Child and Youth Services (CYS) includes the Child Development Center, Family Child Care, Parent and Outreach Services, School Age Center, Youth Education and School Support Services, Youth Sports and Fitness, the Middle School/Teen Program, Workforce Preparation, and Kids on Site. Children and youth participants must be registered with CYS Parent Central Services. Registration is free; however, additional fees are charged for childcare, sports, events andcamps.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Child Development Center is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offers all the primary child care services for children 6 weeks through pre-kindergarten.
Hourly Care: The CDC hourly care program provides intermittent, short-term care for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Telephone: (502) 624-6708.
Full-day Care: This program provides developmental care for children 6 weeks to pre-kindergarten. Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Two meals and a snack are provided through USDA support in the full-day rate. Telephone: (502) 624-6702.
Part-day Programs: Monday through Friday, a part-day preschool for ages 3-5 years is available (three-day program) 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and (two-day program) 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday. CDC is located in buildings 4249 and 4250 at 1595 Bullion Blvd. Telephone: (502) 624-6702/6708.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
On post in-home care is available for children 4 weeks through fifth grade. Care is provided by an adult who is certified by the Family Child Care (FCC) program. The FCC staff has certified the individual providing care and inspected and approved the home before children may be accepted for care. Extended care is available evenings and weekends. FCC is located within the Hansen Center at 1053 Spearhead Division Ave., Building 1053. Telephone: (502) 624-1818.
Parent Central Services: All Families are encouraged to visit Parent Central Services to receive information regarding registration for all Child & Youth Services Programs. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. For customer convenience, Parent Central Services is opened late on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registrations can be completed by walking-in or a scheduled appointment. Walk-ins are from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, with the last registration being conducted at 11:30 a.m. Appointments can be scheduled between the hours of 1 to 4 p.m. Military Families that are moving to Fort Knox may have their children’s CYS registration information exported from their previous installation to Fort Knox Parent Central Services. Parent Central Services is located in the basement of Building 1384 (White Hall), 1384 Chaffee Ave. Telephone: (502) 624-6703.
Kids On Site (KOS): Kids On Site is a CYS Program that provides on-site hourly care for Parents that are needing to attend arranged events or functions. After receiving approval from required inspections, KOS has the authority to provide child care in the same facility or building to where parents are attending the arranged event or function. Units and special interest groups has the option to utilize KOS to provide child care on-site. To make your child care event reservations please contact the Kids On Site Director to make arrangements. KOS also provides Saturday and Friday Night Special Openings at the Child Development Center as well as on-site care located at Gammon Physical Fitness Center. For more information, contact (502) 624-7413/3676.
SCHOOL AGE CENTER
The School Age Center is nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation. Designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the School Age Center program includes:
Before- and After-school and part-time care Monday through Friday. It is open 5:30 to 8 a.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m. weekdays.
Full-day care is available 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during school intercessions (we follow the Fort Knox and Hardin County School calendar), school holidays. Summer Camps care is available 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A computer lab, homework center, intercession camps, summer camps and other special activities are an integral part of the fun-filled services provided through SAC. SAC is an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H. Children and youth participants must be registered with CYS. Registration is free; call Parent Central Services for more info at (502) 624-6703.
SAC is at 4251 Chaffee Ave., Building 4251. Telephone: (502) 624-6903.
YOUTH EDUCATION AND SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES
Youth Education and School Support Services are designed to address the emotional needs of transitional students and their Families; promote military parents’ involvement in education; develop and maintain partnerships between the installation, parents, youth, and on- and off-post schools; provide home school linkage; and provide access and referral to resources that enhance military youth education. Overarching services include: Partners in Education, Military Family Life Consultants, Parent Education, Academic Enrichment Programs, and Staff and Community Training related to education. Telephone: Youth Education Support Services: (502) 624-1784 and School Liaison Officers: (502) 624-2305.
The name SKIES Unlimited combines the acronym for “Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” followed by “Unlimited” for the unlimited learning possibilities this initiative offers Army children and youth. SKIES Unlimited is part of CYS and encompasses instructional programs for children and youth from infancy to the teen years. SKIES Unlimited provides a four-school framework: School of Academic Skills, Mentoring and Intervention; School of Arts, Recreation and Leisure; School of Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership; and School of Sports, Fitness and Health. Classes are held at the SKIES Unlimited Gym located at 4555 Ballard Ave., Building 4555, and the Hansen Center located at 1053 Spearhead Division Ave., Building 1053. For more information, call the SKIES Unlimited Gym at (502) 624-6615 or the Hansen Center at (502) 624-3126.
YOUTH SPORTS AND FITNESS
Youth Sports and Fitness offers an extensive sports program for children age 3 through 12th grade. Programs include instructional and team competition in flag and tackle football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball, archery and bowling. Mini Sports Development Programs are offered for children 3-5 years old. Individual sports are also offered. The Caruso Youth Sports Complex offers an array of sports fields with complete setup and lighting. The complex is located at 718 9th Cavalry Regiment Ave., Building 718. Volunteer coaches are the heart of the program. If interested in volunteering, please contact our office for more information. Telephone: (502) 624-4747.
MIDDLE SCHOOL/TEEN (MST) PROGRAM
Devers Middle School and Teen Center offers open recreation activities, an afterschool program, special events, summer camps and field trips. Devers has a game room, gymnasium, homework center, 15-station computer lab, science room, arts and crafts room, high school room, outdoor garden, outdoor basketball area and an entertainment room. Open recreation is available for youth in sixth through 12th grades. Hours of operation are 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Additional hours for ages 13 to 18 are 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Occasional special trips and openings are offered Sunday. When school is dismissed for intercession or inclement weather, the facility opens at 1 p.m.
The MST Program is designed to provide youth enriching opportunities in the following five service areas: the arts; education support and career development; character and leadership development; sports, fitness and recreation; and health, wellness and life skills.
Opportunities also exist for youth to participate in one of the many 4-H and Boys & Girls Club after-school programs and clubs offered at Devers MST Center Monday through Friday. A free daily USDA snack is provided to participants. Teens are strongly encouraged to express their programming ideas, concerns and issues during Teen Council meetings held monthly at Devers. Devers MST Center is located at Building 5543 Chaffee Ave. Telephone (502) 624-6442.
Workforce Preparation provides youth opportunities to explore career choices and entrepreneurial enterprises, identify interests, set career-related goals, and enables them to successfully enter the work place. Experiences may include, but are not limited to, classes in resume writing, interview skills, dressing for success, office communication, interpersonal relations, or opportunities for job-shadowing, apprenticeships and entrepreneurships. This program will afford youth the opportunity to attend job fairs, college nights and other related special events. Telephone: (502) 624-3167.