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Edition: Tue, June 26, 2007
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Child and Youth Services

What is it? Army Child Care and Youth Services (CYS) continues to be mission essential for our Soldiers and Families - active and reserve components - to reduce the conflict between parental responsibilities of the Soldier and unit mission requirements. Several factors contribute significantly to the necessity of child care and youth supervision for our Families:

- Military Families are generally younger than the average American Family and separated from their own extended Families and neighborhoods.
- Because our Families are younger; we have a higher concentration of infants and toddlers.
- Soldiers duties require child care and youth supervision options 10 to 14 hours a day including mornings, evenings, and weekends.
- Remote duty stations and overseas post often lack care options.
- Temporary geographical single parents are created when one spouse deploys.

What has the Army done? The Army provides quality, available, affordable, and predictable child and youth programs that allow Soldiers to focus on their mission knowing that their children are thriving in our child care programs. Army Child and Youth Programs are an immeasurable force multiplier.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? Army On-Post Child Development Centers that offer facility-based child care for children six weeks through kindergarten in full-day, part-day and hourly care programs. Special needs care is also available. School Age Services offer facility-based care for children ages six through 10, middle school and teen supervision programs for youth ages 11 through 18. Family Child Care Homes continue to be a viable option for Families on and off the installation, as are programs such as Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood and Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood.

Why is this important to the Army? Army CYS is increasing contracted services in off-post programs for Soldiers to better support the expeditionary Army living near or outside of the garrison area and for those Soldiers who reside away from Army installations - geographically isolated/dispersed Soldiers. Deployment Support Child Care Services on Army installations are provided under the auspices of Army Child and Youth Services to address the care and supervision needs of eligible children (ages: birth - 12 years) and Families impacted by the Global War on Terror. Services include: extended care hours to support longer work days for those affected by the high operating tempo, respite care for the "suddenly single" custodial parent, reduced child care fees for deployed Soldiers, hourly care during reunion and reintegration period, and on-site group child care during Family Readiness Group meetings.

For more information: www.naccrra.org

- This topic was taken directly from the 2007 Army Posture Statement.

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- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.

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