Army Community Service
830 Chisholm Ave.
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Call ACS for assistance with the following:
Army Family Action Plan
The Army Family Action Plan (AFAP) is a grassroots-level process that gives those who work, live on or use the installation an opportunity to impact quality of life on Fort Meade. Representatives from throughout the local community convene annually to identify, develop and prioritize local, global military and installation-level quality of life issues. AFAP issues are accepted throughout the year.
Army Family Team Building
The Army Family Team Building (AFTB) program provides classes to educate Soldiers and their family members to help make them more self-reliant and better-prepared. AFTB is about adapting to military life as a single Soldier, military spouse, unit commander, retiree or Department of Defense civilian. AFTB offers three types of courses:
• Level I – Introduction: Targeted toward those new to the Army or interested in updating personal skills or basic knowledge.
• Level II – Intermediate: Targeted toward emerging leaders within the Army community.
• Level III – Advanced: Enhances the professional growth and leadership development opportunities of family members, especially those who might assume advisory and mentoring leadership roles within the unit and community.
Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) provides education and advocacy services designed to enhance family relationships and prevent incidents of child and spouse abuse. The program offers a variety of parenting support programs, including home visitation services for families of young children, educational workshops, support groups and a play group for young children. FAP programs and classes include topics such as communication, conflict management, stress management, the dynamics of family violence and parenting. Short-term childcare is available to eligible families who participate in mandated programs.
Relocation Readiness Program
The Relocation Readiness Program provides information for relocating inbound and outbound service members and their families. That includes installation information worldwide, a lending closet, sponsor partnership, immigration and visa assistance, moving overseas classes and newcomer’s orientation to Fort Meade.
Mobilization and Deployment Program
The Mobilization and Deployment Program offers pre-deployment and reunion briefings, family readiness group training and support.
Financial Readiness provides a wide range of services to assist military members and their families with financial affairs. Group and individual education and training are available regarding proper use of credit, getting insurance, financial planning, debt liquidation, home buying and car buying. Skilled counselors help with budgeting, work with creditors, file consumer complaints and provide information about local consumer laws.
Employment Readiness Program
Employment Readiness provides employment and career-related services. Services include a computer lab with resources for job searching, information about employment, education and volunteer opportunities. Workshops are geared toward enhancing job skills, skill building and career planning. While the program is designed to assist military spouses, DoD civilians, service members and retirees are welcome.
Army Emergency Relief
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency financial assistance to soldiers in crisis. Its mission is solely to help active duty (including Guard and Reserves under Title 10), retirees, widows and their families. Financial assistance is for basic living necessities, such as rent, utilities and food, and also includes vehicle repair and emergency travel. AER also provides scholarships to eligible children and spouses. For more information about making donations to AER, call Army Community Service at 301-677-5590.
AER’s annual fundraising campaign runs from Feb. 1 to May 15 annually. Contributions can be made any time and can be forwarded to ACS, 830 Chisholm Ave., Fort Meade, MD 20755 or sent directly to HQ AER, 200 Stovall St., Room 5N13, Alexandria, VA 22332-0600.
Volunteer Programs provides volunteer opportunities designed to teach new skills, helps maintain an active resumé, and meet new friends while working within various community programs. A wide range of volunteer positions, including virtual volunteering, is available. Ask about free child care for qualified volunteers. For more information about volunteer opportunities on Fort Meade, call Army Community Service at 301-677-5590.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a mandatory Department of the Army enrollment program for active duty service members who work with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to military families with special needs.
Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when a family member has a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual condition that requires specialized services. The Army defines an exceptional family member as any family member, regardless of age, who has a disability that limits that individual’s ability to function on a daily basis and requires ongoing counseling, training, education, therapy or treatment. The family member’s needs are then taken into consideration in the military personnel assignment process. Soldiers are responsible for keeping their EFMP enrollment updated as the exceptional family member’s condition changes or every three years, whichever comes first. EFMP also assists eligible family members of retired soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.
Community Information Program
The Community Information Program provides commanders, service members and families with comprehensive information regarding military and civilian community resources. It offers long-term follow-up when necessary.
Hearts Apart Deployment Support Group
The Hearts Apart Deployment Support Group provides support to families who have loved ones serving away from home. The group meets monthly and has members from all military branches as well as DoD civilians. The group also runs a “Hand-in-Hand” program, a deployment support group that travels to area schools to support children whose parents are deployed. Community members are invited to connect with other families while learning about managing separation.
Soldier & Family Assistance Center
85th Medical Battalion Road
The Soldier & Family Assistance Center provides one-on-one assistance to Warriors in Transition and their families, coordinating military, local, state and federal services to meet individual and family needs. The center opened Nov. 10, 2010.
Survivor Outreach Services
Survivor Outreach Services (SOS) demonstrates the Army’s commitment to the families of fallen soldiers by providing support services. Financial counselors provide assistance to surviving families through investment and estate planning education and counseling. The SOS support coordinator functions as long-term support personnel for survivors by facilitating support groups, providing life skills education and connecting survivors with valuable resources.
Military and Family Life Consultant
Military and Family Life Consultants support senior commanders and work directly with Army Community Service, Child, Youth and School Services, National Guard Headquarters and Reserve Regional Command to provide deployment and reintegration support to soldiers and their families by providing short-term, problem solving, non-medical counseling services to cope with the military lifestyle.
Fleet and Family Support Center
2212 Chisholm Ave.
The Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) offers an array of classes, programs and resources for sailors and their families. The services offered help promote family readiness and resiliency and provide an outlet to stay well informed about the local community and Navy lifestyle. Deployment support, exceptional family member assistance, family employment readiness, personal financial management, life skills education, relocation resources, professional counseling, spouse meet and greets, transition assistance and informational and referral are all services available at the FFSC.
Airman & Family Readiness Center
830 Chisholm Ave.
301-677-4136 or 4138
Monday, Wednesday and Friday
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Airman and Family Readiness Center is located in the Community Readiness Center and provides a bridge for Air Force service members and their families to access programs and services that strengthen communities, increase mission readiness, promote self-sufficiency and help them adapt to the Air Force way of life.
It is also a point of contact for family services offered throughout all of the support agencies at Fort Meade and the National Capital Region, as well as Air Force-specific programs for active duty and family members, including permanent change of station, deployment, temporary duty and Key Spouse programs and the Right Start program.
United Service Organization
Fort Meade Outreach Center
8612 6th Armored Calvary Road
The United Service Organization (USO) is a private, nonprofit organization that supports troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to men and women in uniform. It was chartered by Congress to represent the American people by bringing a touch of home life to the military. The USO currently operates more than 130 centers worldwide, including 10 mobile canteens in the continental U.S. and overseas. Overseas centers are in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Afghanistan, Guam and Kuwait. Service members and their families visit USO centers more than 5.3 million times each year.
9800 Savage Road
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Work/Life Services provides assistance, including a wide array of award-winning programs, resources, referrals and consultation, designed to address quality-of-life issues for employees on the National Security Agency compound so that they may better balance the demands of work and home. They are committed to people and to creating the best possible workplace—an environment that is not only modern but also focused on people.
• Deployment support
• Shift work
• Financial coaching center
• Nursing Mothers in the Workplace
• Global outreach
• Child care and parenting
• Children’s World learning center
• Special needs children and youth
• Adult/elder care
• Family Assistance Crisis Center
• Work/Life services library
• Workplace Care Program
• Work & Family Life newsletter
• Family Action Board
FORT MEADE HOUSING
The Fort Meade Housing Office is responsible for oversight of privatized on-post family housing, off-post housing referral and on-post single service member housing. On-post family housing is provided by our partner, Corvias, through a Residential Communities Initiative program.
Residential Communities Initiative Liaison Office
3081 Ernie Pyle St.
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m.
Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) is the Army’s vehicle for improving the quality of life for military members and their families by working with partners to create quality, safe, attractive and affordable housing and communities.
Fort Meade and Corvias Military Living are the partners of Meade Communities LLC. The RCI liaison team represents both the Army and the residents in privatized military family housing. The responsibilities of the RCI liaison office are to be a link between Corvias and the Army, aid in the transition of privatized military family housing into the Army culture and act as an ombudsman for military service members and their families who have unresolved concerns. The office also handles authorization of non-temporary storage, local moves, retirement or separation moves and provides off-post housing referrals.
Please see the information regarding Corvias and their on-post housing options for military families, unaccompanied military for all ranks, military retirees and federal civilian employees. Please note that all unaccompanied military ranks E1-E5 require a certificate of non-availability to live with Corvias or off-post.
Off-Post Housing/Housing Services Office
3081 Ernie Pyle St.
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Military members, federal civilian employees and their families looking for housing in the local area are encouraged to visit the housing services office. The staff will assist personnel with locating local housing and provide guidance for those leasing, buying or selling homes. The office has listings of apartments and private homes for rent as well as for sale. Information about temporary lodging, installation maps and other housing literature is also available at the office.
Bachelor Housing Office
6405 Simmonds Road
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Meade provides more than 1,500 single service members living spaces for service members in the grades of E-1 through E-5 in two sets of buildings. Service members assigned to one of the Service Cryptologic Element units (70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, Navy Information Operations Command, Maryland, U.S. Marine Corps Detachment and the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade) are normally housed in unit-sponsored barracks within the National Security Agency compound. Service members assigned to other units (regardless of service) on Fort Meade are housed in the recently built Freedom Center Barracks. Noncommissioned officers in the grade of E-5 are assigned private suites with private baths. Service members in the grades of E-1 to E-4 are assigned private rooms with a shared bath and kitchenette. Medical hold personnel and soldiers in a temporary change of station status will be assigned quarters comparable to their grade when available. If barracks space is not available, certificates of non-availability will be issued by the Barracks Operations Office based on requests from unit commanders. Fort Meade does not offer Army-provided permanent party unaccompanied officer or unaccompanied senior noncommissioned officer housing.
CORVIAS MILITARY LIVING
Fort Meade has a long-term partnership with Corvias Military Living to finance, design, construct, manage and maintain family housing inventory over a 50-year period.
Corvias communities offer award-winning customer service and amenities to fit the military lifestyle. Active duty service members, with or without dependents, can live the convenient lifestyle at Fort Meade. Close to schools, entertainment and dining, residents spend less time commuting and more time enjoying the activities and on-post amenities that Corvias and the installation provide. Plus, Corvias has a unique Resident Relations Program that provides individual and family support, opportunities to connect with the community and is designed to create a meaningful resident experience for all families living on post. With outstanding amenities and several floor plans to choose from, on-post living is comfortable, convenient and a great value.
On-post living at Fort Meade offers you a sense of community, convenience and many amenities commonly found in upscale residential neighborhoods. In addition, on-post living saves you money and allows you to maintain your military lifestyle.
2965 2nd Army Drive
410-305-1258 or 866-525-HOME
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Leasing.Office@corvias.com
Personalized service for family housing residents starts at the Leasing Center. Corvias recognizes the importance of keeping traditional military customs. Neighborhoods offer traditional rank band integrity that residents may be accustomed to with previous on-post housing experiences. Although many traditional military customs are followed, Corvias offers upgraded amenities and home features to meet the needs of the modern military family.
Leasing your future home is simple and a relocation specialist is available to help you every step of the way and make your move on post as seamless as possible.
Active-duty service members are eligible to apply for on-post housing at Fort Meade upon receipt of current PCS orders. Service members may complete housing applications and be placed on the wait list prior to reporting to the installation (as verified by PCS orders and other documents) through the Corvias website. Once the application is complete and the necessary documentation is provided, a Corvias relocation specialist will assist the family with the selection of homes and availability for the service member’s rank band and time frame.
Did you know military retirees and federal employees can live on post, too? If homes remain available after all active-duty military are housed, excess homes are made available to military retirees and federal employees. Call the Leasing Center to inquire about how to lease your next home. And, don’t forget to ask about the great specials Corvias runs throughout the year for incoming residents.
Potomac Place & Patriot Ridge, Meuse Forest, Midway Common and Heritage Park & Normandy Bluffs
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Corvias homes throughout the installation have been designed with family needs in mind offering spacious floor plans, upgraded amenities, walk-in closets and, in some homes, garages that accommodate large vehicles and additional storage needs. Homes are energy-efficient, Internet-ready and include features such as modern cabinets, kitchen islands, specialty flooring and upgraded appliances.
Today, four community offices serve the neighborhoods on post. Each office provides full-service property management with a team that is knowledgeable, dedicated and available to assist with all resident housing needs. Corvias offers residents a sense of community convenience and many amenities commonly found in upscale residential neighborhoods such as:
• Neighborhood Centers with family activities and events
• Fitness room, resident computer lab, meeting room, Wii Café or Media Center
• Pools with Lifeguards
• No security deposit for active duty military
• No hookup fees for utilities
• Family support services
• Post access control for security
• Dedicated professional management and
• Pet friendly neighborhoods
• Neighborhood lawn care
• Bark Park
• Trash removal
• 24-hour responsive maintenance team
• No commute or wait to get through gate for work
• Hospitality suites for emergency situations
• Upgrades and new home construction
• Children can attend Anne Arundel County Schools
Maintenance Service Requests
Corvias provides full maintenance services that include emergency maintenance, preventative maintenance, interior and exterior repairs as well as landscaping. Residents should place service requests with their respective neighborhood office via our website at Meade.CorviasMilitaryLiving.com, phone, e-mail or a visit to their community office. Service requests are placed into one of three categories: emergency, urgent or routine. A service request number is issued for tracking. Residents should clearly state the nature of the problem when submitting a service request. Corvias also offers a 24-hour emergency maintenance service. Calls for emergency work orders occurring after duty hours, on weekends or holidays will be routed from the community office to an answering service that will coordinate the appropriate response team to service the request.
Throughout the year, residents are invited to enjoy Corvias’s free community-building resident appreciation events such as the annual Spring into Fun, National Night Out, Family Movie Night, holiday events and more.
4998 Second Corps Blvd.
Potomac Place was named for the Army of the Potomac commanded by General George G. Meade. Corvias and the Army’s very first, and largest, Community Center was built here in 2003 and offers all of the benefits and amenities any resident could need. The family-friendly center features a half-court basketball gym, fitness center, game room and even a children’s library.
New and renovated homes for junior NCO, senior NCO, company-grade and field-grade officers have been designed with input and recommendations from Fort Meade families themselves. Potomac Place was Fort Meade’s first new neighborhood and showcases all styles of homes including Craftsman, Colonial, Urban, Eclectic and Seaside. Each style reflects a type of home that you might find in various parts of Maryland. So take your pick—there’s something for everyone here. Nearby, you’ll find the Commissary, Post Exchange, Post gas station and Manor View Elementary School.
Continuing Fort Meade’s historic tribute, Patriot Ridge was named to pay homage to the Revolutionary War and the establishment of the United States. Appropriately, the home styles in Patriot Ridge are Colonial.
Home to junior and senior NCOs, this neighborhood has play areas, walking paths and tennis courts. For easy on and off-post traveling, Patriot Ridge is centrally located between Rockenbach and Reece Road gates. The teen center and two of the child development centers make this location convenient and fun for the family. Patriot Ridge is also in close proximity to Meade High School and McArthur Middle School.
8700 91st Division Blvd.
Meuse Forest has roots dating all the way back to World War I. In fact, the neighborhood is named after one of the most remarkable campaigns in the history of World War I—the Meuse-Argonne Campaign.
The Community Center has a cozy log cabin feel with all kinds of amenities to make your family feel right at home, including a fireplace, multi-purpose room, fitness center, movie theater-style media room, child play area and a basketball court.
Meuse Forest currently features the newest neighborhood construction on Fort Meade and is home to almost all rank bands. In Meuse Forest, residents will find new and renovated homes for junior NCOs, senior NCOs and company and field-grade officers. The style of homes built in this neighborhood is Craftsman, with a rustic look and interior features that include rich dark wood tones, wrought iron fixtures and subdued colors for countertops and appliances. Residents and their families can also enjoy a convenient walk or drive to West Meade Elementary School.
7601 29th Division Road
Midway Common is named for the Battle of Midway, fought over and near the U.S. mid-Pacific base at Midway Atoll during World War II.
The Community Center was the fourth completed and opened in 2009 with amenities for today’s active families. Along with the standard amenities in each Community Center, Midway also offers a Wii Café and game room for residents and fun for the whole family. Stop by and challenge a neighbor to a round of Wii Tennis!
Home to single-family, one-level ranchers, townhomes and the popular combined townhome, Midway serves all rank bands. Homes in Midway Common are Urban-style, reminiscent of a traditional family-oriented community. Located closest to Pershing Hill elementary school and the National Security Agency (NSA), Midway Common offers convenient living at its best.
Heritage Park & Normandy Bluffs
2699 Ninninger Ave.
Heritage Park is particularly special, as it’s dedicated to the history of Fort George G. Meade. The neighborhood features some of the post’s uniquely beautiful historic homes and cottages, originally built in the 1930s. We work very closely with the Maryland historical society to preserve the integrity of the historical homes while renovating the interiors to provide residents with all of the updated necessities and touches of homes you’ll find in our newer housing. And as an added bonus, these historical homes are accompanied by Heritage Park’s Community Center, which offers a movie theater-style media room for residents to enjoy.
These charming homes and cottages are some of the most popular on post and serve our junior NCOs, company-grade officers, senior-grade officers and general and flag officer residents. In 2008, 139 newly-constructed junior NCO townhomes were completed. Heritage Park is the closest neighborhood to Burba Lake, the movie theater, the library and the post chapel. It’s also conveniently located next to the Commissary, PX and post office.
Normandy Bluffs is an extension of the Heritage Park Neighborhood. Normandy Bluffs is named for one of the most well-known battles of World War II in the European Theater—the Battle of Normandy.
Normandy features 115 junior NCO garage townhomes. This neighborhood offers fenced yards with sheds and is conveniently located to main roads, I-295, Route 175 and Route 32, making it close to on and off-post shopping and amenities. Residents and their families can also enjoy a convenient walk or drive to Meade Heights Elementary School..
Reece Crossings – E5 and Below On-Post Unaccompanied Apartment Community
4751 Cooper Road
(410) 672-4076 ReeceCrossings.com
Reece Crossings is the Army’s first-ever on-post garden-style apartment community exclusively for unaccompanied junior enlisted service members of all branches. Close to the Shoppette, Exchange, Commissary, barbershop and the bowling alley, residents are just a short walk away from popular on-post amenities.
Reece Crossings’ all-inclusive living is designed to provide value and convenience. Free cable, high-speed Internet, selected furniture, electricity, water, trash, recycling and renter’s insurance are all included in the monthly rent. There are never application fees, security deposit or credit checks (with automatic monthly allotment). And, since each resident has their own lease, they are only responsible for their portion of the rent, even if their roommate moves out!
The community offers spacious one-bedroom with dens and two-bedroom apartments for E1 – E5 unaccompanied service members and geo-bachelors. Each apartment is equipped with a full-size washer and dryer, private locked indoor storage room. Each bedroom also includes a full private bath, walk-in closet and personal climate control.
The community features a resort-style swimming pool, 24-hour state-of-the-art fitness center with free weights, cardio room, basketball and volleyball courts, jogging trail and outdoor grilling area with a fire pit. The community center features multiple flat-screen TVs, cyber café with Wi-Fi access, kitchen and gaming room with pool table and air hockey.
Reece Crossings will continue delivering buildings throughout 2015. Call the Leasing Center today to schedule a tour.
Army Education Services
8601 Zimborski Ave.
The Army Education Services Division’s mission is to provide adult continuing education programs and services for the Active and Reserve component personnel on and nearby Fort Meade. Adult family members, retirees and government civilians are eligible to participate.
Services include educational counseling and academic advising, Army Tuition Assistance to eligible personnel, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Services testing program, Army personnel tests program and the multi-use learning facility.
Three college institutions—with branch offices located in the Army Education Services Division—offer post-secondary programs on Fort Meade. Representatives are on site daily.
• Anne Arundel Community College offers certificate
and associate degree programs. Classes are held at Meade High School. For more information, call
• University of Maryland, University College offers
upper-level undergraduate courses. Classes are held at Meade High School. For more information, call 301-621-9882.
• Central Michigan University offers graduate studies
on Fort Meade. For more information, call 301-621-9796.
School Support Services & School Liaison
1900 Reece Road
301-677-1227 or 1177
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
School Support Services & School Liaison works under Child, Youth and School Services partnering with area school communities addressing educational issues involving children of military families.
By partnering with local, state and military communities, the school liaison is able to access a wide variety of resources to provide assistance with issues concerning student transition and educational needs.
The school liaison acts as a link between the installation and the surrounding school districts. School Support Services advocates for military families in a variety of areas within the school system to include home school and special-needs children.
Seven county public schools are located on Fort Meade. The schools are governed by the Anne Arundel County School administration and are not Department of Defense Dependent System schools.
Passing a school bus when it is stopped or reducing speed for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers is prohibited. Vehicles must stop a full 10 feet to the front or rear of the school bus and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the flashing red lights are turned off.
Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten registration:
Children who live in Maryland and will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 are required to attend kindergarten and must register at their assigned school.
The pre-kindergarten program in Anne Arundel County public elementary schools selects 4-year-olds based on economic and education need. If applying due to economic need, proof of family income will be required.
When registering a child for pre-kindergarten or kindergarten, parents must bring the following:
• child’s original birth certificate or birth record
• copy of child’s immunization record
• two proofs of residency (rental agreement, current phone bill, etc.)
• school records (hand-carried records are accepted)
• Social Security card is requested but not required
If applying for pre-kindergarten due to economic need, verification of total combined household income (W-2 and 1040 statements with one current pay stub) is required. If these documents are not available, bring three current paycheck stubs for each person employed as well as documentation relating to any additional source of income (including child support, Temporary Cash Assistance and rental income). For more information, call the school liaison officer at 301-677-1227.
• West Meade Early Education Center
7722 Ray St.
Carole Janesko, Principal
• Manor View Elementary School
2900 MacArthur Road
Donna O’Shea, Principal
• Meade Heights Elementary School
1925 Reece Road
Fax: 410-519-1277 www.aacps.org/aacps/mhes/index.htm
Susan Gallagher, Principal
• Pershing Hill Elementary School
Currently co-located with Meade Heights
Elementary until August
7600 29th Division Road
Tasheka Green, Principal
• MacArthur Middle School
3500 Rockenbach Road
Fax: 410-674-8021 www.aacps.org/aacps/mams/home%20page.htm Stacy Gray, Principal
• Meade Middle School
1103 26th St.
Bill Goodman, Principal
• Meade Senior High School
1100 Clark Road
John Yore, Principal
Off-Post Feeder Schools
• Brock Bridge Elementary School
405 Brock Bridge Road
Laurel, MD 20724
John Noon, Principal
• Frank Hebron-Harman Elementary School
7660 Ridge Chapel Road
Hanover, MD 21076
Rebecca Blasingame-White, Principal
• Jessup Elementary School
2900 Elementary School Lane
Jessup, MD 20794
Anita Dempsey, Principal
• Maryland City Elementary School
3359 Crumpton South
Laurel, MD 20724
Karen Soneira, Principal
• Seven Oaks Elementary School
1905 Town Center Blvd.
Odenton, MD 21113
John Ceschini, Principal
• Van Bokkelen Elementary School
1140 Reece Road
Severn, MD 21144
Leonard Massey, Principal
CHILD, YOUTH &
Main Administrative Office
4216 Roberts Ave.
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) provides program options for eligible children and youth ages 4 weeks to 18 years. Its mission is to enhance service member readiness and well-being by reducing the conflict between parental responsibilities and soldier mission requirements.
Parent Central Services
1900 Reece Road
301-677-1149 or 1156
Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walk-ins 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Appointments 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. (last appointment at 5:30)
Contact Parent Central Services to register for all CYSS offerings. The CYSS program is composed of center-based and quarters-based child and youth development programs, sports and fitness programs, instructional class programs, education support services and outreach services. Active duty military personnel, Department of Defense civilians, Reservists and National Guard soldiers on active duty status and DoD contractors working on post are eligible for child and youth services. Parents or guardians are requested to bring proper identification, child’s birth certificate, Social Security number and an up-to-date shot record at the time of registration. Call or visit Central Registration to register for all CYSS programs.
Outreach Services are offered at Parent Central Services for all CYSS programs, including on-site childcare for meetings and functions, teenage babysitter lists, parenting programs and information about off-post child care.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS (CDC)
4725 Ruffner Road
• Full day care: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Hourly care: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3100 MacArthur Road Bldg. 3100
• Full day care: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
910 Ernie Pyle St.
• Full day care: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Part-day preschool: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. (a.m. session); Monday through Friday,
noon to 2:30 p.m. (p.m. session)
Three center-based programs on post provide child care services for children ages 6 weeks through preschool. All of the CDCs at Fort Meade have earned accreditation from the National Association of Education of Young Children, a rigorous voluntary process by which early childhood programs demonstrate that they meet national standards of excellence. Programs seeking accreditation undergo an intensive self-study, collecting information from parents, teachers and administrators while conducting classroom observations. Centers receive on-site visits conducted by early childhood professionals to validate the self-study results. A team of national experts who grant or defer accreditation independently reviews all information.
The best way to describe the curriculum is that it follows developmentally appropriate practices: a child-centered, child-initiated and teacher-supported program. The Creative Curriculum program allows for meaningful and long-lasting learning involving active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play facilitated by highly intentional teaching practices. The Strong Beginnings Pre-K is an Army initiative designed to prepare children for kindergarten. The program has a greater academic focus covering science, math, language/literacy, social studies and physical fitness, preparing the child for school success.
Staff members follow a primary care-giving philosophy in which a child is assigned to one staff member who observes and documents the child’s interests, strengths and weaknesses and enhances the curriculum around these observations. The goal is to develop an individualized program that will support school-ready children by enriching their learning experiences. The CDC strives to expose the children to the “Six Pillars of Character,” (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, care and citizenship) as well as promote the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and creative side of each child. CDC staff seeks to integrate these traits into everyday interactions between children and their parents.
Family Child Care Office
1900 Reece Road
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Family Child Care Office (FCC) is a child care option offered to eligible families through CYSS. FCC is provided by military family members working as independent contractors in individual housing units located on the installation. FCC providers have their programs listed in the FCC online system at the Parent Central Services office. All patrons wishing to use the FCC program must begin the registration process at Parent Central Services. Parents using FCC are eligible for fee assistance through the Fee Assistance Program in which the majority of providers participate.
Homes provide flexible hours, a comfortable family-like setting and activities based on life experiences in the home and neighborhood. In FCC, siblings can stay together, younger and older children learn from each other in a small group setting, and school-age children can remain in a neighborhood 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. The flexibility of FCC providers is an asset in meeting the diverse work hours of military families.
Parents of children enrolled in an FCC home can expect to receive the same quality of care as in a CDC or school-age program. FCC providers receive the same training and support as CYSS facility-based staff. Each group of 25 to 40 providers is designated an FCC network with its own director and managed like a child care center without walls. The capacity of the FCC home is determined by the size of the home and the ages of the children enrolled in the home. Generally, the capacity in an FCC home at any one time is six children, including the provider’s own children who may be enrolled in the program. Homes serving infants and toddlers exclusively (children ages 4 weeks to 2 years) can serve a maximum of three children. Homes serving school-age children exclusively (children ages 5 to 12 years) can serve a maximum of eight children. If you are interested in becoming a provider, call the FCC office.
1900 Reece Road
301-677-1245 and 1298 and 1149
Grades K through Five
Hours of Operation:
• Office: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
• Before/after school program: Monday through Friday,
6 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m.
• School year full days and school holidays: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Summer break: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Hourly ends at 5:30 p.m.
School-Age Services (SAS) supports working families who are in need of school-age care for elementary school-age children. SAS program offers before- and after school care and full-day care on school closure days. During the summer break a full-day summer program is held in 10 one-week sessions. Programs are tailored to the appropriate age group and include field trips, swimming, crafts and entertainment.
The SAS program is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America and 4-H, which is an enhancement to baseline programs. The SAS program offers a wide range of activities to include the four baseline programs: life skills; citizenship (cooking programs, home-alone skills); arts, and recreation and leisure programs to enhance social skills, develop creativity, build cultural awareness, sports and nutrition fun and educational opportunities with a computer lab and homework help.
Middle School Before & After/
Summer Program & Youth Center
909 Ernie Pyle St.
Grades Six through Eight Hours of operation:
• Office: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Before & After School Program: Monday through
Thursday, 6 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 8 p.m.;
Friday, 6 to 9 a.m. and 2:30 to 10 p.m.;
Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
• Summer break: Monday through Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.;
Friday, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
• Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m.
The Middle School program was established for middle school youth in sixth through eighth grades to offer positive alternatives that will help minimize at-risk behavior. The middle school participants design the program with the interests of middle school youth in mind. The program is held before and after school, all day on most school holidays and as a full-day program held throughout the summer in 10 one-week sessions. Programs are tailored to the appropriate age group and include field trips, swimming, crafts and entertainment.
The program is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America and 4-H. Activities include BGCA and 4-H resources and programs in the four baseline programming areas that enhance and acquire social skills, develop creativity and build cultural awareness.
3102 Clark and MacArthur Streets
Grades nine through 12
Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
School holidays and summer: Open at noon
The teen program is conveniently located across from Meade High School. It is designed to meet the ever-growing developmental needs of teens. The youth development program offers driver education classes, which meet Maryland license requirements. The program is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) and 4-H. Activities include BGCA and 4-H and programs in the four baseline program areas, including to enhance and acquire social skills, develop creativity, build cultural awareness. It also offers an active Boys and Girls Club Keystone council, which plans and organizes teen programs such as field trips, dances, community services projects and youth sponsorship. The teen center also has state-of-the-art computers and technology opportunities.
School of Knowledge, Inspiration,
Exploration and Skills
1900 Reece Road
Hours of operation: Monday through Friday,
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Note: hours may vary depending on functions.)
The name SKIES Unlimited combines the acronym for “Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration, and Skills” with the word Unlimited for the unlimited learning possibilities that this initiative offers military children and youth.
SKIES Unlimited provides the framework for instructional programming in the CYSS System worldwide. It encompasses instructional programs for children and youth from infancy to adolescence (four weeks through the end of the senior year in high school). Through SKIES Unlimited, youth in programs have access to opportunities that expand their knowledge, inspire them, allow them to explore and acquire new skills.
Young people spend as much as 80 percent of their waking time outside the classroom. When involved in instructional programs during the critical hours of 3 to 8 p.m., studies show that they are less likely to engage in undesirable behavior.
Instructional programs foster the development of critical life, leadership and social skills. The latest educational research confirms that student’s involvement in after-school instructional programs is beneficial on all levels. Instructional programs have been shown to promote the intellectual development of children and youth.
Youth Sports, Fitness and Nutrition Office
1900 Reece Road
Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday,
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Note: hours may vary depending on programs.)
The Youth Sports and Fitness Program offers a variety of individual and team sports for ages 3 through 17, including T-ball, baseball, softball, track, clinic soccer, soccer, tackle football, cheerleading, basketball, swim team, outdoor adventure, sports tournaments and sports skills clinics.
The Fort Meade Youth Sports program is one of the largest in the Army. The program emphasizes fun, fitness and learning skills. Volunteer coaches must attend training and be certified through the National Alliance of Youth Sports Coaches Certification Program.
After-School Child Care
The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks’ sponsored school-age child care has openings available for children in kindergarten through fifth-grade. The after school program operates from the end of the school day until 6 p.m. every day that school is open for students. Interested parents should contact the SACC office at 410-222-7856 for registration information.
For more information about daycare, after-school care and all childcare, call 301-677-1156 or 1149.
Veterinary Treatment Facility
2018 Annapolis Road
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for over-the-counter products; appointment hours vary. Closed Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to noon, the last working day of the month and all federal holidays.
Routine veterinary care for pets is available by appointment on an outpatient basis at the Fort Meade Veterinary Treatment Facility. Services are offered for animals owned by those with a valid military identification.
The appointment schedule for veterinary clinical services, which includes vaccinations, sick call and health certificates, varies due to food service inspection and military working dog commitments.
Family Pet Care Center
Bldgs. 5 & 6 Range Road
The Fort Meade Family Pet Care Center has 11 cat condos and 48 indoor/outdoor dog runs. The indoor runs are climate controlled, the outdoor runs are shaded with insulated roofing, and each has its own self-filling water bowl. There is a large tub basin for dog washing; professional grooming is also available. There is a retail shop with a variety of pet products. Short- and long-term boarding services are available as well as doggie daycare.
Dogs and cats on post must be chained, penned, or on a leash at all times when outside. Dogs tied outside must have access to adequate shelter and clean water at all times. Sponsors are liable for all damage to government or personal property and buildings, as well as any injury to other individuals caused by their pet’s actions. Animals found unattended or roaming free on post will be impounded by the Directorate of Emergency Services and taken to Anne Arundel County Animal Control at 410-222-8900.
For more information about the park’s progress call Outdoor Recreation at 301-677-3810.
Dogs, cats, pet rodents (hamsters, guinea pigs, mice and rats), fish, small reptiles or caged birds may be kept in post housing. All dogs and cats in post housing must be registered at the Veterinary Treatment Facility within 10 days of occupancy in post housing. Wild and exotic animals are not permitted on the installation.
Pets must wear a rabies tag and have a current vaccination history on file. Every pet must also have a microchip implanted for identification purposes. This can be done at the Veterinary Treatment Facility on a walk-in basis. If your pet is more than 3 months old and has been vaccinated for rabies elsewhere, owners must provide the Veterinary Treatment Facility with a copy of the certificate during registration or the pet will need to be revaccinated.
No more than two dogs or cats in any combination are allowed in a single-housing unit. Please note that Corvias Military Living has additional requirements that should be reviewed by any person with a pet to be housed on Fort Meade.