Lois Davis knows her professional priorities.
As the new director of Child Development Center 1, Davis is committed to children and her staff.
“I want to make this the best center it can be,” said Davis, who started Jan. 4. “Children are always foremost in my mind. I want to do everything I can to ensure that morale is good and employees are doing what they are supposed to do.”
Prior to coming to Fort Meade, Davis was a curriculum trainer in the Child and Youth Services program at the Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Md., from 2016 to 2017.
Before that, Davis was director of the CDC at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va., from 2014 to 2016.
A native of Rockland County, N.Y., Davis is a military spouse. Her husband, retired Petty Officer 1st Class Glenn Davis, served as a Navy aviation electrician for 21 years. He is currently a contractor for DynCorp at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County.
CDC 1 currently enrolls about 246 children, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, and is operating at 98 percent capacity. The facility provides full-time day care and is staffed by about 60 people.
The recent inclement weather is a reminder to parents that Fort Meade’s CDCs are staffed by essential personnel. Openings and closings are determined by Garrison Commander Col. Tom Rickard.
The CDCs are open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Davis began working with children as a substitute elementary school teacher after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in elementary school education from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y.
She met her husband in 1982 and married a year later. The couple then moved to Florida.
In 1991, while Davis’ husband was stationed at the Naval Station in Rota, Spain, she began working as a lead program assistant at the base’s CDC. Two years later, Davis was director of the CDC at the Naval Air Facility in Atsugi, Japan until 1997.
Over the next 12 years, Davis held various positions at CDCs in Virginia: Naval Air Station Oceania in Virginia Beach; Naval Station Norfolk; and the Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek.
In 2009, Davis served for four years as the director of the CDC and Youth Center at Northwest Annex Naval Support Activity in Chesapeake, Va.
After the Northwest Annex, Davis was a curriculum trainer for the Child and Youth Services Program at Andrews Air Force Base until 2014, then worked at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va.
Davis, who resides in Waldorf, has two adult sons. She said she always aspired to be a school teacher.
“I worked as a babysitter growing up and there were teachers that I wanted to emulate,” she said. “It was something I always wanted to do.”
Davis said she is committed to children and their well-being because “sometimes they are forgotten.”
Davis said she is happy to be at Fort Meade, where she is learning Army regulations for operating the CDC and managing the staff.
“I look forward to working with the community,” Davis said. “I have an open-door policy and I want parents to feel free to see me if they have any concerns.
“The children come first.”