- Welcome to CYS
Child and Youth Services (CYS) provides programs and services for children of eligible military and civilian families. Within CYS you will find something to meet your children’s needs, including:
- Full, part time or hourly child care
- Before/after school care
- Programs for your middle school and teen youth
- Instructional classes
- Workforce preparation opportunities
- Sports and fitness activities
Today’s CYS programs, deemed a "model for the nation" by Presidential acclaim, continue to operate on these cornerstones:
- Quality – Child care is DoD-certified and nationally accredited
- Availability – Child care is available on- and off-post
- Affordability – Fees for various programs are competitively priced and affordable regardless of sponsor's income
- Accountability - To safeguard the Army's resources by efficient management oversight, good fiscal stewardship, reducing waste and protecting assets of programs and services to Soldiers and their Families.
- 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.
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Our mission: CYS integrates and delivers base support to reduce the conflict between parental responsibilities and unit mission requirements and enable readiness for a globally responsive Army.
Our vision: A driving force for excellence in school support, youth programs, and childcare for the Army, Department of Defense, and the Nation.
Our commitment: We are committed to providing responsive and relevant child and youth programs IAW established standards to accomplish the mission of all assigned installations.
We are committed to providing appropriate programs and services at the right time and place for our Soldiers and their Families.
We are committed to getting the most out of every Army dollar.
Our workforce: CYS professionals are among the best in the world. We treat them as such by emphasizing engaged and caring leadership, fair and appropriate recognition, professional development, accountability, and empowerment. CYS professionals make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we support.