CDCs work to rebuild their staff
August 21, 2013
GRAFENWOEHR, Germany -- Two of the five rooms at the Grafenwoehr Child Development Center were dark and quiet, Aug. 19, but it wasn't nap time.
The rooms were empty because there weren't enough qualified employees to man them.
A new, more rigorous background investigation process and a recent exodus of employees during the PCS season have caused staff shortages at the Grafenwoehr and Netzaberg CDCs.
As a result of these changes, part-day programs, including Strong Beginnings, at Grafenwoehr and Netzaberg CDCs will start later this year on Oct. 7; they were originally scheduled to start Sept. 9.
Rose Barracks CDC, which did not lose as many employees this summer, will still begin part-day programs Sept. 9.
Anita Payne-Landgraf, chief, Child, Youth and School Services, said parents from the Grafenwoehr and Netzaberg communities may bring their children to the part-day program at Rose Barracks, but cautioned that slots are filling up fast.
Hourly care is still available at all child development centers, and parents can sign up via the Webtrac link at the top of the page.
The more thorough background investigation process has also caused a delay in CYSS fall sports programs. CYSS is looking for volunteer coaches for several fall sports.
"We're in a short-term predicament and will resolve it as soon as we can," said Payne-Landgraf. "We all want to make sure our children are safe. The new guidelines ensure that people who provide care for our youngest members of our community have been thoroughly vetted."