With locations on all military installations, Armed Services YMCA offers deployment support programs, its award-winning after-school program Operation Hero, emergency financial assistance, Food for Families, Operation Kid Comfort and special events like father-daughter dances and summer camps. Please contact the branch nearest you for more information regarding these programs designed to help alleviate the stress associated with military life.
Family and MWR Hawaii is a valuable resource guide to family services for the soldiers, family members, retirees and DOD civilians stationed with the Army in Hawaii.
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Army Community Service
ACS is an Army-wide activity designed to assist personnel and family members with relocation and other quality-of-life concerns. A full-time professional staff and volunteer corps provide information, referrals, guidance and resources. The ACS Fort Shafter Outreach Center is in Building 330 on 217 Montgomery Drive.
Programs include family advocacy; employment readiness; the Exceptional Family Member Program; mobilization, deployment and support stability operations; new parent support; relocation readiness; a Soldier and Family Assistance Center; and more.
For assistance or information on any of the following services, call the Fort Shafter ACS at 808-438-4227 or visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/acs-welcome.
Army Family Action Plan: The AFAP is your platform to voice quality-of-life issues and provide feedback, ideas and suggestions. It’s the best way to let Army leadership know about what works, what doesn’t and how you think problems can be resolved.
Army Family Team Building: AFTB is a family resiliency and readiness training program that provides participants with an understanding of Army culture and the skills and resources they need to become self-reliant, self-sufficient members of the military community.
Army Volunteer Program: This program is designed to help you find local volunteering opportunities with organizations that benefit the Army community.
Employment Readiness Program: ERP offers resources to help you with your career plan and job search.
Exceptional Family Member Program: EFMP provides comprehensive support to family members with special needs. EFMP takes an all-inclusive approach to coordinate military and civilian community, educational, medical, housing and personnel services to help soldiers and their families with special needs.
Family Advocacy Program: FAP helps soldiers and their families recognize and prepare for the unique challenges of military lifestyles. Services include seminars, workshops, counseling and intervention to help strengthen the relationships of Army families.
Mobilization, Deployment and Support Stability Operations: This program helps support community readiness during deployments and emergencies.
New Parent Support Program: Services including home visits, support groups and parenting classes.
Relocation Readiness Program: This program has a comprehensive support system, information and resources to help you and your family navigate your next military move.
Soldier and Family Assistance Center: SFAC is a one-stop location built to equip and aid wounded, ill and injured soldiers who are assigned or attached to Warrior Transition Units.
Survivor Outreach Services: SOS offers the families of fallen soldiers access to support, information and services. Services are offered closest to where you live, when you need it and for as long as you need it.
Victim Advocacy Program: VAP provides emergency and follow-up support services to adult victims of domestic abuse.
Blue Star Card Program
The Family and MWR Blue Star Card is a discount and activities program for Army spouses and families of deployed, TDY and unaccompanied PCS soldiers overseas for a period of 90 days or longer. The program is a joint effort of all Family and MWR facilities with the goal of supporting families and thanking them for the sacrifices that they go through as a spouse, son or daughter of a soldier serving overseas. Family and MWR realizes the difficulty of long-term separation and is committed to doing its best to make deployments, long TDYs and unaccompanied PCS scenarios in Hawaii as pleasant of an experience as possible.
The Blue Star Card program is able to provide discounts* at many Family and MWR facilities and extensive child care benefits through CYS Services, as well as special events and activities for families.
Events include monthly countdown parties and bus trips to local attractions. Cardholders are also provided specials at large Family and MWR events, such as meet-and-greets. These events allow for the unique camaraderie and support that is only found with others who truly understand what it means to have a loved one serving overseas.
Any Army spouse or family care plan provider of a deployed, TDY or unaccompanied PCS soldier overseas, for longer than 90 days, is eligible for a Blue Star Card, which can be used for the duration of the soldier’s mission. Cards are issued as early as 30 days prior to the date on orders for combat deployment at ACS on Fort Shafter. Child care benefits carry over for 90 days after soldier’s return.
For more information on the Blue Star Card program, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/blue-star-card, or call 808-655-0111.
*Discounts and activities are subject to change.
Child Care Programs
With locations on all military installations, Armed Services YMCA offers various high-quality, low-cost early learning programs, from Early Learning Readiness to Little Learners’ Playmorning to Parent Participation Preschool. Please contact the branch nearest you for more information regarding these exciting programs for children ages 0 to 5.
Child Development Center: The CDC delivery system offers full-day and part-day care in six facilities at Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation and Aliamanu Military Reservation housing areas. The CDCs are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Child care fees are based on total family income.
The CDCs offer full-time, part-time and hourly child care service options. The CDCs are open 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information on registration requirements, eligibility and waiting lists, visit https://hawaii.armymwr.com/pacific/hawaii/programs/register-parent-central-services.
Family Child Care: This program is a professionally managed network of individuals who provide child care in their government quarters. Military family members who become child care providers receive formal training and must comply with established standards. Certified homes are monitored regularly by FCC, safety, fire safety and health staff.
FCC homes offer flexible hours and a wide range of services for children. This service is convenient for the shift workers and for parents of young children who prefer a home atmosphere for child care.
School Age Center: Provides year-round child care options for school-age children in grades K-5. Options include before- and after-school care, and fall, winter, spring and summer day camps. The school-age programs are nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and have partnerships with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
The SACs are at Schofield Barracks, Helemano Military Reservation, Fort Shafter and Aliamanu Military Reservation. A monthly fee is required to participate. Fees are based on total family income.
The Staff Judge Advocate’s area offices serve all Army personnel and their families assigned to units and organizations in Hawaii. The Schofield Barracks legal assistance and claims offices are in Building 2037 at the corner of Humphreys Road and Aleshire Avenue. Powers of attorney and notary services are available on a walk-in basis; most other services require an appointment. For more information on legal and claims services and hours of operation, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/legal. For legal assistance, call 808-655-8607. For claims assistance, call 808-655-9279.
Religious Support Office
Religious worship, programs, educational opportunities and pastoral care are available at RSO facilities on all principal Army installations in Hawaii.
Families arriving in Hawaii are invited to attend the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist services held weekly. Religious education opportunities are available for children, youth and adults.
For more information or an up-to-date schedule, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/rso.
Youth Centers: The CYSS Youth Centers offer options for youth and teens in grades six through 12 that promote healthy youth development and ease the transition to adulthood with activities in life skills, citizenship, leadership, sports, fitness, academic support, mentoring, arts and recreation. The Fort Shafter Youth Center is in Building 351 at 240 Montgomery Drive. Call 808-438-1487 for information.
The EDGE! program offers out-of-school opportunities for children and youth to excel, develop, grow and experience (EDGE!) by participating in cutting-edge art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities known as Art EDGE!, Fit EDGE!, Life EDGE! and Adventure EDGE! This program is open to firstthrough 12th graders.
The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program: provides 15- to 18-year-old youth with meaningful, professionally managed career exploration opportunities in Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation operations. The HIRED! Apprenticeship Program offers valuable paid work experience and training to better equip each participant with the skills needed for a highly competitive job market.
The SKIES (Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills) Unlimited Program: encompasses instructional programs and classes designed to complement and support the experiences of military children ages 2 to 17. The goal of the program is to ensure predictability and consistency in the availability, affordability and quality of instructional classes offered. The programs are designed for students to expand their knowledge, be inspired, explore and acquire skills. SKIES Unlimited offers programs in theater, music, dance and martial arts. More information is available at 808-655-9818.
Youth Sports and Fitness Programs: offers health, nutrition, fitness, life skills (outreach) and sports activities to children ages 5 to 17.
The Youth Sports & Fitness programs encompass age-appropriate, safe and supervised activities including basketball, flag football, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, softball, wrestling, track and field, field trips and events, such as PT in the park and gym.
Mini sports (ages 3 to 5) include basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball.
For more information, contact the youth sports center at Fort Shafter at 808-836-1923.