Main Administrative Office

4216 Roberts Ave.

301-677-4808

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, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7:30-4:00 pm (last walk-in and appointment at 3:30 pm) and Wednesday 9:00-5:30 pm (last walk-in and appointment at 5:00).

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 Parent Central Services 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)

CDC I

4725 Ruffner Road

301-677-3407

• 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.

(Reservations required)

CDC II

3100 MacArthur Road Bldg. 3100

301-677-6002

• Full day care: Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CDC III

910 Ernie Pyle St.

301-677-1530

• 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

301-677-1160

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.

School-Age Center

1900 Reece Road

301-677-1245 and 1298 and 1149

(Central registration)

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.

301-677-1437

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.

Teen Center

3102 Clark and MacArthur Streets

301-677-6054

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 (SKIES)

909 Ernie Pyle Street

301-677-1196

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

301-677-1179

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, NFL Flag Football, volleyball, lacrosse, 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.