WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Parents needing before- and after-school child care in Army Hawaii can enroll their children at Child, Youth and School Services' school age centers.

Sliding scale fees are based on total family income up to $125,001.

Before- and after-school care ranges from $114-$366 per month, and a 15-percent multiple-child discount is available for second and subsequent children.

For children enrolled in both before- and after-school care or just after-school care, full-day care is included at no additional cost for days when school is not in session, such as teacher workdays and school intercessions.

CYSS offers operational hours to fit every parent's need for care, opening as early as 5:30 a.m. and staying open until 6 p.m.

CYSS programs also provide U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved breakfasts and snacks for before- and after-school care. Lunch is provided during full-day programs, too.

A key benefit of CYSS' before- and after-school programs is the homework labs. CYSS programs are accredited by the National After School Association, and while homework labs are not designed to replace parental involvement, instructors can assist with homework in the afternoons.

Further, children have access to tech labs, which feature computers with the latest software for school projects and research. Qualified instructors staff and monitor the labs.

CYSS before- and after-school programs partner with 4-H and the Boys and Girls Club for activities that are structured to be fun, yet educational, including field trips during intercession weeks.

School Age Centers

School age centers, part of Child, Youth and School Services, are located at Aliamanu and Helemano military reservations, Fort Shafter and Schofield
Barracks. The Fort Shafter program will move into a new facility in April 2011.

For more information on openings in before- and after-school programs, contact Parent Central Services at AMR at (808) 833-5393, Fort Shafter at (808) 438-1963 or Schofield Barracks at (808) 655-5314.