Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS)
Parent Central Services and Outreach
The Parent Central Services office operates as a one-stop child/youth registration point for all delivery systems. Parent Central Services is your first stop for information, registration, enrollments and referrals. Every Family with children is encouraged to register with CYS. The registration fee is waived.
Parents can visit the CYS website to download registration forms or pick up a copy at the Parent Central Services office in Building P-10720, Clark Hall, second floor. Call 315-772-8675 for hours of operation or information about registration.
Visit www.militarychildcare.com online to find a more streamlined approach to finding/requesting child care and to provide reports that help programs better plan for future placement needs. www.militarychildcare.com offers a single online gateway for Families to access military-operated or military-subsidized child care options worldwide across all services. The site enables Families to create a household profile, conduct child care searches, submit requests for care and manage their requests at any time and from any location.
Child Development Centers (CDC)
CYS Child Development Centers offer care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old in three formats: full-day, part-day and hourly care. Our centers use Creative Curriculum or a developmental approach to the care and growth of children.
The curriculum includes a balance of indoor and outdoor experiences, small and large group activities, and both active and quiet play periods. Play experiences provide children with opportunities for learning as an interactive, hands-on process.
Activities are based on the knowledge that play is the vehicle through which children naturally learn to understand and deal with the world.
Through play, they will practice decision-making and develop language skills. We strive to provide the warmth and security necessary for all children to grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Strong Beginnings is a program that has been developed to ensure military children are prepared to enter kindergarten and have the skills and abilities necessary to be successful in the public school system. Our curriculum, staff and projected values all intertwine to provide a supportive, comfortable and accepting atmosphere so each child will develop a healthy self-concept and positive outlook on life.
To support the commitment to quality programming, Chapel Drive, South Riva Ridge and Po Valley CDCs are certified annually by the DOD. All CDCs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Chapel Drive CDC
Full and Hourly Care for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old
10785 Chapel Drive
Part Day Programs for children 2 years old to pre-K
10745 Enduring Freedom Drive
Po Valley CDC
Full Day Care for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old
Po Valley Road
South Riva Ridge CDC
Full Day Care for children 6 weeks old to 5 years old
10780 South Riva Ridge Loop
Family Child Care Homes
Family Child Care (FCC) homes are available with trained child care providers who work as independent contractors for CYS. FCC homes provide care for children ages 4 weeks to 12 years old. The FCC program includes full-day, part-day and hourly care for children in a home environment where children can develop motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills through a balance of exploration and planned curriculum. Learning activities are designed to support the natural development of children and include individual and small-group experiences.
FCC homes are DOD-certified. DOD certification, the equivalent of state licensing, is based on an Army internal evaluation process to ensure that FCC homes meet required DOD quality standards. All providers must pass stringent background checks and meet rigid training, health and safety standards and are subject to unannounced inspections.
School Age Center (SAC)
Building 10795, Chapel Drive
The SAC is for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. The SAC program includes before- and after-school programs, quarterly weekend activities during the school year, summer care and camps during school vacations.
Through partnerships with groups such as National 4-H, Character Counts and Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Fort Drum helps children learn to work with their strengths, interests and each other to feel good and to grow as individuals. Fort Drum’s CYS SAC programs are both nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and DOD-certified.
School Support Services (SSS)
Building 10720, Clark Hall, Room A2-75
CYS School Support Services (SSS) provide a variety of strategies and resources the Army has undertaken to help “level the playing field” for transitioning military students. The School Liaison Officer (SLO) prepare schools and the installation to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions and provide Families assurance that their children’s academic well-being is priority.
The SLO act as primary adviser to the garrison and school districts on all matters of concern among students, parents and local school districts.
Email: usarmy.drum.imcom-fmwrc.list.mwr-youth email@example.com
Youth entering sixth through 12th grade may participate in free daily programs in the CYS Youth Center and recreational programs in a safe and exciting environment. Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H program curriculum is used to provide fun and engaging programs and activities to our members.
Our center boasts the following activities:
- Full-sized gymnasium with indoor and outdoor basketball courts.
- Skateboard park equipment available for outdoor and indoor events.
- High school lounge outfitted with plush and comfortable furniture.
- The latest video game consoles with up-to-date games.
- Exercise and dance equipment and classes.
- Musical instruments and recording studio room.
- Intramural sports program.
- Free USDA meal and snack available daily.
- Outdoor recreation areas.
- Homework center to assist with academic needs.
- Fine arts programs.
- State-of-the-art computer lab staffed with a knowledgeable instructor.
- Special events to include dances, game nights, trips, talent shows, lock-ins and midnight sports.
Youth Services is open for middle school and high school students (grades six through 12).
Youth Sponsorship — Youth sponsorship works to link youth in grades one through 12 who are moving to the Fort Drum area with a youth sponsor. A youth sponsor can make the move easier. Sponsors can provide:
- Correspondence by email before the move.
- Information about what Fort Drum CYS has to offer.
- Information about Fort Drum and the surrounding area.
- Someone who knows what it’s like adjusting to a new place, a new school and new friends.
- A means to make the transition and move easier.
This program is designed to ease the fears of youth in the process of transitioning to or from Fort Drum. Sponsors are matched with incoming youth based on gender, age and interests. The sponsors then serve as guides for incoming youth. They introduce the new arrival to others within their age and grade level and to various activities.
Youth in the community who wish to sponsor an incoming youth must register with the Youth Sponsorship Program coordinator, have parental permission and attend required training. Being a youth sponsor helps build life skills and develops leadership.
For more information, contact 315-772-6719.
Youth Sports and Fitness/Instructional Programs
CYS Youth Sports and Fitness/Instructional Programs offers programs for youth 3-18 years old. Youth Sports and Fitness/Instructional Programs provides opportunities for youth to be engaged in fun physical activities while developing lifelong healthy habits, thus acquiring the life skills to achieve a balanced lifestyle for mind, body and spirit. A variety of traditional and non-traditional sports, games and activities teach sportsmanship, team building, goal setting and self-discipline. Youth Sports and Fitness programs utilize standardized programs and curriculum from the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Boys & Girls Clubs and Character Counts.