FORT JACKSON

Child, Youth and School Services

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Ft Jackson_2019 Community Services Child, Youth and School Services

Child and Youth Services provides the Fort Jackson community with quality child development options and youth programs, which can reduce the conflict between parenting responsibilities and mission requirements, enhance the development of children and youth, and engage them in constructive activities during their discretionary time.

CYS Parent Central, in Room AO1 of the Mann Community Center, Building 3392 on the corner of Magruder Avenue and Gregg Street, provides one-stop service for families interested in registering their children for child care and youth services. Vacancy information and waiting lists are maintained there, as well as information for all available programs. The office also offers baby-sitting training and referral and installation-to-installation referral. For information on any CYS program, call 803-751-4865/4824.

CHILD DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

Fort Jackson has two child development centers for children, infant through age 5; two shared centers for children, infant through fifth grade; two off-post Family Child Care homes; and a 24/7 center to meet the needs for child care on Fort Jackson. These programs serve the needs of Soldiers and civilian employees by providing quality, dependable child care. Curriculum for all child development center programs regardless of setting is child-oriented with an emphasis on creative, age-appropriate activities, which encourage children to acquire knowledge about themselves and their environment. Fort Jackson’s early childhood programs use the Creative Curriculum.

SCALES AVENUE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

4581 Scales Ave. 803-751-6221/6230

The Scales Avenue Child Development Center is certified to operate by the Department of Defense. Hours are 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fees for care are based on total family income.

The Scales Avenue CDC provides the following types of care:

• Full-day care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age.
• Strong Beginnings 4-year-old pre-K program, part-day or full-day care.
• Hourly care for individuals needing care before or after the operating hours of the Hood Street Child Development Center.

HOOD STREET CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

4585 Hood St. 803-751-1970/1972

The Hood Street Child Development Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and certified to operate by the Department of Defense. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 to 11 p.m. the first and third Friday of the month. Special openings are available upon request for unit and organization functions.

Fees for hourly care are a flat rate of $4 per hour per child. Fees for part-day care are based on total family income.

The Hood Street CDC provides:

• Hourly child care for individuals needing less than 25 hours of care per week on a reservation basis. Walk-ins are accepted if space and staff are available.
• Transportation or escort services to and from on-post schools for midday and end-of-day times but not for morning drop-off.
• Part-day care (no more than 25 hours per week) for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age.

IMBODEN STREET CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

5979 Imboden St. 803-562-5901/562-5902

The Imboden Street Child Development Center is a shared center with early childhood and school-age spaces. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council on Accreditation for School Age Services. Regular hours are 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Fees for hourly care are a flat rate of $4 per hour. Fees for extended hours full-day care are based on total family income.

Imboden Street CDC provides the following types of care:

• Extended hours full-day care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years old.
• Extended hours Strong Beginnings 4-year-old pre-K program.
• Extended hours before- and after-school program.
• Transportation to and from Fort Jackson schools and select Richland One and Richland Two schools.
• Regularly scheduled after-school activities, including computer lab, homework center, arts and crafts, games room, USDA-approved snack, and sports and fitness.
• Full-day services on school out days (teacher’s workday, conferences, etc.).
• Winter, spring and summer camps with extended hours (grades K-5).
• Weekly 4-H clubs and Boys & Girls Clubs of America participation.
• Hourly care for early morning and evenings on a space-available basis.

LEE ROAD CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

4680 Lee Road 803-751-5853

Hours: Seven days a week and overnight on a reservation basis.

The Lee Road Child Development Center is a 20-capacity facility for children of all ages designed to provide around-the-clock care. It is certified to operate by the Department of Defense.

Fees for hourly care are a flat rate of $4 per hour. Fees for shift care are based on total family income. Overnight and weekend care are provided at no cost for active-duty Soldiers and National Guard and reserve personnel with appropriate documentation of mission requirements or Battle Training Assembly, respectively.

Lee Road CDC provides the following types of care:

• Full-day care for children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age whose parents work rotating shifts, second shift or third shift or extended hours for mission.
• Overnight and weekend care in support of mission requirements for active-duty Soldiers assigned to Fort Jackson.
• Saturday and Sunday care for National Guard and reserve personnel during Battle Training Assembly.
• Hourly care for individuals needing care on a space-available basis if care is not available in other CYS Services facilities.

FAMILY CHILD CARE

3392 Magruder Ave. 803-751-6234

Family Child Care homes offer care for children 4 weeks to 12 years old by trained and certified Family Child Care providers on post in government quarters or off post in residential areas. FCC providers, their spouses and children older than 12 must pass required background checks and participate in a family interview. FCC homes, once certified, are monitored and inspected regularly. The FCC program offers self-employment for military spouses, enabling them to add to the family’s income while staying at home with their own children. The FCC program is certified to operate by Department of Defense.

FCC homes are certified to operate by the garrison commander. FCC homes offer:

• Home environments.
• Small-group settings.
• All types of care: full-day, part-day, before- and after-school, hourly, extended hours and long-term care.

Fees for Family Child Care are set by the Department of Defense and are on a sliding scale based on income. Patrons using Family Child Care will receive a 10 percent discount on Fort Jackson post child care rates. The FCC Subsidy Assistance Program helps keep fees in FCC homes below those in the on-post child development centers.

SCHOOL-AGE SERVICES

This program bridges the gap between Child Development Services and Youth Services and provides quality programs for youth in kindergarten through fifth grades. The School Age Services Program operates from two shared centers and one dedicated school-age center. School Age Services Programs are certified by the Department of Defense, accredited by the Council on Accreditation and affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.

Occasional users receive five hours free a month for the afternoon program and weekend hours as part of CYS Services registration; additional hours are available at an hourly, part-day or full-day rate.

HOOD STREET SCHOOL AGE CENTER

5614 Hood St. 803-751-9802/9806

The Hood Street School Age Center is a center that provides care to school-age children in grades K-5. It is certified to operate by the Department of Defense and accredited by the Council on Accreditation. Normal operating hours are 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during full days. On school days, the before-school program operates 5 to 8:30 a.m. and the afternoon program operates 2 to 6:30 p.m. Fees for before- and after-school care and summer camps are based on total family income.

Hood Street School Age Center provides the following types of care:

• Before- and after-school care for children attending select Richland School District Two schools in grades K-5.
• Transportation and escort services for select Richland District Two schools.
• Regularly scheduled after-school activities, including computer lab, homework center, arts and crafts, games room, USDA-approved snack, and sports and fitness.
• 4-H clubs, offered weekly.
• Full-day summer camp for children completing grades K-5.

IMBODEN STREET SCHOOL AGE CENTER

5978 Imboden St. 803-562-2022/2029

The Imboden Street School Age Center is a shared center with early childhood and school-age spaces. It is certified to operate by the Department of Defense, the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Council on Accreditation. Normal operating hours for the school-age section of the facility are 5 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during full days. On school days, the before-school program operates 5 to 8:30 a.m. and the afternoon school program operates 2 to 6:30 p.m. The facility is open for school-age open recreation on the first and third Friday evening each month from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Fees for before- and after-school care and summer camps are based on total family income. All registered users receive four free hours monthly. For before- and after-school care and summer camps, these four hours were considered when setting the fees. There are also 10 additional hours allowed for attendance at 4-H club meetings or events.

Imboden Street School Age Center provides the following types of care:

• Before- and after-school care for children attending the on-post schools (Pierce Terrace and C.C. Pinckney) in kindergarten through fifth grades.
• Before- and after-school care for children attending select Richland School District One schools in kindergarten through fifth grades.
• Transportation and escort services for on-post and select Richland District One schools.
• Regularly scheduled after-school activities, including computer lab, homework center, arts and crafts, games room, USDA-approved snack, and sports and fitness.
• 4-H clubs, offered weekly.
• Full-day summer camp for children completing grades K-5.
• Hourly care and occasional use.
• Monthly calendar of activities, available for occasional users.

YOUTH SERVICES

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND TEEN PROGRAM

5975 Chestnut Road 803-751-6387/1136

The Middle School and Teen Program operates from the youth center. As a Boys & Girls Club affiliate and 4-H partner, the Middle School and Teen Program offers age-appropriate activities for youth in sixth through 12th grade. The Middle School and Teen Program is certified to operate by the Department of Defense. Hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 2 to 10 p.m. Friday, 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Supervised activities in four service areas include sports, fitness and health; arts, recreation and leisure; life skills, citizenship and leadership; and academic support, mentoring and intervention.

Programs and services offered include:

• Monthly calendar of events for open recreation developed jointly by staff and youth.
• No-cost after-school program for middle school youth.
• Leadership clubs (Torch and Keystone).
• 4-H clubs, which meet weekly.
• Workforce Preparation Program — teens 14 and older may apply for recreation aid positions at the youth center through USAJOBS.
• Dances, lock-ins and block parties.
• Community service opportunities.
• Youth of the Month and Youth of the Year Program.
• Homework and tutoring assistance.
• Technology instruction.
• Game rooms and sports tournaments.
• After-school snacks.

YOUTH SPORTS

5975 Chestnut Road 803-751-5040/7451

The Youth Sports Program is a great place for youth to learn sportsmanship, practice new skills and make new friends. Emphasis is placed on fun and fundamentals rather than on competition. A variety of team and individual sports are offered throughout the year: flag football, tackle football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball, track and cross-country. In addition, there are a variety of fitness-related special events and activities to encourage youth to become physically fit and develop habits that support a healthy lifestyle.

The Youth Sports Program is certified by the Department of Defense. Program hours vary by season of play and sport. Sports sign ups are handled by CYS Services Parent Central Services. The sports staff can be contacted at 803-751-5040 between 1 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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