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United States Army
Child, Youth and School Services
Sterrebeek Belgium 1932
A wide range of programs are available for youth and teens, including youth sports and recreation programs, educational programs and programs that support leadership and career development. Please review the information to learn what programs and services are available at this installation.
Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services, and child care- USAG Benelux Brussels CYS Services provides high quality youth programs, child care, school liaison services, and parent outreach and liaison services. Thus, parents can continue to support the mission with confidence knowing their children are receiving excellent care in a positive, healthy, and engaging environment.
Welcome to the USAG Benelux - Brussels Child, Youth and School Services- WHERE YOU BELONG!
Child, Youth & School Services recognizes the challenges of our Soldiers and their Families. By offering quality programs for children and youth, CYS Services reduces the conflict between mission readiness and parental responsibility and enriching the quality of life of families who serve.
Our programs are open to all Brussels area children and youth ages 6 weeks through 12th grade, whose parents/guardians are US ID card holders supporting the USAG Benelux - Brussels, NATO, US Embassy, or the US Mission to the EU or NATO.
Parent Central Services
You may enroll your child for one of our many programs here too. For more information about available programs, contact the Central Registration at 02-280-9522.
All annual registrations with CYSS are free. In order to take advantage of our programs, bring a copy of your child’s vaccination record, a current physical, and two emergency contacts numbers. We will help you do the rest!
Middle School Teen Center
The Middle School Teen Center (MS/T) is located in our our Sterrebeek Annex CYS Center building number 80015. We are open to youth in 6th-12th grade on school days out 1:00 - 6:00 p.m. and after school until 6:00 p.m., and this program is free!! Every youth enrolled in the CYS Services is eligible to use the program. The MS/T program occasionally opens for care before 1:00 p.m., such as fall, winter, and spring breaks, and on School Days Out. These morning services are charged at a small hourly fee, and include meals. Contact our CYSS Parent Central at 02-280-9522.
Occasionally CYS Services offers a special openings and events such as Parent’s Night Out for infants through school age children, Club VIP for teens, holiday parties, family game nights, and more. Cost for these events varies, and sometimes are even free. These events are advertised through community bulletins and AFN, so stay tuned for more information about our next event. Children/Youth must be enrolled in CYS Services to participate in most of these special events.
Youth Sponsorship and Newcomers Program
Welcome to Brussels! USAG Benelux - Brussels CYS Services Youth Sponsorship program is designed to facilitate the integration of children of members of the armed forces and civil service into and out of the Brussels Community. All youth between the ages of six and 19 years may apply for a youth sponsor prior to their arrival. Our goal is to help ease the transition process for children in grades K-12 by providing them information on schools and great activities for youth in the area.
We are always looking for 4-5 dedicated volunteer youth to help out. Volunteers should be in grades 3-12. Your job? Writing letters to new students moving here to Brussels and who are looking for a sponsor/friend before they arrive, meeting them once they arrive, and going on a free field trip in the local area once in a while. During the summer, there is also an opportunity to participate in one or two fun events to meet the newcomers. Training will be offered throughout the year to youth volunteers who are interested. Community and volunteer hours will be awarded for help with this project.
For more information call 011-32-2-280-9521 DSN 314-597-9521 or 011-32-2-280-9522 DSN 314-597-9522.
Youth Sports and Fitness
CYS Services Youth Sports and Fitness offers a variety of programs for youth in our community. Currently we offer soccer and flag football in the fall; basketball and volleyball in the winter; and baseball/t-ball, running club, and soccer in the spring. During the summer months, we run various sports clinics for basketball, and soccer. We also incorporate health and fitness activities into our daily programming. The fee for Youth Sports Activities usually ranges from $40-$60. Youth ages 3 -15 are eligible for participation in our programs, provided they are currently enrolled in CYSS. Opportunities for families to participate in our sports programs that do not have regular USAG access may be available through a sponsorship program. Contact Parent Central at 02-280-9522.
Start Smart Sports
Start Smart Sports are developmental sports programs for children ages 3-5 and their parents. The cost is usually around $25 per child but varies by sport. The programs are designed to prepare young children for various sports, by teaching early skills, cooperation, and teamwork. Parents and children participate together in sessions facilitated by our staff. These sessions are designed to develop children’s skills and self-esteem within a safe, fun, and non-competitive context. Start Smart Sports usually run parallel to the related Youth Sports program of the season. Contact Parent Central at 02 280 9522 for more information.
Are you new to Brussels and have school-aged children? Are you searching for Belgian childcare, pre-school or K-12 school options for your children? The USAG Benelux - Brussels Child & Youth Services can help you. The CYSS Outreach Services and/or School Liaison Office can offer you full support in finding the contact information and location of a school near your home, with language and in otherwise making the connection to help you find the right placement for your child. For more information contact Parent Central at 02-280-9522.
Would you like a class on parenting a child with ADHD, sibling rivalry, or other life skills? Would you like a CPR or First Aid class? Maybe you would like to volunteer your time at the Center and teach the children a talent, read a book, or run a cooking club. Do you Home School and want to use the CYS Facility or computer lab for a Home School Co-op? Do you want to participate in a survey? CYS Outreach services offers Parent Education and Liaison services to paren7 ts in our community. To find out what’s available, when the next Parent Advisory Council meeting will be, or to just get some more information, contact our Outreach Services Director at DSN 314-597-9529 and COM +32 2 280 9529.
School Liaison Services
School Support Services - Connecting Families, Schools & Communities.
School Support Services offers support to families by building relationships and facilitating communication among the Command, Army Families and the local school community. In addition School Support Services informs and assist parents with school transition and deployment challenges by offering information, workshops and resources.
As part of School Support Services, the driving force for student success is the School Liaison Officer (SLO) that serves as the “link” between the Army, families, schools, the community and resources. The SLO’s support is threefold by assisting the student 1) prior to their arrival with information and obtaining a youth sponsor 2) by assisting the student while at the installation and 3) assisting when they are preparing to depart. The SLO can provide contact information for the Brussels American School, local Belgian schools and the POC for homeschooling. The SLO works to ease the transition of Brussels youth both in and out of the community. The SLO also provides information about college and other post-secondary opportunities, scholarship resources and college preparation materials.
We invite youth to joins us for our Youth Sponsorship day during the summer so they can meet friends and get to know other youth in Brussels. For more information call SHAPE CIV: 011 32 65326813 or DSN: 366-6813 or Brussels CIV: 011-32-22-80-9530 or DSN: 597-9530. You may also find School Liaison officer information at Europe.armymwr.com/slo.
Both SAS and MST centers offer an exciting camp program during the summer months. Our 10 week camp provides a wonderful way for youth to visit many exciting places in Belgium and Europe. Summer camps run every day during the DoDDs school summer break with the exception of the July 4th holiday.
Summer Camp brochures come out during the spring quarter with a full plan of summer activities, themed weeks, and field trips. Spots fill up fast, and are on a first-come, first-served basis to all registered CYS Service youth. Parents must sign up and pay before the deadline each week.
CYS Services and the Army Family
For more information call 011-32-2-280-95221 DSN 314-597-9522.
We invite youth to joins us for our Youth Sponsorship day during the summer so they can meet friends and get to know other youth in Brussels. For more information call SHAPE CIV: 011 32 65326813 or DSN: 366-6813 or Brussels CIV: 011 32 2 280 9530 or DSN: 597-9530. You may also find School Liaison officer information at Europe.armymwr.com/slo.