Community members got a sneak peek at the new Child Development Center located behind the Fitness Center, by touring the almost completed building April 8.

The new CDC, slated to open Aug. 2, will give the current CDC some growing room, opens the Youth Center to more middle school and teens while school-age children can seek activities in the new building.

The 15,029 square-foot building will be called the Lee Area CDC and contains two childcare classrooms, two multipurpose rooms and a demonstration kitchen, which will allow children to learn how to cook, and will have a cafAfA or eating area next to the kitchen.

The new CDC also includes seven computers and homework spaces, an arts room and a room for extended care programs.

"The new CDC will allow for enhanced support in existing Child, Youth and School Services facilities by having Parent Central, which allows parents to sign up and receive information on all CYSS programs in one location," Don Hulst, operations coordinator for CYSS, said.

The project is part of the Army Family Covenant initiative to enhance the quality of support for Soldiers and Families. The new CDC will expand the services of the current CDC and expand services to teens and school-age children.

"The new CDC will also allow for additional full-day care space at our current CDC, by relocating part-day pre-school and kindergarten programs from the current CDC to the new CDC," Hulst said. "The relocation of preschool and elementary age instructional classes from the Youth Center to the new CDC will make the Youth Center more age appropriate for middle school and high school students and allow for enhanced programming for these age groups."

The new facility will also provide increased hourly care support, part-day preschool programs, before and after school kindergarten care, summer camp expansion, SKIES instructional classes, extended care and special program support.

The new CDC also includes a playground and 11 bathrooms.