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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), School Age Centers (SAC), Family Child Care (FCC), a Youth Center (YC), 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.
General questions about JBLM Child and Youth Services can be answered by calling 253-966-2977 or go to https://jblm.armymwr.com/.
The FCC program offers certified providers who offer quality childcare homes in base housing. Childcare is provided for children 4 weeks - 12 years of age. All persons who provide childcare in government quarters (over ten 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.
For information on becoming a certified FCC provider, please call 253-967-3039.
All 6 of the Child Development Centers 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 is designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth in children, and emphasizes creative, developmentally appropriate activities and experiences.
School Age Centers (SAC)
The SAC program offers before/after school care, full day programming on non-school days, and summer/seasonal break camps for children kindergarten through 5th grade.
The 3 SAC programs are DoD Certified and have been awarded accreditation by the Council on Accreditation.
Home Alone and Babysitting
Multiple factors (age, responsibility level, maturity, ability to react in an emergency, etc.) must be considered by parents/guardians when determining if your child is ready to be left home alone.
On JBLM, children ages 0-9 must be in direct supervision of an adult at all times. They cannot be left home alone for any period of time. Children 10 years of age may be left home alone for up to 2 hours as long as an adult is aware of their location and activities at all times, and an emergency contact is available. From ages 11-17, parents must assess the youth's ability for self-care. As a guideline, youth ages 11-12 should not be home along longer than 4 hours, youth ages 13-15 no longer than 6 hours, and youth ages 16-17 no longer than 10 hours.
JBLM CYS offers a 4H Babysitters Course at the Hillside Youth Center for youth ages 13 and older to prepare them to be able to care for other children. As a guideline on JBLM, youth ages 13-14 may babysit up to 3 hours without adult supervision, youth ages 15-17 can babysit during the day but not overnight hours, and overnight babysitters must be at least 18 years old.
Eligibility: 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 are eligible to utilize CYS programs.
Registration: You can register for all CYS programs at CYS Parent Central Services which is located at building 2295 at the corner of 12th & Bitar. They can also be reached at 253-967-2977. The following documents are required to register your child:
Waitlist: To request care, visit www.militarychildcare.com to select your preferred care options for FCC, CDC, and SAC full-day or before/after school programs. Spaces are offered in accordance with Department of Defense Priorities. To register for Youth Center or Youth Sports programs, please visit Parent Central Services.
Department of Defense Priorities for Care:
Fees: All fees are based on Department of Defense Policy and standardized throughout the military. Fees are determined by total family income. Joint Base Lewis-McChord is considered a "high cost area". Please visit Parent Central Services for more information on fees for childcare and Youth Sports programs.