiment

  • Promote language and literacy development

  • Support sound health, safety, and nutritional practices

  • Advance creative support expression, representation, and appreciation for the arts

  • Develop initiative decision-making skills

All 5 centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC Accreditation meets the highest quality of Early Childhood Programs Standards and Accreditation Criteria. In addition, our programs all participate in the USDA Food Program to provide nutritious meals and snacks for the children, which includes formula (specific brands only) and baby food.

Our Facilities

Denali Center, JBER-E

6 week – 5 years, Full day.
Bldg. 7377, 907-552-8304
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Katmai Center, JBER-E

6 week – 5 years, Full day.
Bldg. 7181, 907-552-2697
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Kodiak Center, JBER-R

Toddlers – Preschool, Part day.
Temporarily Closed.

Sitka Center, JBER-E

6 week – 5 years, Full day.
Bldg. 6376, 907-552-6403
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Talkeetna Center, JBER-R

6 week – 5 years, Full day.
Bldg. 11, 907-384-0686
Mon. – Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


As a condition of employment, all candidates must have a physical, all immunizations, and secure a local and national agency background check. Before employees work in the classroom, they undergo an intensive New Employee Orientation which includes safety and emergency procedures, sanitation and health practices, and guidance techniques.


We are responsible for supporting the development of the whole child, meaning all areas of development are considered inter-related and equally important. Our program acknowledges that children learn through active, hands-on involvement with their environment, peers, and caring adults. We respect each child’s unique interest, experiences, abilities and needs, thus allowing us to be responsive to and appropriate for each child. Children are valued as individuals, as well as part of a group.


Parents/Guardians are encouraged to participate in class activities, field trips and the Parent Advisory Board. Parent University classes are offered throughout the year at the multiple centers. Local information in the Anchorage community is also available.


Registration for the Child Development Centers is handled through After we confirm your priority, parents/guardians will be contacted by the Child Development Center when a space is available. Parents will have 24 hours to accept that space, and come to the Child Development Center to begin the formal registration process and pay a $50.00 deposit to secure the space. After the space has been offered, the parent/guardian will attend a scheduled mandatory orientation.