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Child Development Center; serving Airmen and their families

Woman completes paperwork

Shanikka Davis, 325th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center child and youth program clerk, verifies the check-in roster of children at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 1, 2021. Davis’ functional duty as a clerk is to help with administrative support for the office, but she can assist in most other areas of the center to help her team be successful. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Woman puts child down for nap

Shanikka Davis, 325th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center child and youth program clerk, puts a child down for a nap at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 1, 2021. Davis’ functional duty as a clerk is to help with administrative support of the office but she can assist in most other areas including taking accountability, helping with meals and chaperoning children to and from restroom breaks since the children must be under the supervision of a qualified staff member at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Women prepare food

Shanikka Davis, 325th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center child and youth program clerk, left, and Bridgette Womack, 325th FSS CDC staff member, right, prepare an afternoon snack for children at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 1, 2021. Providing Airmen with easy access to childcare during the duty day allows service members to stay mission focused knowing the base supports their dependents and has the staffing and resources to care for their needs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Airman receives tour of facility

Shanikka Davis, 325th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center child and youth program clerk, right, talks to a parent looking into utilizing the CDC at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 1, 2021. Each prospective parent is given a tour of the facility before their child is admitted into the program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Woman completes paperwork

Shanikka Davis, 325th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center child and youth program clerk, checks entrance rosters at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 1, 2021. Davis’ functional duty as a clerk is to help with administrative support for the office but she can assist in most other areas, such as taking accountability, which is done multiple times throughout the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

Workers talk together

Members of the 325th Force Support Squadron Child Development Center oversee children at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sept. 1, 2021. Providing Airmen with easy access to childcare during the duty day allows service members to stay mission focused knowing the base supports their dependents. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Magen M. Reeves)

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Mission success has many demands on service members, their spouses and children. Providing unrivaled combat airpower and support for Airmen propelling air dominance across the globe requires the support of numerous base agencies. The Child Development Center at Tyndall is ready to shoulder their part of the commitment to excellence.

Active duty personnel have first priority to enroll their children at the CDC and can be from any branch of service. Department of Defense civilian personnel are also able to apply on a case by case basis.

“We help the mission succeed by allowing our military families to be prepared to fulfill their duties,” said Davis. “We take care of the most (important thing in their lives). They put 100 percent trust in us to provide the finest care for their children. If I’m not able to offer affordable quality care for the parents, they couldn’t complete the mission.”

Each day begins as facility staff receive children being dropped off by their parents prior to the hustle and bustle of the duty day.

“Every morning it is a pleasure to be the first one at work to open and prepare the building to accept children and the families,” Davis continued. “There is nothing else I would rather do.”

Childcare providers have several responsibilities beyond simply ensuring children are cared for under their watch.

As part of her duties as a CDC clerk, Davis handles administrative tasks such as intakes and coordination with families. As a childcare provider, she creates and carries out daily activities for and with the children, supervises children, conducts accountability and lends a helping hand wherever she can.

“The purpose of the CDC is to be responsible for supporting the development of the whole child, which means all areas of development are equally important,” said Davis. “We respect each child’s unique interest, experience, abilities and needs, allowing us to be responsible to and appropriate for each child.”

Providing Checkertail Airmen with easy access to childcare during the duty day allows service members to stay mission focused knowing the base is supporting not only them, but their little ones as well.

“Children are the future of our communities,” Davis continued. “I’m responsible for the happiness of so many beyond myself. Each day brings new excitements…I celebrate the little moments.”