Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth &
School Services (CYSS) programs support the Army Family
Covenant by reducing the conflict between a Soldier's mission
requirements and his or her parental responsibilities. See a brief description below for each of our program areas; you may click the text in each program to go directly to that program. Our goals are to:
- Facilitate family self-reliance and reinforce Army values.
- Ensure availability of predictable programs and services for eligible children and youth from four weeks to 18 years.
- Maintain affordability of child and youth programs for both patrons and the Army through researching metrics, operational efficiencies, and seamless service delivery.
- Establish and sustain CYSS program quality as a "benchmark for the nation" in accordance with statutory requirements, DOD, and Army standards.
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DoD Certification and National Accreditation are required by the Military Child Care Act to attain and ensure CYSS program quality.
Accreditation: Child Development Centers, School-Age Programs and FCC homes are eligible for National Accreditation through an external evaluation process that surpass expectations and provide high quality care for children.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the accrediting body for Army CYSS Child Development Centers.
The National AfterSchool Association is the accrediting body for Army CYSS School Age programs.
The National Association for Family Child Care is the accrediting body for Army CYSS FCC homes.
Certification: DoD Certification, the equivalent of state licensing, is based on an Army internal evaluation process to ensure Army CYSS Child Development Centers, Family Child Care Homes and School-Age Programs meet required DoD quality standards. All caregivers must meet rigid training, health and safety standards, and are subject to unannounced inspections.
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