- Welcome to CYS
Child and Youth Services (CYS) provides programs and services for children of eligible military and civilian families. Within CYS you will find something to meet your children’s needs, including:
- Full, part time or hourly child care
- Before/after school care
- Programs for your middle school and teen youth
- Instructional classes
- Workforce preparation opportunities
- Sports and fitness activities
Today’s CYS programs, deemed a "model for the nation" by Presidential acclaim, continue to operate on these cornerstones:
- Quality – Child care is DoD-certified and nationally accredited
- Availability – Child care is available on- and off-post
- Affordability – Fees for various programs are competitively priced and affordable regardless of sponsor's income
- Accountability - To safeguard the Army's resources by efficient management oversight, good fiscal stewardship, reducing waste and protecting assets of programs and services to Soldiers and their Families.
The Army FCC Program is a child care option offered in homes both on and off post by authorized Military Family members and qualified civilians working as independent contractors.Family Child Care has unique qualities that make it the preferred choice for families. FCC Homes provide flexible hours and comfortable family settings. Most offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care. Special services may include 24-hour and long-term care during mobilization and training exercises, evening and weekend care, care for newborns, children with special needs, and those that are mildly ill.The FCC Program, as an integral part of the larger Army CYS system, is responsible for significant number of all available child care spaces.FCC homes provide a homelike atmosphere and provide opportunities for siblings to be in care together.The same regulations and safety guidelines enforced in CYS Services childcare centers apply to FCC homes. All providers have regular safety, fire and regulation compliance inspections, and once a month, a FCC staff member conducts a visit to each FCC home, ensuring a high-quality, safe and developmentally appropriate atmosphere for the children. Providers and family members 12 years of age and over are vetted through a stringent background investigation to include FBI and National Agency checks (CNACI).Family Child Care also offers a 15% cost savings for patrons over Child Development and School Age Center fees.
Army Policy requires that if you provide care on a regular basis for more than 10 hours per week, you must be registered as an FCC Provider. Providing unauthorized care places you at risk of losing your housing privileges.Not all care is immediately available. To access our waitlist and request care, please go to www.militarychildcare.com.
Careers in Family Child Care- becoming a provider.Family Child Care (FCC) is looking for new providers to become a part of our team. FCC allows you to earn an income while staying at home with your own children. Providers are contractors, so they own their own business. Becoming part of the FCC system leads to a long-lasting career and continuing opportunities for professional growth.You’re helped to become successful through ongoing training opportunities. You have access to toys, equipment, and safety items from the FCC Toy Lending Resource Library. You’re mentored by Staff members and other Providers. And you receive monetary subsidies linked to the type of care you offer. Providers make an average of $30,000 a year or more.
If you are interested in becoming a Provider or just learning more about the program, please contact your local FCC office.
- Child Development Center (CDC): 6 weeks - 5 years (Kindergarten)
Full Day Care
Ages 6 weeks-Kindergarten*
CDCs are on-post child care centers that may offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for children in nationally accredited environments. Check with your local community about additional childcare options.
Full Day 5 to 12 hours per day - services offered to children ages 6 weeks – 5 years old Pre-Kindergarten/Strong Beginnings
Strong Beginnings is a 3 hour/day program 5 days/week that provides school readiness skills for children turning 4 by 1 September
* In some communities, Kindergarten children may be located in the School Age Center
- School Age Centers (SAC): Grades K-5/6*
Army School Age Centers provide care during:
- School closures
- Seasonal and holiday school breaks
- Summer Camp
- Hourly Care
Children have access to computer labs and utilize standard curricula through formal partnerships with nationally-recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).
* Depending on school configuration. Some states have children 12 years old in sixth grade.
- Family Child Care: 4 weeks - Grades 5/6*
Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood Centers (ACCYN) Providers:
- Personnel have required background checks
- Centers have national accreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Receive training and support
- Are regularly visited by CYS Community Based Program Manager
- Babysitter Referral Services
Looking for a Teen Babysitter? Looking to be a Teen Babysitter? CYSS offers training following the 4-H babysitter curriculum in becoming a certified Teen Babysitter. Teen military family members in grades 7 and up looking to expand and market themselves for babysitting jobs can be placed on the babysitter's referral list with parent permission.
Military parents needing babysitters must complete a request form located at Parent Central Services. Once parents complete the required form, they will receive a list of babysitter information based on specified requirements (location, availability, etc). After receiving a list of babysitters, parents can make arrangements directly with the babysitter. All arrangements and fees for care are between the parent and babysitter.
CYS offers Babysitting Referral Services for registered families. Babysitters on the referral list are 13 years or older, have certification in First Aid and CPR, and are trained in:
- Developmentally appropriate play
- Recognition of child abuse/neglect
- Emergency procedures and interviewing
Stop by Parent Central Services to find out more information.
- Waiting List
It is sometimes necessary for families to be placed on a waiting list for child care if care is not readily available. The waiting period may be different for each program and age group. You may place your child(ren) on the waiting list by visiting Parent Central Services.
- Youth Services
Summer Day Camp
Summer Day Camp is a 10-week program that operates in the summer months for participants who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Activities include, but are not limited to, swimming, bowling, skating, field trips, crafts, 4-H activities and computers. The hours of operation for this program are 5:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays and/or any period of installation shutdown or, early dismissal approved by the Garrison Commander.
Middle School Summer Camp
Middle School Summer Camp is a 10-week program that operates in the summer months for participants in grades 6-7th. Activities include, but are not limited to, swimming, bowling, skating, field trips, crafts, 4-H activities, and computers. The hours of operation for this program are 5:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays and/or any period of installation shutdown or early dismissal approved by the Garrison Commander.
Child/Adult Food Program
In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture Policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free +1 (866)632-9992 (voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at +1 (800)877-8339; or +1 (800)845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The Junior Volunteer (JV) Program is for participants 8th grade and older. These participants assist the paid staff with program implementation. During the summer months, JV’s have the opportunity to assist staff for two weeks in the Summer Day Camp Program. They also have the opportunity to participate during the school year during various School-Out Programs. JV’s must complete all required paperwork and orientation training before they may begin working with the staff and participants. If the JV is using his or her hours as a volunteer with any of our programs to complete requirements for high school or a service club, please have them present the paperwork to the Director before they begin their volunteer work.
Opportunities for volunteer activities to interested parents will either be posted at the swipe in/out computers or sent out via email. Opportunities will be offered to parents on an as-needed basis. Examples of volunteer activities for which certificates may be offered might include, but are not limited to: field trip assistance, assembling toys/equipment, or providing assistance with a particular service project within the classroom such as painting or helping conduct an activity. Those projects or activities in which a discount certificate would be offered will be communicated in advance, whenever possible, by the Program Directors or Assistant Directors. CYPA staff and FCC Providers who ask (on an individual basis) to become parental volunteers are encouraged to do so, but it will be with the understanding that discount certificates will not be offered unless from a Program Director or an Assistant Director.
Discount certificates may vary in amount and will generally be in the $5 to – $25 range and will not exceed $50 for any one activity. Certificates will be signed by the Program Director or the Assistant Director and are redeemable for a period of up to three months.
Parents may earn and use more than one certificate during a month as long as it doesn’t exceed the amount owed to the program.
Certificates may be redeemed at any CYSS program for the amount on the certificate. Certificates may not be redeemed for late fees, or be more than the established monthly charge.
Parent Central Services - Central Info
|Monday||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Tuesday||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Wednesday||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Thursday||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
|Friday||7 a.m. - 4 p.m.|
Covenant Cottage Home-Based Care
|Monday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Tuesday||6 a.m. - 8 p.m.|
|Wednesday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Thursday||6 a.m. - 8 p.m.|
|Friday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Saturday||8 a.m. - 12 p.m.|
Family Child Care
|Monday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Tuesday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Thursday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Friday||7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
3 Child Development Centers on RIA
|Monday||6 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.|
|Tuesday||6 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.|
|Wednesday||6 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.|
|Thursday||6 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.|
|Friday||6 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.|
|Bldg. 11 Front Desk||+1 (309)782-0153|
|Bldg. 11 Site Lead||+1 (309)782-2935|
|Bldg. 15 Front Desk||+1 (309)782-0148|
|Bldg. 15 Assistant Director||+1 (309)782-0483|
|Bldg. 15 Director||+1 (309)782-2822|
|Bldg. 16 Front Desk||+1 (309)782-2816|
|Bldg. 16 Assistant Director||+1 (309)782-2934|
School Age Center
|Monday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Tuesday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Wednesday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Thursday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Friday||6 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Front Desk||+1 (309)782-5019|
|Center Assistant Director||+1 (309)782-1651|
|Center Director||+1 (309)782-7544|