- Grierson Child Development Center
The Alice Grierson CDC offers hourly care up to 24 hours per week, $5.00 per hour. Professionally trained staff, with strict adherence to health, safety and facility standards and the philosophy of creating a safe, nurturing environment adds up to offering the finest child care available.
Fort Sill Child Development Services supports the National Association for the Education of Young Children statement, “A high-quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment which promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of families.”
- Cooper Child Development Center
Force of the Future
5 a.m. - 7 p.m. 14 Hour Child Care
Fort Sill Child and Youth Services will be providing Extended Child Care Opening Hours in support of Force of the Future Pilot Program.
Operating hours at Cooper Child Development Center and School Age Center will be adjusted to meet the scheduled accommodation of 14 hours a day, 5 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Any care provided outside of the normal 12 hour day will require Command approval.
For more information, call +1 (580)4421-4932.
Cooper Child Development Center (Cooper CDC) provides quality care such as full day infant/ toddler, pre-school, before and after school Pre-k (Lawton Public School), and before and after kindergarten. Cooper also provided Small ratio groups sizes to address a child’s individual needs and concerns.
The Training and Curriculum Specialist ensure the curriculum provided in the program meet the age-appropriate guide line of the NAEYC. The staffs at Cooper are train in the foundation of Early Childhood practice and theories to ensure that all the children receive the best and proper nurturing, respect, and social interaction skills.
Childcare fee are pro-rated on total family income and the Department of Human Services military family subsidies are welcome.
- Tincher Child Development Center
Professionally trained staff, with strict adherence to health, safety and facility standards and the philosophy for creating a safe, nurturing environment adds up to offering the finest child care available. Children can be involved in a variety of activities to include April’s celebration of the Month of the Military Child.
Tincher Child Development Center is a part of the Directorate of Morale, Welfare, Recreation and Family Programs (DMWR), a network of programs and services through which the Army provides developmentally appropriate child care. This quality care is responsive to the needs of our military families.
Fort Sill Child Development Services supports the National Association for the Education of Young Children statement, “A high quality early childhood program provides a safe and nurturing environment which promotes the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children while responding to the needs of families.”
Full Day Care - TCDC offers full-day care for children 6 weeks to 6 years of age. The center offers trained staff, balanced meals, and age-appropriate developmental activities. Patron fees are determined by the total family income as directed by the Department of Defense Patron Fee Policy.
- Family Child Care
The Army FCC Program is a child care option provided on and off post by authorized military family members as independent contractors. FCC providers and their homes meet specific requirements and are certified by the installation. FCC providers pass stringent background checks and inspections and complete an extensive training program, to include oversight for activities and curriculum. FCC Homes are regularly visited and inspected by FCC staff, Child and Youth Services (CYS) inspection teams, and installation representatives to include fire, safety and health proponents.
FCC Homes have unique qualities making them the preferred child care choice for some military and Department of Defense (DOD) civilian families. Homes provide flexible hours and a comfortable familial setting. Most homes offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care. Special services may include 24-hour and long-term care during mobilization and training exercises, evening and weekend care, and care for special needs children and newborns. The Army FCC Program is a quality partner in the larger Army child care system and provides nearly one third of all available child care spaces.
There are two types of FCC homes at Fort Sill:
- Multi-age homes are allowed to have six children in care, ranging in age from 4 weeks to 12 years. A provider’s own children under the age of 8 will count in her ratio. Only two of those children may be under the age of 2 years. Hours of services vary by provider with some providers offering extended hours and weekend care.
- School-age homes may have eight children between the ages of 5 to 12 years, with the provider’s own children under the age of 12 years counting in their ratio.
Army FCC Online is a database of FCC providers locally and at other installations with Army FCC programs. This website has information about each provider’s family, their backgrounds, their play and dining areas, in addition to photos of the provider and the different areas of their homes. The provider profiles can only be accessed after obtaining a user name and password from the Parent Central Services office, which is located at 4700 Mow-Way Road. There is a public website at www.armyfcc.com where a listing of installation profiles is available for viewing. These profiles give basic information about each program, including phone numbers and points of contact, which can be helpful if you are PCS’ing to a new installation.
The National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC) is the accrediting agency for FCC providers. NAFCC accreditation recognizes providers for the high quality care they offer children and their families. For children, accredited homes offer safe inviting spaces and warm nurturing care. For parents, accreditation is an indicator of responsive, stimulating child care that offers educational activities designed to meet the needs and interests of young children.
I. Family Child Care providers offer:
- Developmentally appropriate child care, not custodial care; full time, part-time, and hourly care. Providers may also offer extended care, 24-hour care, or long-term care during deployments or training exercises.
- Family Child Care providers are enrolled in the USDA Child Care Food Program, which means your child will be fed meals that are nutritionally balanced, with no additional cost to you.
- Family Child Care providers receive on-going training, administrative support, and access to a number of resources, to include a fully stocked toy lending library.
II. Rates for FCC Homes:
FCC providers are private contractors with the government and as such, fees are paid directly to the provider by the patrons. Patron fees are determined by Parent Central Services and based on DoD Fee Policy.
III. FCC Referral Policy:
Child care slots in FCC homes are referred out through the PCS office.
- CYS Playground Construction: June - December 2019
Beginning 18 June 2019 and ending sometime around the middle of December, all of the CYS playgrounds will undergo renovation. The project will commence with demolition one playground at a time in the following order: Tincher Child Development Center, building 4122, Grierson Child Development Center, building 4123, Cooper Child Development Center, building 4125, and Fort Sill School Age Center, building 6599. Within about 45 days, all of the playgrounds will be in some stage of construction. The current plan is that all playgrounds will be completed and turned back to the government at the same time. Temporary fenced enclosures have been erected at the three CDCs and will serve as temporary playgrounds during construction.
For the duration of the construction, patrons should expect to see some disruption of traffic flow, but the contractor will make every effort to keep it to a minimum. Each CDC can expect to lose a few parking spaces to allow equipment to access the playgrounds. Haul routes will be established over the next few weeks at each center. Many of the parking spaces on the north side of Tincher, across from Frontier Chapel, will be taken out of service to allow for access to the adjoining playground. It is recommended that employees and patrons park elsewhere for the duration of the construction.
These new playgrounds will offer children the opportunity to play with and among natural elements, including components such as local plants and boulders, sustainable slides built directly into grass hills, or tree surrounds and seating areas to contribute to the authenticity of the natural environment. Adding these elements can enhance and reinforce the lessons children learn in the classroom while promoting social interaction and encouraging physical and imaginative play.
In an age when even the tiniest toddler fingers easily manipulate images on a screen, an outdoor learning environment is a breath of fresh air. Numerous studies find that the natural world is essential to a child’s physical and emotional health. The correlation between outdoor play and social, cognitive and behavioral development is well documented with evidence supporting benefits such as the improved recall of information, creative problem solving and increased creativity among children. Outdoor learning environments are a way to nurture children with safe and interesting play spaces that integrate with the world around them.
Outdoor play is very different from indoor play in that children are allowed to move faster, talk louder and maybe even get a little messy. We can’t wait!
For more information, call +1 (580)442-6481.
- Register at MilitaryChildCare.com
MilitaryChildCare.com (MCC) is a Department of Defense (DoD) website for military families seeking child care. This single online gateway provides comprehensive information on military-operated or military-subsidized child care programs worldwide and simplifies the child care search and request process.
Introducing MilitaryChildCare.com. This Department of Defense (DoD) program makes it easier to find the child and youth care your family needs. Now military and DoD civilian families can search for child and youth care options through a single website. Using MilitaryChildCare.com, you can find comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide, conduct a customized search for the care you need, and submit a request for care at any time and from any location.
- Step 1: Create an account. Go to MilitaryChildCare.com to create an account containing information about your family, or to login in using an existing username and password.
- Step 2: Search and request care. Search the system for the child care option that best fits your needs and submit your requests for care.
- Step 3: Manage your requests. You can manage your requests for care from anywhere in the world.
- Step 4: Update your profile. Keep your My Profile page up to date with important information.
Or you can fill out a form and drop it off at Parent Central Services office in Bldg. 4700.
Our Child Development Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children – the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals. Only 8 percent of all preschools and other early childhood programs are accredited by the NAEYC.