Child Development Center Strong Beginnings Program

Editor’s Note: This information about the Yongsan CDC Strong Beginnings Program first appeared on this post about Yongsan preschool options. In order to keep the conversations more coherent, we’ve closed comments on that original post and separated all school reviews to their own posts. If your child has or is currently attending this program, please feel free to leave your input here so other parents can make an informed decision. Thanks!



The Child Development Center (CDC) Strong Beginnings Program

The CDC offers on-base childcare for children from 6 weeks to 6 years old.  They have a part-day preschool program for 3-5 year olds. (And drop-in hourly daycare.)  Active duty dual and single military families are  given first priority.

Parent take: I only spoke with one parent who had a child in this program and she said it was good for her child, but believes much of your experience will depend on the teacher you have.  She mentioned teachers can be limited in how they work with the kids because of government regulations. 

**And, just in an aside, I was just listening to Terry Gross (the best interviewer of all-time) interview a guy who wrote a New Republic article called,”The Hell of American Day Care” and guess what he said? “Some of the best child care in America is on U.S. military bases.”  We’re not in America, but you get the point…

Phone:  DSN 738-3406/7

Ages:  (For the preschool) Three to four year year olds and five year olds who do not meet the school cut-off date for kindergarten.
Once the child turns five and is eligible for kindergarten the next school year, the child can be enrolled in the full-day Pre-K classroom.

Hours:  Hours of operation are from 0515-1800  (not sure what the preschool hours are though…pretty sure half day)

Cost:  Based on annual household income

Class size:  1 staff member for every 10 children

For all you parents looking for a preschool that suits your kids, we’re hoping to add a little something to aid in your search. Parents of children who attend various preschools here in Korea have filled out a series of questions about the schools for the benefit of the rest of us. We welcome more than one voice on each school since everyone has a different experience, so please feel free to add in your two cents in the comments.

If your child attends a school that has not been reviewed on this site, please contact our Submissions Manager for the template.

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