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Welcome to Fort Belvoir Child, Youth & School Services (CYSS). We are happy that you have chosen our programs to assist you with your child care needs. We hope that together we can provide the nurturing, positive environment your child needs and deserves. Our goal is to assist each child by promoting his/her intellectual growth, physical ability, and social skills. We have the responsibility to provide a safe, healthy environment, enriching activities, and warm, loving care for every child enrolled in our programs.
We will strive to create a setting that enhances a child's self-concept and promotes a positive self-image. Under the regulatory guidance of AR 608-10, CYSS programs are offered as a supplement to the family, not as a substitute. We therefore seek your involvement and welcome your comments and questions. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care. We are sincere in our commitment to offer a high quality, developmental program for each child.
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Parent Central Services
Parent Central Services Fax
Parent Central Services Email - CLICK HERE
Office Hours - CLICK HERE
Administration Office Fax
Fee Change Policy
Please review the School Year 2013-14 Army Child & Youth Fee Policy, which will be implemented on November 1, 2013 for all Child Development, School Age, Sports Programs and Family Child Care.
Weather Policy 2012
Please review these important Emergency Weather Policy. CYSS joins this command in stressing safety; please keep children home whenever possible to reduce risk during hazardous road conditions
Weather Policy for Parents to Read
Eagle Article concerning CYS Services Weather Policy
CYSS NEWS & EVENTS
SKIESUnlimited - Young Actors Workshops - See attached flyer for additional information on ages, meeting days, and times. Registration is open NOW for ages 2 to15 year olds. All participants must be registered with CYS Services. COST IS FREE!! For additional information, click HERE for a copy of the REVISED flyer, or click HERE to register online.
Youth Sports & Fitness - 2013 Soccer Camp.
Registration opens July 8th; ages 4 to 14. For more information and pricing, click HERE for flyer.
2013 Office of Family Policy Camp Programs
The Office of Family Policy is pleased to once again offer a number of exciting camp opportunities for military youth in 2013. These camps are offered through the DoD's partnership with the USDA and the Land Grant
Universities' Cooperative Extension System. Each year, thousands of military youth between the ages of 6 and 18 participate in a variety of day, residential and adventure camps through this partnership. Through evaluation conducted by Virginia Tech and Purdue Universities, we know that these camps have a positive impact on the attendees. These camp programs focus on resiliency, creating a sense of belonging, and building skills in
communication, self-efficacy, coping and social interaction.
In 2013 camps will be offered in more than 30 states. Each camp is unique in what it offers and the ages of campers involved. Camps associated with the Army's Operation: Military Kids program focus on supporting children and youth who are or have recently experienced the deployment of a parent while the Teen Adventure Camps focus on High Adventure Opportunities for Military Teens.
Additionally, in 2013, 9 states and American Samoa are offering family camps which focus on bringing children closer to their military parents. The anecdotal information we have received from other family camps has shown
these opportunities to have played a key role in families reconnecting following a deployment.
Finally, we are excited that in the winter of 2014, we will be able to offer three camp opportunities for military youth with disabilities. These camps can be found at the Military Teen Adventure Camp Website.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OSD/OMK CAMPS, go to http://www.4-hmilitarypartnerships.org/p.aspx?tabid=205
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MILITARY TEEN ADVENTURE CAMPS (site is being
updated 1 April), go to https://www.extension.purdue.edu/Adventure_camps/campsloc.html
Please disseminate as widely as possible.
If you have any questions about these camps, please do not hesitate to
Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense
Military Community and Family Policy
Office of Family Policy, Children & Youth
4800 Mark Centre Drive, Room 03G15
Alexandria, VA 22350
SKIESUnlimited - Contractors/Instructors needed. Looking for qualified and caring instructors/contractors to provide classes for students ages Preschool thru High School Seniors. If interested, please contact NER NAF Contracting Officer Ms. Patricia Fries at email@example.com. Click HERE for more information and a copy of the ad.
Youth Center Plastic Bottle Greenhouse Project
WE NEED YOUR 2 LITER PLASTIC BOTTLES! The youth center is looking to collect 2000, 2-Liter plastic bottles and with your help we can achieve our goal! Just drop your bottles off at the center any time between 1:00-7:00pm or we can pick them up for you if you live on post. Contact: Ms. Betina 703-805-4515.
Youth Center Plastic Bottle Greenhouse Project Flyer
SKIES Unlimited Classes
Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, & Skills. SKIES Unlimited encompasses instructional programs for children & youth from infancy through the end of their senior year in high school. For more information call the SKIES Unlimited office at (703) 805-9146. To register for classes, please go to the Markham School Age Center, 9500 Barlow Rd or call (703) 805-1908. Find more information and have a look at the monthly schedule on the SKIES Unlimited Webpage Section.
CYSS Outreach Services
CYSS Outreach Services has Activities In Your Neighborhood! We provide arts & crafts activities in the housing community centers to families, free of charge. The crafts usually fall in line with the season or holiday(s) in the month. We provide these Outreach activities to families who may not already use our services, to let them know that we are here, and we have a lot to offer. It also gives families who live in the housing areas a chance to get out and meet their neighbors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please call 703-805-1906 or visit the CYSS Outreach Webpage Section.
Strong Beginnings Pre-Kindergarten
The Army's Pre-Kindergarten program, “Strong Beginnings - Building Foundations for Learning,” focuses on language and reading, mathematics, science, computers, social studies and the arts and helps prepare children for kindergarten. The Pre-K program operates 3 hours per day, Monday - Friday, from 830am-1130am with before and after care as a wrap around service to support the full CDC operating hours of 6am-6pm. Strong Beginnings is also offered as a 2 or 3 day part day program on Fort Belvoir. Please contact Parent Central Services at (703) 805-1908 for more information.
Certified Babysitter’s Training
CYSitters Certified Babysitter’s Training Free Babysitter Certification Training through the Fort Belvoir SKIES program. Teens ages 13-18 will be come certified to provide babysitting services on post. For more information on dates and times please contact T'Erra Proctor at (703) 805-1906
Visit the Parent Central Services Office for a regularly updated hardcopy list of certified Teen babysitters on post.
EDGE! After School Program
Do you have what it takes to be a firefighter? How about learning basic car maintenance? Ever thought about taking a spin at becoming a DJ? Join in the fun and get the after school EDGE! CYSS Services partners with various MWR activities to offer exciting after school activities for middle and high school aged youth at Belvoir (6–12 grades). EDGE! program activities are offered between 3–6 pm with participants meeting at the Youth Center and departing for a fun-filled afternoon right here on Fort Belvoir. Call 703.805.1906 for more information. Find more info and check out the monthly schedule on the EDGE section of the Youth Center Web Page.
The Hired! Apprenticeship Program
An Army CYSS work-study Apprenticeship Program for the youth of our military community who are 15-18 years of age. The program runs for 12 weeks, four times per year with terms occurring during the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. The placement sites exist on Fort Belvoir. Once youth complete the application process they get referred for an interview. Youth agree to work for 15 hours per week for 12 weeks. Youth are paired with a mentor at their worksite and upon successful completion of the Apprenticeship Term, youth receive a cash award. The program also requires youth complete workshops on workforce readiness, post-secondary education exploration and financial management as part of the application process and apprenticeship term. For information, please contact the hired! Program Coordinator at the Fort Belvoir Youth Center at 703-805-4515 or check out the Hired! flyer and current list of workshops on the HIRED section of the Youth Center web page.
CYSS Family Child Care Needs You!!
Do you love children? Considering a career in childcare?
Please visit the FCC webpage for more information or call (703) 805-9134 / 9137 / 9132.
SAC Assistants Needed
The School Ages Center (SAC) at Fort Belvoir has immediate openings for Child and Youth Program Assistants. This is a great opportunity for college students, homemakers, and other adults who love working with children and who want to work just a few hours each day. Flexible hours are available (0600-0900 and/or 1530-1800 hours each day, with additional hours available on school breaks and during the summer). Competitive salaries, training provided, great work environment, advancement opportunities! Must have high school diploma or equivalent! Interested? Qualified? Contact NAF CPO at 703-805-2920 for an application. Or contact SAC at 703-805-9100 for more information.
The Goal of CYSS
CYSS exists to assist each child by promoting his/her intellectual growth, physical ability, and social skills. Under the regulatory guidance of AR 608-10, CYSS programs are offered as a supplement to the family, not as a substitute. Therefore, they seek the family’s involvement and welcome questions and comments. CYSS offers various programs to support children and families with child care, recreation, socialization, and child development for children ages 4 weeks–19 years. The Child Development Centers (CDCs) offer full day and hourly child care programs for ages 6 weeks–5 years old. The School Age Center (SAC) offers a variety of care, to include part day preschool and full day, hourly, and before and after school care for school age children. The Family Child Care (FCC) program offers full day, hourly, before and after school, and extended hours care for ages 6 weeks–12 years old. The Youth Center (YC) program offers an after-school middle school program, open recreation, health, fitness, and social opportunities for 6th grade and up, free of charge.
CYSS on Facebook
Fort Belvoir CYSS now has a Facebook Page!
SKIES UNLIMITED PROGRAM
What is SKIES Unlimited?
The name SKIES Unlimited combines the acronym for “School of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration & Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited learning possibilities for Army children and youth. SKIES Unlimited provides the framework or umbrella for all instructional programming in the CYS System worldwide. SKIES Unlimited encompasses instructional programs for children & youth from infancy through the end of their senior year in high school. Through SKIES Unlimited, children and youth in CDS, SAS, MS&T Programs have equal access to opportunities that expand their knowledge, inspire, and allow them to acquire new skills.
Young people spend as much as 80% of their waking time outside the classroom. When involved in instructional programs during the critical hours of 3 – 8 pm, they are less likely to engage in undesirable behavior. Children and youth participate in instructional programs for a variety of reasons: to explore new skills, to pursue and nurture personal interest, to interact socially with others, to build a resume, to bolster a college application, or to foster a close relationship with caring, knowledgeable adults outside of home.
Instructional programs foster the development of critical life, leadership, and social skills. The latest educational research confirmed that students involvement in afterschool instructional programs is beneficial on all levels. Instructional programs have been shown to promote the intellectual development of children and youth. For more information about SKIES Unlimited, available classes, and registration, please contact the
SKIES Unlimited Director at (703) 805-9146.
Classes are offered according to the limited availability of SKIES Instructors. Please check back often to see what new options SKIES Unlimited has for your child.
SKIES Unlimited Office: (703) 805-9146
Registration: Please go to the Markham School Age Center, 9500 Barlow Rd or call (703) 805-1908.
SKIES Unlimited Flyers
Skies Unlimited Instructors Needed Flyer
SKIES Unlimited Current Classes
Direct link to the SKIES Unlimited Fall Classes for 2013 (FULL SCREEN VIEW) ** UPDATE 6-AUG-/2013**
(This schedule is planned months ahead of time, and therefore remains current long after posting date.)
CYSS Outreach Activities
CYSS Outreach Services has Activities In Your Neighborhood! We provide arts & crafts activities in the housing community centers to families, free of charge. The crafts usually fall in line with the season or holiday(s) in the month. We provide these Outreach activities to families who may not already use our services, to let them know that we are here, and we have a lot to offer. It also gives families who live in the housing areas a chance to get out and meet their neighbors. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information please call (703) 805-1906.
Outreach Activities Schedule
Direct link to the CYSS Outreach Schedule (FULLSCREEN VIEW)
Visit the CYSS Forms section to learn how to Register for Child, Youth & School Services.
* Due to continuous high traffic and demand for services, Parent Central Services is operating by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 703-805-1908 to schedule your appointment or ask any questions. Walk-ins are accommodated if possible but appointments have priority and walk-in wait times can easily exceed 3 hours. Please schedule your appointment today.
CYSS Latest News
For any CYSS announcements, time changes, or other news,
please visit the CYSS News Section.
Make Online Payments
Start new registrations, make payments on your monthly childcare fees, reprint receipts and tax statements, or sign up for advertised SKIES Unlimited classes, Youth Sports or Special Activities. Log onto the Webtrac Payment System.
Current CYSS Newsletter for December 2013 (downloadable pdf version)
For Registration and Other Services
This section contains forms and documents in pdf format. Most computers are naturally able to view these type of files. Although it is possible that your computer may need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the PDF files. Click the links to view the files. To download, Windows users should hold down the right mouse button and select "Save Link As" in Firefox or "Save Target As" in Internet Explorer and then select a place to save the file. Mac users should hold down the Control key (ctrl), and click the mouse button on the desired link until a menu appears. Select "Save Link As" in Firefox or "Download Linked File" in Safari and select a place to save the file.
CYSS General Documents
1. Nut Allergy Awareness ** NEW **
2. Parent Handbook
3. School Orientation Information
4. School Liaison Office
5. Youth Sports Activity Calendar
All of our local forms have been removed for updating. If the form you are looking for is not listed above, check the online forms section on our Webtrac system. See the instructions below on how to access these forms on our online system.
To access online forms on the Webtrac system:
1. Log in to your account or click the button [Sign In As A Guest]
2. On the dropdown menu, locate the "Forms - Link" menu item
Click HERE to go directly to the Webtrac system.
If you need further assistance, please contact our Parent Central Services office at 703-805-1908 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bring the completed registration documents to the Parent Central Services office located at the Markham School Age Center, Bldg. 950, 9500 Barlow Road. Waitlist/Request for Care paperwork may be brought into the PCS office, faxed to (703) 805-9113 or submitted via email at email@example.com
CYSS Office Contacts
CYSS Administrative Offices
Child, Youth, and School Services administrative offices are located at the Markham School Age Center Bldg. 950, 9500 Barlow Road. Telephone numbers are as follows:
CYSS Coordinator - (703) 805-9149
Registration Office - (703) 805-1908
Outreach Services Director - (703) 805-1909
Youth Sports Director - (703) 805-9139
School Liaison Office - (703) 805-9119
Family Child Care Office - (703) 805-9137/9132
Food Service Office - (703) 805-9141
Parent Central Services (Resource and Referral - Central Registration) - (703) 805-9113
Administration Office - (703) 805-9150
Parent participation is highly encouraged in all CYSS programs, and is actually necessary for some activities to be successful. There would not be a Sports program without the dedication of volunteer coaches. Some ways parents participate in child care programs may include eating lunch with their child and participating in various room activities (prior arrangements must be made with your child's teacher). Parent Advisory Boards (PAB's) operate at all the Centers and are open to all parents. Through the PAB, parents provide valuable input to the programs in which their children spend a significant portion of their day. To encourage parent participation, the "Why I'm Needed" (WIN) program allows parents to earn points through volunteering opportunities at the centers, or attending parenting classes through the Family Advocacy Program.
The WIN Program: This is a special program that enables parents to earn up to a 10% discount on their 1st child's monthly child care fees at the CDC or SAC. Parents perform essential tasks for the CDC or SAC and earn a specific number of discount points. Each discount point is worth 1 percent each up to a maximum of 10 discount points which is 10%. These discount points may then be applied towards child care fee. Check with the CDC or SAC front desk staff for more information.
Eligibility to use CYSS programs include active duty military personnel, DoD civilian personnel, reservists on active duty for 72 hours or more, and DoD contractors working on Fort Belvoir. Military retirees are only eligible for our sports programs and our free Middle School and Teens program. Because child care programs are offered for the sponsor to report to work so that the Army can meet its mission, eligibility to use Fort Belvoir child care programs ends upon End Term of Service (ETS) of sponsor, termination of sponsor's DoD employment or DoD contractor's employment on Fort Belvoir. A thirty-day grace period is authorized to find alternate care. All patrons must register with Parent Central Services (Resource and Referral - Central Registration). The Parent Central Services (Resource and Referral - Central Registration) phone numbers are (703) 805-1908.
CPAC NAF Job Listings
Please visit the CPAC Human Resources to view the CPAC NAF job listings.
Fort Belvoir CYSS offers various programs to support children and families with child care, recreation, socialization, and child development for children ages 4 weeks to 19 years. The Child Development Centers (CDC's) offer full day and hourly child care programs for ages 6 week through 5 years old. Our School Age Center (SAC) program offers a variety of care, which includes part day preschool and full day, hourly, and before and after school care for school age children. The Family Child Care (FCC) program offers full day, hourly, before and after school, and extended hours care for ages 4 weeks to 12 years old. The Youth Center (YC) program offers an after school middle school program, open recreation, health and fitness, and social opportunities for 6th grade and up free of charge.
JoAnn Blanks Child Development Center (JBCDC) is located at 5901 Taylor Road, just up the road from the Community Center.
North Post Child Development Center (NPCDC) is located at 5925 Meeres Road, just up the road from the Commissary and PX and across from the elementary school. The NPCDC just received re-accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Programs available include full day care for children 6 weeks through 5 years.
South Post Child Development Center (SPCDC) is located at 5952 12th Street, next to the Chapel and across from the Specker Field House. The center accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Programs available at SPCDC include full day and hourly care for ages 6 weeks through 5 year old. Check out their web page on how to make reservations.
Family Child Care (FCC) offers full day, hourly, before and after, and extended care for ages 4 weeks through 12 years old. FCC trains, certifies and monitors family members who provide child care in government housing. FCC homes provide the same child care programs as in the Child Development Centers (CDC's) and have some additional benefits. Homelike atmospheres, opportunities for siblings to be in care together, and more flexible hours than the CDC's are hall marks of FCC benefits. For more information please visit the Army FCC Website.
The School Age Center (SAC) is located at the Markham Bldg 950, 9500 Barlow Road. The SAC building has a state of the art computer lab, a wonderful library/homework area, awesome activity areas and a fantastic playground. Come check them out! The SAC program is accredited by the National School Age Care Alliance. The program offers a developmental child care program for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade with working parents. The before and after school program follows the Fort Belvoir Elementary School Schedule. Transportation to and from Fort Belvoir Elementary School is provided by Fairfax County Public Schools. The program is not available in the afternoon for unscheduled early school closures, but full day care is available on teacher workdays, winter and spring breaks, and snow days announced before students depart from school. SAC offers a part-day preschool program that operates 2, 3, or 5 days per week from 9:30am to 1:30pm. There is no part-day preschool on school closure days. These program provide fun, stimulating, developmental Kindergarten readiness activities.
Youth Center (YC) is located at 5850 Langfitt Loop. YC sponsors a variety of programs offering youth opportunities in life skills; citizenship and leadership; sports and fitness; leisure, recreation and arts; and academic support. A free Middle School and Teen Program is available after school Mon. - Thurs. from 2:00pm to 7:00pm., Friday from 2:00pm to 9:00pm., and Saturday from 12:00pm to 9:00pm. Activities include participation in power hour, community service activities, the computer lab, arts and crafts, pick-up and organized sports activities, and special interest activities that change each week. A Middle School/Teen Summer Camp is available for students having completed the 6th grade and above. Weekly camp fees are based on family income.
The Youth Sports & Fitness program offers baseball, T-ball, football, cheerleading, wrestling, soccer, basketball, track and field, tennis, and golf. Friendly reminder, all children playing sports must be registered with CYSS and a valid sports physical and birth certificate on file. School physicals which include a statement that the child may participate in sports will be accepted. Sport physicals must be updated annually and be valid for the duration of the sport.
The Parent Central Services office is located at the Markham School Age Center, Bldg. 950, 9500 Barlow Road. It offers a one stop registration program for all CYSS activities including Youth Center, Youth Sports & Fitness, Child Development Centers, the School Age Center and Family Child Care. In addition, the program can assist you in scheduling short-term alternative child care for special events. High demand for full time child care may require a waiting list for some age groups. Co-located with the Registration office is the Resource and Referral Office which maintains the centralized waiting list and ensures efficient and prompt placement in care when vacancies occur. Contact them for information on available spaces at (703) 805-1908.
Print out for the Wait list (Request for Care) paperwork for a full day care position can be downloaded from our CYSS Forms download section. Please submit one for each child. After completing the forms, they can be dropped off at the Resource and Referral Office or faxed to (703) 805-9113 Attn: CYSS Resource and Referral.
Training and Curriculum/Programming Program Fort Belvoir has five (5) Training and Curriculum Specialists (TACS) and one (1) Training and Program Specialist (TAPS) who are responsible for conducting training for all Child, Youth, and School Services (CYSS) direct care and administrative staff. Training topics include child growth and development, child health and nutrition, developmental programming, discipline techniques, parent relations, family style dining, child abuse identification and reporting, and safety. "TACS CHAT" is an opportunity for parents to ask developmental and programming questions on an online bulletin board. Questions can be for a specific TACS for a specific program or about any child growth and development questions you may have. A link to the board is available on the TACS page. Check out the TACS training calendar for a current listing of classes open to parents.
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