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United States Army
Child and Youth Registration and Referral/ Family Child Care/Child Development Homes
Box 339500 MS 20
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98433-9500
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.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord has an excellent child and youth services program, to include Child Development Centers (CDC), Family Child Care (FCC) and School Age Services (SAS), Youth Sports & Fitness and School Support Services. You can put your child's name on the waiting list prior to your arrival by going to Militarychildcare.com.
JBLM Child and Youth Services offers a variety of optional child care services to include: On-Site Child Care for Organizations thru Kids on Site (KOS) and Resource and Referral for child care services.
General questions about JBLM Child and Youth Services can be answered by calling 253-966-2977 or go to https://jblm.armymwr.com/ (government computer)
The FCC program offers certified providers who offer quality child care homes in Base housing. Child care is provided for children ages 4 weeks - 12 years of age. All persons who provide child care in government quarters (over ten child hours per week) are required to be certified through this program. This requirement does not apply to the care given to children in the home of or by the parent or guardian.
*Also certified family childcare homes that provide care for children 6 weeks - 12 years of age.
All 5 of the Child Care Centers on JBLM and 1 on Yakima are DoD Certified and Nationally Accredited by the National Association for the education of Young Children (NAEYC). Comprehensive programs are available for children 6 weeks - 12 years of age. The curriculum, designed to promote social, physical and intellectual growth in children, emphasizes creative, developmentally appropriate activities and experiences.
Centers on Installation /Programs Available
To register call 253-966-2977 or preregister at CYS website click on webtrac
School Age Services
The SAS program offers Before/After School care/camps for children Kindergarten through 5th grade. The 3 SAS programs are DoD Certified have been awarded accreditation by the Council on Accreditation.
For more information about Child and Youth programs and services please go to the website
Active Duty Military Personnel, APF & NAF DoD Civilian Personnel, Reservists and National Guard on active duty or during inactive duty personnel training and DoD Contractors.
Other CYSS programs
Kids on Site (KOS) program - KOS onsite child care at approved locations. Child care for FRG meetings and some Chapel services and programs.
Youth Sports & Fitness - Soccer, baseball, cross country, basketball, Special Olympics, swimming. Patrons may enroll at Parent Central Services.
Children under 12 years old will not be left alone in government quarters. Children will not be left in the care of anyone less than 13 years old. Children will not be supervised by someone under the age of 17 years old for long periods of time.
All family members and guests 12 years old and younger will be in their quarters weekdays at 10:00 pm and weekends 11:00 pm, including holidays, unless accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Waiting List and Priorities for Care
All fees are based on Department of Defense Policy and are standardized throughout the Military. Fees are determined by total Family Income. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is considered a "high cost area."
Once at JBLM, families can register at CYS Parent Central Services which is located at Building 2295 which is at the corner of 12th & Bitar. The following documents are needed to register your child for any CDS program:
Patrons are asked to download the forms and review the different CYS programs at https://webtrac.mwr.army.mil/webtrac103/wbwsc/lewiscyms.wsc/wbsplash.html?wbp=1#