• Members of the Fort Stewart Command Team, children from the new Child Development Center, and their parents cut the ribbon, officially marking the grand opening of Fort Stewart's newest CDC.  From left to right: Brigadier General Jeffrey Phillips, deputy commanding general-rear; Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Ashman, command sergeant major-rear; Command Sgt. Maj. James Ervin, Stewart-Hunter garrison command sergeant major; Sgt. Robert Solesbee, his wife Amanda, and their daughter, Paige; Capt. Louis Cooke, his wife Molly and their children, Landon and Benjamin; Evelyn R. Garcia, Children Youth Services Family Center Director; Command Sgt. Maj.  McArthur Dixon, Division Special Troops Battalion command sergeant major; Col. Kevin Milton, Stewart-Hunter garrison commander;

    Fort Stewart CDC

    Members of the Fort Stewart Command Team, children from the new Child Development Center, and their parents cut the ribbon, officially marking the grand opening of Fort Stewart's newest CDC. From left to right: Brigadier General Jeffrey Phillips...

  • Master Sergeant Adrienne Kelley drops off her daughter, Maleah, at the new child development center at Fort Stewart.

    Fort Stewart CDC

    Master Sergeant Adrienne Kelley drops off her daughter, Maleah, at the new child development center at Fort Stewart.

<b> FORT STEWART, Ga. - </b> Soldiers, Family Members, and Army Civilians gathered to celebrate the opening of the newest child development center on Fort Stewart, Nov. 20. The new center will care for 244 of the Army's youngest Family Members, who range in age from six weeks to five years old.

"It's a great facility." Said Evelyn R. Garcia, Children Youth Services Family Center Director. She said the staff at the new facility make a great team, and they work hard to ensure the safety and education of all the children who attend.

Brigadier General Jeffrey Phillips, deputy commanding general-rear, said the new facility would significantly increase child care capacity. He went on to say that while the cost of the new center, $6.8 million, seems high, it will offer great value to Soldiers who will be assured that they children are receiving good care.

Master Sergeant Adrienne Kelley, whose daughter, Maleah, is one of the center's first children. "(The new CDC is) very convenient. I come on my lunch hour (to visit her daughter). She (Maleah) loves it."

The new CDC will also be the site of a new Army program for four year olds, called Strong Beginnings.

The goal of the program is to better prepare students to entering kindergarten and elementary school.

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