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Question:
What do I need to do in order to use the Child and Youth Services facilities on post?

Answer:
In order to use the Child and Youth Services programs in your military community, you must complete a registration process that may vary according to the type of programs you want your child to participate in. For example, to use the Child Development Services (CDS) for childcare, you will have to complete several standard registration forms that provide CDS management and care giving staff with child and family data needed for program management, health, safety, enrollment and admission requirements. The registration packet also includes several consent forms that outline the types of activities the child can participate in, any medication that may need dispensing while your child is at the CDS facility, emergency contact information, a family care plan (if applicable), and health assessment forms (including proof that your child’s immunizations are current). U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program (USDA CACFP) enrollment forms is used to determine patron eligibility categories and reimbursement levels for program participation is also included. The packet will also include a Sponsor/Program Agreement that outlines and clarifies the responsibilities of the parent or guardian and the CDS program regarding provision and acceptance of CDS services. While this list is not all-inclusive, it provides a summary of the key areas that are covered in the CDS Registration Packet. Note that you will need to update your child’s registration annually and that a registration fee normally applies.

Question:
What services do ASYMCA facilities provide?

Answer:
The Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) provides educational, recreational, social and religious support to the military.

Question:
Where can I find information about starting my own child care provider service in my home?

Answer:
There are many resources to consult here from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to your local Child Development Services office. If you wish to offer child care in your on-post or Government leased quarters, you MUST abide be certified by your military community's CDS office. Family Child Care (FCC) providers are welcomed in military communities because of the standards to which they are upheld. Children being cared for by FCC providers must go through the same registration process as they would to use the military CDS facilities. However, there is often more flexibility in the hours of care offered and perhaps more convenient locations. Consult your local CDS for more information on the rules and regulations for FCC providers.

Question:
Where can my teenager obtain babysitter training/classes?

Answer:
The American Red Cross offers Babysitter's Training courses that are often made available through the Child and Youth Services Programs in military communities. You may also find similar courses through your child's schools or local Boys and Girls Clubs.
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