NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Station Norfolk opened a new child development center (CDC) in Norfolk, Va., Dec. 7.
The $9.3 million facility, built by Archer Western Contractors, Ltd., is 32,000 sq. ft. and is certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.). The CDC has the ability to care for 306 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.
The building has seven infant rooms, seven pre-toddler rooms, six toddler rooms, four preschool rooms and a staff of 790 caregivers and support staff.
The grand-opening ceremony consisted of a ribbon cutting, guided tour and guest speakers including Capt. Mary Jackson, Naval Station Norfolk commanding officer.
"We have a beautiful facility here," said Jackson. "We have providers who care about the children."
Jackson said having a care provider servicemembers can trust is crucial to morale.
Renee Grant, Willoughby CDC director, agrees with Jackson.
"Military families are able to drop their children off and go to work without worrying about child care," Grant said. "We're here to provide that quality child care."
A second CDC is scheduled to open aboard Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in late 2011.
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