FC 4-740-14N provides requirements for evaluating and planning the site, determining programming requirements, establishing space distribution needs, determining building size, and designing all outdoor and indoor spaces for Navy and Marine Corps Child Development Center (CDC) facilities to support the child development program. Unless specifically indicated for only one of the 2 services, requirements in this FC apply to facilities for both Navy and Marine Corps. The information in this FC applies to the design of all new construction projects as well as renovation projects. Renovation projects should update existing facilities to meet the guidance and criteria within budgetary constraints. Further, this FC serves as an ongoing program management tool within the Navy and Marine Corps child development programs.
This FC is not intended as a substitution during design for thorough review by individual Child Development Program Managers in each of the Services. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the FC document, an overview of the facility, and the applicable regulatory authorities. Chapters 2 and 3 provide planning and design criteria that apply to the facility as a whole. Chapters 4 and 5 provide design criteria for the individual facility and site spaces and establish the baseline levels of features and finishes to be provided in those spaces. This FC also identifies desired or allowable design features. The objective of this FC is to promote centers that are child-oriented, developmentally appropriate, environmentally sensitive, safe, accessible and functional.