FMWR Child Development Services (CDS) offers child care options for children ages six weeks to six years old. It is open to children of Active Duty military, DoD civilians and contractors, Reservists, and Retirees. All programs are developmental and promote physical, emotional, cognitive, and social growth. The CDC believes that work of children is play, and it is through play that children learn. To support our commitment to quality programming, the CDCs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified annually by the Department of Defense.
All staff undergo background checks and participate in ongoing training to include first aid, CPR, safety and health concerns, and child growth and development. Monthly tuition fees are based on a sliding scale of six income categories based on total family income. Full-day and part-day care, part-day preschool for 3-5 year olds, and drop-in hourly care are available through our center.
Spring Season - Yellow Dust
Yellow Dust (also yellow sand, yellow wind or China dust storms) is a seasonal meteorological phenomenon which affects much of East Asia sporadically during the springtime months. The dust originates in the deserts of Mongolia, northern China and Kazakhstan where high-speed surface winds and intense dust storms kick up dense clouds of fine, dry soil particles. These clouds are then carried eastward by prevailing winds and pass over China, North and South Korea, and Japan, as well as parts of the Russian Far East. Sometimes, the airborne particulates are carried much further, in significant concentrations which affect air quality as far east as the United States.
In the last decade or so, it has become a serious problem due to the increase of industrial pollutants contained in the dust and intensified desertification in China causing longer and more frequent occurrences, as well as in the last few decades when the Aral Sea of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan started drying up due to the diversion of the Amu River and Syr River following a Soviet agricultural program to irrigate Central Asian deserts, mainly for cotton plantations.
Areas affected by the dust experience decreased visibility and the dust is known to cause a variety of health problems, not limited to sore throat and asthma in otherwise healthy people. Often, people are advised to avoid or minimize outdoor activities, depending on severity of storms. For those already with asthma or respiratory infections, it can be fatal. The dust has been shown to increase the daily mortality rate in one affected region by 1.7%.
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-Dust deposition in Beijing during the