By Kevin Jackson, AMCApril 11, 2018
McALESTER ARMY AMMUNITION PLANT, Okla. -- Army Child and Youth Services programs here received high scores from Headquarters, Installation Management Command, for its annual Army Higher Headquarters Inspection conducted March 26-29.
MCAAP received a total score of 98 percent for its CYS programs, with ratings of 100 percent for the Child and Youth Programs, 97 percent for the Child Development Center and 97 percent for the School-Age Center/Youth Center. Last year, MCAAP received a total score of 99.41 percent.
"Our CYS staff was outstanding during the Army Higher Headquarters Inspection and I'm so proud of them," said Betty Compton, CYS coordinator. "Their dynamic work ethic, combined with the positive classroom environment they create for the children and youth, enable us to provide our families and children with nationally accredited programs."
The AHHI team of inspectors apply their knowledge of child and youth program practices and policies to verify compliance with requirements and to ensure policies and procedures for care meet existing regulations.
The team takes a comprehensive look at CYP, CDC and SAC/YC programs using more than 1,000 standards that cover general management, programming and facilities, health, safety and risk management.
The AHHI is one of four unannounced inspections that are made of Army CYS facilities worldwide each calendar year. The others, which are conducted at least two months apart at the garrison-level, are a multi-disciplinary team, which includes Fort Sill, state and two parent representatives, comprehensive fire and safety, and comprehensive health and sanitation inspections.
"I couldn't be more proud of our CYS team," said Col. Joseph D. Blanding, commander, McAlester Army Ammunition Plant. "The outstanding score from the AHHI speaks to the high quality of care that is provided to the children our employees who support our nation's warfighters."
The Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association of the Education of Young Children and it is valid through September 2021.
The School-Age Center/Youth Center is accredited by the Council of Accreditation, which is valid until November 2019. The COA is a national accreditor of after-school programs in the United States and on U.S. military installations worldwide.
McAlester Army Ammunition Plant is one of 17 installations of the Joint Munitions Command and one of 23 organic industrial base facilities under the U.S. Army Materiel Command.