SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii – U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii broke ground on two new Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation child development centers, here, April 19.
The new centers will be built on Aliamanu Military Reservation and Schofield Barracks will provide an additional 676 childcare spots for military dependents.
Child development centers are on-post facilities that reduce stress on families and support workforce readiness by offering full-time, part-time and hourly child care service options for children six weeks to five years of age in nationally accredited environments.
Care is provided by trained staff and operations are subject to Department of Defense certification.
“These state of the art facilities are taking a giant leap forward to provide the best possible care and a nurturing environment for our keiki, who are the future of our nation,” said Col. Steve McGunegle, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii.
McGunegle, who has two children, also spoke about how Army child development centers and other Child & Youth Services programs have supported his family throughout his and his wife’s careers.
Across the Army, more than 11,000 Child & Youth Services personnel provide child care to more than 200,000 military dependents.
Currently, there are six child development centers on U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii installations: one facility each on Aliamanu Military Reservation, Fort Shafter, and Helemano Military Reservation and three separate facilities Bowen, Petersen and Schofield Barracks on Schofield Barracks.
Both new child development centers will be constructed by Nan, Inc. The Aliamanu Military Reservation facility is a $53.1 million contract, and should be complete in 2025. The Schofield Barracks facility is a $44.7 million contract and should be complete in 2026. Both projects are being managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Honolulu District.