Updated On: 6/4/2013 1:05:01 PM
Marine & Family Programs
This division of MCCS consists of more than 400 professionals, certified counselors, administrators and technicians whose goal is to make every Marine and Sailor, and their family members highly successful in life. The Information and Referral office in Building 13150 can refer you to the programs described below. For more information, call (760) 725-3400/6090 or visit www.mccsCP.com.
Marine & Family Programs consist of four Branches: Family Readiness, Family Care, Personal & Professional Development and Behavioral Health.
Behavioral Health – Consolidated
Substance Abuse Counseling Center (CSACC)
The Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center (Building 16105) has certified substance abuse counselors who provide substance abuse counseling to active-duty service members, family members and retirees. The center also provides drug and alcohol prevention, early intervention education and outpatient treatment. For more information, call (760) 725-5538/5539.
Behavioral Health – Counseling Services (CS)
Counseling Services provides an array of programs designed to assist military members and their families to cope with personal and family challenges. Through counseling, advocacy, and educational programs, the compassionate staff strives to empower and encourage the community. In addition to general counseling and the Family Advocacy Program, Counseling Services provides anger management, stress management, communication and conflict resolution classes and a Combat Operational Stress Workshop. Prevention and Education staff is also available to assist Command leadership with training by providing subject matter briefs: sexual assault, domestic violence, suicide awareness and prevention. To schedule classes and/or command briefings call (760) 725-6636. If you would like general information about our services or would like to speak directly with a clinician, please call (760) 725-9051.
Counseling services offers “face to face” screenings with no appointment necessary. Walk-in screenings are provided Monday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Mainside office, Building 1122, E Street or at the Northern area office, Building 520512, Basilone Road, in the SOI area.
The FOCUS Project
The FOCUS Project (Families Over Coming Under Stress) provides family resiliency training for active-duty military service members and their families facing the challenges of a family member’s deployment. Visit the FOCUS office at Building 13150 or call (760) 859-6079 for more information.
School Liaison Office
The mission of the School Liaison Officer aboard Camp Pendleton is to coordinate education support services to maximize opportunities for academic success for transitioning military children and youth. The School Liaison (SL) fosters and promotes quality education for military children by working directly with the command, families, school districts and local communities. Call (760) 763-7385.
There are five public elementary schools aboard Camp Pendleton. Three of the schools (North Terrace, Santa Margarita, Stuart Mesa) are from the Oceanside Unified School District and offer classes K-5. The other two schools (Mary Fay Pendleton, San Onofre) are from the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District offering K-6 and K-8 respectively.
Oceanside School District
North Terrace Elementary School serves students from Wire Mountain Public Quarters #1 and South Mesa. Contact them at (760) 757-4343.
Santa Margarita Elementary School serves students from Wire Mountain Public Quarters #2, part of Pacific View housing and South Mesa East. Contact them at (760) 901-7900.
Stuart Mesa Elementary School serves students from the Stuart Mesa housing area. Contact them at (760) 430-3331.
Fallbrook School District
San Onofre Elementary School serves the San Onofre housing areas. Contact them at (949) 492-3372.
Mary Faye Pendleton Elementary School serves the De Luz Housing, O’Neill Heights housing, San Luis Rey housing, Naval Weapons Station and the Naval Regional Medical Center area. Contact them at (760) 731-4050.
To register a student, the parents must deliver the child’s immunization record, birth certificate and transcript, or previous school address, to the school the child will be attending. Call the Base Housing Office for more information on the appropriate school for your area or contact the Base School Liaison at (760) 763-7385/7386.
Personal & Professional
Development – Joint
Education Center (JEC)
The JEC is the starting point for a successful and rewarding career in the Marine Corps. Personnel prepare themselves for productive careers and additional leadership responsibilities through the diverse education and training programs offered at Camp Pendleton. Family members, DoD civilians, base contractors, retirees and reservists are also eligible for assistance. Active-duty members should initially contact their unit education officer for basic program information.All others should visit one of three JEC locations. The main office is in Building 1331. For more information, call (760) 725-6660/6414. South Mesa is in Building 200090, (760) 725-2032 and SOI is in Building 520512, (760) 725-0606.
The JEC can provide information on high school completion and basic skills programs. GED testing is available through the center and can enable you to earn a high school equivalency certificate. Call the education-testing specialist for details and eligibility. The Education Office offers a wide variety of testing opportunities through Defense Activity Non-Traditional Education (DANTES). DANTES tests can help you earn college credit toward a degree. Admissions tests are also available as well as certification tests. Most DANTES tests are free to active and reserve personnel. Other Camp Pendleton personnel may take tests to determine eligibility and receive study guide information. Personnel must make an appointment for either DANTES testing, or proctoring services. The testing specialist may administer tests throughout Camp Pendleton if the unit can provide an adequate classroom and interested students.
Military classification tests are offered through the education center and include, but are not limited to, the Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT), Air Force Career Development Certification Exams, Air War College/Air Command & Staff College, Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT), Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), and General Classification Test (GCT). The military classification-testing specialist assigned to the JEC can provide information on all classification tests.
The Education Office offers the DANTES external degree and independent study programs designed for those students who are unable to attend regularly scheduled classes. Students have the opportunity to enroll in a wide variety of classes offered by accredited colleges nationwide. The education office can assist in selecting courses and completing the necessary application.
Tuition assistance is available to eligible active-duty personnel for approved programs. The Marine Corps will pay 100 percent of the tuition cost. Check with the JEC for information on the current tuition assistance policy. It is highly recommended that all personnel reporting to Camp Pendleton visit the JEC and begin planning their future education and training requirements.
Several fully accredited colleges and universities operate on Camp Pendleton. On-base schools are flexible and will schedule classes if possible to meet your needs. Classes are offered throughout Camp Pendleton at convenient times and places. Units interested in providing off-duty education services to their personnel in their base area may contact the Education Services Officer or college director for information assistance. On-base college programs are Servicemen’s Opportunity College for Marines (SOCMAR) approved, which allows students to complete degrees through Camp Pendleton colleges even if transferred to other bases. Contact the colleges or the Joint Education
Center for SOCMAR information and eligibility. Following are the colleges providing quality services to Camp Pendleton personnel:
College (760) 725-6626
Central Texas College (760) 725-6386
Park University (760) 725-6858
University (760) 725-0485
National University (760) 268-1533/
University (760) 385-0152
Transition Assistance Programs
Transition Assistance Management Program is a mandatory pre-separation four-day class for all service members leaving the Marines and Navy. Please call (760) 725-6324/4199 for more information.
VA Benefits Counseling
VA counselors are available to counsel service members about VA benefits and entitlements. Counselors are located in Building 13150 and can be reached at (760) 385-0416.
Marine & Family Career Center
13 Area Career Resource Center
Mainside Building 13150 (760) 725-4199
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., all services available.
52 Area Career Resources Center
Building 52051 (760) 725-7184
(School of Infantry)
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., all services available.
Career assessments and individual career counseling are available to military spouses and active-duty personnel planning for retirement or separation with more than six month to EAS. Other services include: Resume Assistance, Individual Career Planning and Job Search Assistance.
Child Development Centers
Building 202860 (760) 725-2817
Building 15061 (760) 725-5113
Building 120111 (760) 725-9907
Building 160101 (760) 725-0845
San Luis Rey CDC
Building 17081 (760) 763-6913
San Onofre CDC
Building 51080 (760) 725-7311
Stuart Mesa CDC
Building 310006 (760) 725-9954
School Age Care
School Age Care (SAC) is available for children enrolled in the elementary schools aboard base. These programs meet the accreditation standards of the National After School Alliance (NAA). For more information, please contact:
Resource & Referral (760) 725-9723
SAC Administrative Offices (760) 763-6905
Mary Fay Pendleton SAC
2nd – 6th grade (760) 207-5894
North Terrace SAC
K – 6th grade (760) 721-8979
Santa Margarita SAC
3rd – 6th grade (760) 430-1174
Stuart Mesa SAC
3rd – 6th grade (760) 430-0572
San Luis Rey SAC
K – 1st grade (760) 763-6907
Drop In or Hourly Care
Drop In and Hourly Care is available at Fisher Children’s Center Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Reservations can be made up to one week in advance. Updated immunization cards are required for care. For more information, call Fisher Children’s Center, Monday through Friday at (760) 725-0845.
Behavioral Health –
New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program is an intensive prevention and outreach program that offers in-home visits, parenting education classes, information and referrals for the Marine Corps community to active duty families who are either expecting a child, or have children under the age of 6. The following programs are available:
Home Visiting Service
Baby Boot Camp
For more information, call (760) 725-3884.
Family Child Care Program
The Camp Pendleton Family Child Care Program (FCC) offers an alternative to center-based care. Providers are trained, certified and monitored by the Family Child Care Program. They are qualified to offer child care in their homes aboard the installation. Hours of service and ages of children are established by the FCC Provider. Options for care include full day, part day, hourly, extended day and 24-hour care.
FCC also provides employment opportunities for spouses living aboard the installation. Individuals can be trained and certified to become Family Child Care Providers. The Family Child Care office is located in Building 13150 Room 111 or call (760) 725-7631 for more information.
Family Care – Children,
Youth & Teen Programs (CYTP)
The Youth Centers are affiliated with the Boys & Girls Club of America and offer a variety of planned group and individual activities for children between the ages of 10 to 18 (in school). Programs offered include teen leadership opportunities, field trips, camps during school breaks, dances and the popular annual haunted house.
CYTP has a wealth of information to offer parents:
Locates and selects out-of-home infant, toddler, pre-school and school-age child care services on and off the installations.
Care includes: Full day, part day, hourly and emergency care.
Locates children services, including those with special needs.
Maintains list of qualified full-time, drop-in and evening care providers.
The Resource & Referral Office (Room 121) and CYTP Administrative Offices are located in Building 13150 (on C Street, off of 14th Street on Mainside). Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (760) 725-6308.
DeLuz Youth Center
Building 14519T (760) 725-5608
San Onofre Youth Center
Building 51570 (949) 498-9166
Wire Mountain Youth Center
Building 201017 (760) 725-2102
Stuart Mesa Youth Center
Building 310006 (760) 725-9717
The San Onofre Community Center offers a variety of programs. The center is available for a variety of functions such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, unit functions and retirement parties.
San Onofre Community Center
Building 51919 (760) 725-4310
Hours: Monday through Friday, noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and holidays, open by reservation only.
Personal & Professional
Development – Libraries
The libraries aboard Camp Pendleton offer a variety of resources to enhance professional and personal learning. Books may be checked out for up to 28 days. Computers and free Internet service is available at all branches. There are three libraries aboard Camp Pendleton.
Patrick J. Carney Library
Building 1146 (760) 725-5669
(Mainside behind 1st Mar Div Headquarters)
Hours: Open 7 days a week
San Onofre Library
Building 51093 (760) 725-7325
(Next to the Commissary in 51 Area)
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday.
South Mesa Library
Building 200090 (760) 725-2032
Hours: Open Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday.
Family Readiness – Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB)
Marine Corps Family Team Building is located in Building 1795. MCFTB provides educational resources and services to foster personal growth and enhance the readiness of Marine Corps families.
Marine Corps Family Team Building Programs include:
Readiness & Deployment Support
For more information or to register for a class, please call (760) 725-9052.
The mission of MCFTB is to enhance personal and family readiness for the service members aboard Camp Pendleton and prepare our families to successfully meet the challenges of the military lifestyle ultimately enhancing mission readiness.
Chaplain’s Religious Enrichment Development Operation (CREDO)
CREDO is a premier, preventive, transformational program that builds supportive relationships. In a caring community, participants learn how to relate to themselves, others and God. The many programs offered include the Marriage Enrichment Retreat, the Personal Growth Retreat, Spiritual Growth, Character First, Unit Team Building, Warrior Transition and Care-for-Caregiver. For more information, call (760) 725-4954.
Lifestyles, Insights, Networking, Knowledge and Skills (L.I.N.K.S.)
L.I.N.K.S. provides information to all Marines and family members on the resources available and methods for meeting challenges of the military lifestyle. Sessions are available for Marines, spouses, children/teens and parents/extended family members Marines.
Readiness & Deployment Support
Camp Pendleton Readiness & Deployment Support Training offers assistance to units by connecting unit Family Readiness Officers (FROs) and commands, assisting with family readiness issues, and delivering pre-, during and post-deployment presentations.
Family Readiness Program Training
Offers services to assist commands in developing effective readiness programs while helping unit families become self-sufficient. Family Readiness Program Trainers offer training for Command Teams, Family Readiness Officers, Family Readiness Advisors and Family Readiness Assistants on their roles and responsibilities in the Unit Family Readiness Program.
Lifeskills Training and Education
LifeSkills Training and Education offers various workshops in area such as: parenting, financial management, stress and anger management and understanding personality differences. For more information on these workshops, call (760) 763-7890
Family Member Program
An exceptional family member is one with a physical, emotional, developmental or learning disability requiring specialty medical care or special education services. The program is a planning tool used to monitor assignments for service members with an exceptional family member to preclude sending a service member and/or families on orders to a duty station where adequate treatment and care is not available for the family members. Call for an appointment to meet with EFMP coordinator.
EFMP Mainside Office
Building 13150 (760) 725-5363
EFMP SOI/San Onofre Office
Building 520512 (760) 763-0868
PFMP offers proactive financial assistance through one on one training group classes and unit training in Building 13150. For more information, call (760) 725-6098.
Our relocation specialists tap a variety of resources to assist service members and families with location or transition. Call (760) 725-3802/5704 or visit Building 13150.