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CYS Offices

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Whether you and your family are stationed at the Aberdeen Area (AA) or at the Edgewood Area (EA), we offer your child and the children of DoD civilian sponsors, retirees or contractors a comprehensive set of programs to assist you with your child care needs.
We are pleased that you and your child will be participating in our programs. We welcome your comments and suggestions and solicit your cooperation and support.

To add your children to the CYS waiting list, please visit: www.MilitaryChildCare.com

CYS Parent Handbook


PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN CYS & HOMESCHOOL CHILDREN

The Child and Youth Services (CYS) at Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) is currently trying to establish a partnership with authorized users who homeschool their children in the Aberdeen and Edgewood areas. CYS is willing to open our facilities during specific days and times during the week so that children who are homeschooled can have access to our classrooms, computer lab and gym on a scheduled basis. Sponsors of registered homeschooled children and youth are responsible to provide student instructions and supervision during the entire period of use. CYS facilities will generally be available when CYS children and youth are in school and CYS staff is available to provide facility access. Facilities will not be available on school holidays, evenings, weekends, or Federal Holidays. All homeschool users must be registered with the CYS Parent Central Office.

For additional questions or to register, please contact the CYS Parent Central Registration 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:

      

Babysitter Referral Services

Looking for a Teen Babysitter? Looking to be a Teen Babysitter? CYS 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.