At The Salvation Army's Child Development Center, where we enroll students from 6 weeks through our Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program, we place a strong emphasis on literacy and fostering a lifelong love of reading. We are the only 5-star rated childcare center in downtown Jacksonville, and we pride ourselves on our low student/teacher ratios and the high quality of our teaching staff.



318 North Ocean Street Jacksonville, FL 32202 Phone: (904) 665-0102
Our facility is at the corner of Monroe and Ocean in downtown Jacksonville, and is next to The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida's Area Command. Parking is available in the front of the building and is limited to staff and parents only. Street parking is also available.

Center Hours:

Hours of operation: 6:30am – 6:15pm Monday through Friday (VPK hours are 9:00am – 12:00pm) We operate year-round with the VPK program running August – June. Students and families will not be permitted into the building before 6:30am, and all students must be dropped off no later than 9:00am.


Applications are accepted throughout the year and children may begin at any time. We serve children from 6 weeks through five years old without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. We offer only full-time enrollment at this time. Children must have a paid registration fee, a completed application packet, updated shots records, and a physical form prior to starting school. Students may begin attending class 24 hours after all paperwork and fees are submitted.

For more information, please call Lauren Lee at (904) 301-4861

The Salvation Army Child Development Center

318 North Ocean Street Jacksonville, FL 32202 Ph. (904) 665-0102