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United States Army
Child Development Center
615 Replacement Ave
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Programs and services are available at most installations for children up to age 12. Care may be provided in Child Development Centers, School Age Care Programs, and Family Child Care Homes. Please review the information to find out what programs and services are available at this installation. Please contact the Child and Youth Program point of contact at this installation if you require information, assistance or resources for child care in your local community.
The Family Child Care (FCC) program is an integral part of the Child and Youth Services (CYS) child care system available on Army garrisons. FCC provides quality home based care for children 4 weeks to 12 years old and is offered in government owned and government leased housing located on post.
FCC has unique qualities that make it a preferred choice for many families. It offers flexible hours: full day, part day, extended /overnight, weekend and hourly care in a comfortable home setting. FCC also offers a 15% cost savings compared to Child Development Centers and School Age Care fees
FCC Providers are vetted and only the best qualified candidates are recommended for certification. Providers must complete background checks and regular home inspections as a part of certification. They also receive paid ongoing training for professional development.
Army policy requires that anyone providing care on a regular basis for more than 10 hours per week, must be certified through Child and Youth Services as a FCC provider.
Providing unauthorized child care in government owned/leased housing puts you at risk of losing your housing privileges. Unauthorized child care by an uncertified person puts your child at risk.
For more information on how to register your children in the FCC Program visit MCC.COM MilitaryChildCare.com
Child Development Center (CDC): 6 weeks - 5 years (Kindergarten)
Full Day/Part Day/Hourly Care
Ages 6 weeks - Kindergarten*
CDCs are on-post child care centers that offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for children in nationally accredited environments.
5 to 12 hours per day. Services are offered to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.
3 hour/day program with choice of 5 days, 3 days, or 2 days per week.
*In some communities, Kindergarten children may be located in the School Age Center.
School Age Centers (SAC): Grades 1-5/6*
Army School Age Centers provide care during:
Children have access to computer labs and can receive help on daily homework assignments. Programs are nationally accredited and utilize stand curricula through formal partnerships with nationally-recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA).
*Depending on school configuration
Hourly Care will take place at CDC 614 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
Available for youth from 6 weeks to Kindergarten. Cost is $5 per hour.
All children must be registered with CYS before they can attend the Hourly Care program. To register youth, contact Parent Central Services at +1 (573)596-0421or +1 (573)596-0238.
Babysitter Referral Services
Looking for a Teen Babysitter? Looking to be a Teen Babysitter? CYS offers training following the 4-H babysitter curriculum in becoming a certified Teen Babysitter. Teen military family members in grades 7 and up who wish to expand and market themselves for babysitting jobs can be placed on the babysitter's referral list with parent permission.
Military parents needing babysitters must complete a request form located at Parent Central Services. Once parents complete the required form, they will receive a list of babysitter information based on specified requirements (location, availability, etc). After receiving a list of babysitters, parents can make arrangements directly with the babysitter. All arrangements and fees for care are between the parent and babysitter.
CYS offers Babysitting Referral Services for registered families. Babysitters on the referral list are 13 years or older, have certification in First Aid and CPR, and are trained in:
Parent Central Services or go back to the Register section to find out more information.
Alternative Child Care
CYS Provides additional child care beyond the regular facility opening hours.
Kids On Site (KoS) provides child care on site for your unit/organizational event at the location your event is being held. CYS will provide quality child care providers to watch children ages 6 weeks through 12 years on site. Your unit pays for this service through Parent Central Services.KoS is not available at all locations on post.For more information, a quote or to schedule an event, contact Parent & Outreach Services.
Volunteer Child Care in Unit Settings (VCCUS) is a volunteer-based childcare program that allows for on-site care during meetings and events organized by military units, Army Community Service (ACS) groups or Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Through VCCUS, Parent & Outreach Services will provide training to volunteers from the military unit or organization. The program is designed to allow the exchange of free and temporary childcare services during unit sessions when the demand is high or when child development center services are not available. Parents and guardians of children in VCCUS must be attending the same function and must remain at the site while their child is under volunteer care.
Units interested in the VCCUS program should contact Parent & Outreach Services for more information.
Parents Afternoon and Night Out
Parents Afternoon and Night Out is offered once a month at CDC 614 on the following dates/times:
Open to authorized personnel. Children must be registered with CYS.
Cost is $5 per child, per hour, infants through 5th grade. Payments must be made in advance when the reservation is made.
For more information call +1 (573)596-0120.
If you are interested in full-day or part-day child care, please visit http://www.militarychildcare.com to be placed on the waiting list for care.
Military Child Care is your portal for child care at installations around the world. Children can only be placed in child care after submitting a request for care through Military Child Care.
The Child and Youth Services Division provides support to installation families through five branches. The Fort Leonard Wood (FLW) Child Development Center offers full-day, part-day and hourly care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age who are not in school. The Family Child Care Program (FCC) is an in-home care program which offers a family atmosphere with a limited number of children. FCC also offers full-day, part-day and hourly care, but also offers extended hour care to include early morning, evening and weekend care. The School Age Services Program is a before and after school program and a full day program on non school days. This program is for children from kindergarten through 5th grade.
Registration for all child care programs on Fort Leonard Wood must be done through the Central Registration Office.
All children must be registered with CYS before they can attend the Hourly Care program. To register youth, contact Parent Central Services at +1 (573)596-0421 or +1 (573)596-0238.