Spangdahlem opens new CDC

Leadership of the 52nd Fighter Wing and community members perform a ribbon cutting ceremony during the official opening of the new child development center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. The new facility can support more than 200 children ages 1-5 and includes a lobby, playground, kitchen and 11 classrooms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

Leadership of the 52nd Fighter Wing and community members perform a ribbon cutting ceremony during the official opening of the new child development center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. The new facility can support more than 200 children ages 1-5 and includes a lobby, playground, kitchen and 11 classrooms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, speaks to 52nd FW leadership and key community members during the official opening of the new child development center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. More than 40 people were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, speaks to 52nd FW leadership and key community members during the official opening of the new child development center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. More than 40 people were in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new facility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, speaks during the official opening of the new child development center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. McFall said the new facility is an important addition to the base and enhances quality of life for Saber families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, speaks during the official opening of the new child development center at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. McFall said the new facility is an important addition to the base and enhances quality of life for Saber families. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

The sign for the new child development center stands outside the facility during its official opening at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. The $12.7 million building took nearly two years to construct. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

The sign for the new child development center stands outside the facility during its official opening at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015. The $12.7 million building took nearly two years to construct. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luke Kitterman/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- Leadership of the 52nd Fighter Wing and Spangdahlem community members announced the official opening of the new child development center during a ribbon cutting ceremony at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, May 11, 2015.

More than 40 people were in attendance for the opening of the $12.7 million facility which began construction in June 2012.

"I remember walking through just the shell of this building a couple years back and thinking 'wow, this is going to be something great,'" said U.S. Air Force Col. Joe McFall, 52nd FW commander. "Seeing it now, completely done, is amazing. The increase in capacity enhances quality of life for Saber families which in return helps our Airmen complete the mission."

The new CDC can support nearly 250 children, a 62 percent increase from the previous facility, and includes a lobby, playground, kitchen and 11 classrooms. The additional space and features will not only benefit the children but aid the CDC staff as well.

"The new building has a tremendous impact on the morale and conditions of work for my staff," said Teresa Davies, 52nd Force Support Squadron child development director. "The new CDC has an abundance of natural light and modern features which are essential to the growth, development and above all, safety of the children on this installation."

The center will provide care to children ages 1-5.