During a recent Department of Defense (DOD) inspection, Fort McCoy's Child and Youth Services (CYS) received a perfect score, validating the excellent work of its staff members in caring for the youngest members of the Fort McCoy community.The Department of Defense requires that all military child and youth programs receive four unannounced inspections each year in order to obtain and keep DOD certification. Due to COVID-19 social distancing and travel restrictions, the Army Higher Headquarters Inspection (AHHI) was conducted virtually.The AHHI validates the other three garrison-level inspections (covering health and sanitation, fire and safety, and curriculum); validates any corrections prompted by the previous year's findings in inspections; and supports Installation Management Command's recommendations of DOD certification. Special attention is given to fire-evacuation documentation, child abuse, background checks, special needs programs, rescue medications, and sanitation.Fort McCoy's Child and Youth Services received a 100 percent rating for the 2020 AHHI inspection, which was conducted Oct. 20-23."I am very proud of our CYS team for maintaining excellence in the program during these extremely challenging times," CYS Coordinator Anne Young said. "The program staff and management earned a perfect score because of their dedication and resiliency in overcoming each unique situation."Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social-distancing restrictions, CYS programs are operating at a reduced capacity. Staff members at the School-Age Center are also providing full-day care if local schools are being conducted virtually in addition to the usual afterschool program."The quality of our program and commitment to providing the best child care for our patrons has always been our focus," Young said.Meeting the requirements to provide care during the pandemic is an additional challenge, but one the CYS staff members have risen to in order to let Fort McCoy parents continue working, she said.For more information about CYS programs, visit https://mccoy.armymwr.com/categories/cys-services.