Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS)

Fort Detrick Welcome Center

Mon 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tue 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wed 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thu 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
US Holidays Closed


Doughten Drive
Building 924


+1 (301)619-7100

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Forest Glen Welcome Center

Mon 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tue 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wed 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thu 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fri 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat Closed
Sun Closed
US Holidays Closed


Stephen Sitter Avenue
Building 161, Room 2


+1 (202)271-0535

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Welcome to the Fort Detrick Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS). We are happy that you have chosen our programs to assist you with your child care needs. We hope that together we can provide the nurturing, positive environment your child needs and deserves. Our goal is to assist each child by promoting his/her intellectual growth, physical ability, and social skills. We have the responsibility to provide a safe, healthy environment, enriching activities, and warm, loving care for every child enrolled in our programs.

We will strive to create a setting that enhances a child's self-concept and promotes a positive self-image. Under the regulatory guidance of AR 608-10, CYSS programs are offered as a supplement to the family, not as a substitute. We therefore seek your involvement and welcome your comments and questions. Thank you for entrusting your child to our care. We are sincere in our commitment to offer a high quality, developmental program for each child.

CYS Services Calendar

Our mission is to:

  • Enhance readiness and well being by reducing the conflict between mission and family responsibilities.
  • Facilitate family self reliance and reinforce Army values.
  • Ensure availability of predictable programs and services for children ages 6 weeks through 18 years old.
  • Establish and maintain Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) program quality as a benchmark for the nation in accordance with statutory requirements, DoD policy, and Army Standards. CYSS programs seek to “inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potentials as productive, responsible, and caring citizens”.
  • Enhance the development of children and youth. Maintain affordable child and youth programs and services for both the Army and parents.

 “The Military Child Development Program is a model for the nation for providing high-quality affordable childcare.” Senate Report 107-62, National Defense Authorization Act 2002

CYSS recognizes the challenges of our Soldiers and their Families. By offering quality programs and accountability for children and youth, CYSS reduces the conflict between mission readiness and parental responsibility!

  • Quality - Child care is DOD-certified and nationally accredited.
  • Availability - Child care is available on- and off-post
  • Affordability - Fees for various programs are competitively prices and affordable regardless of sponsor's income.
Register for Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS)

Parent Central Services operates as a one-stop shop for child/youth registration for all delivery systems. We are your first stop for information, registration and referrals. For your child to participate in any CYSS programs on Fort Detrick, you must complete our registration process.

Registration and program orientations are required for participation in CYSS programs. Patrons must provide the following:

  • Valid Military: Active Duty, DoD, or DoD Contractor ID Card
  • Military Single/Dual Families: Family Care Plan
  • Sponsor's Social Security Number
  • Proof of Child Eligibility (birth certificate, vital records, DEERS enrollment or child military ID card)
  • Child's up-to-date immunization record
  • Proof of family income (pay statements for all adults in the household)
  • Child's health assessment/physical
  • 2 local emergency designee and telephone numbers

Families must attend a parent orientation prior to starting in the program. Check with Parent Central Services for specific times and dates for parent orientation at each program.

Families wishing to enroll their children in a program with a waiting list need to complete the waiting list application with Parent Central Services. Families are responsible for notifying Parent Central Services every 90 days to update their status, failure to do so will result in removal from the list. Those families who are expecting a child are encouraged to complete a waiting list application as soon as possible as infant care has a long waiting time for placement. CYSS membership is transferable to other Army installations.

For additional program information or to schedule your appointment today, click here.

Child Care and Membership Fees

Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) fees are established annually by the Department of Defense standards and are based on total family income. Parents not providing documentation will be automatically charged the highest rate. Child care fees are subject to change and a 30 day advance notice will be given if such a change becomes necessary. FCC providers are encouraged to follow the CYSS fee policy to determine fee payments.

Fort Detrick Child, Youth and School Services Fee Charts:

Forest Glen Child, Youth and School Services Fee Charts:

Annual membership is FREE for all children. 2nd child receives 15% discount.

Army Family Covenant Discounts available for:

  • Families of Wounded Warriors and Warriors in Transition
  • Families of Fallen Warriors
  • Families of Deployed Military and DoD Civilians
  • Families of Military and DoD Civilians serving under the following orders: Temporary Change of Station (TCS) and Permanent Change of Station (PCS) unaccompanied tour and Temporary Duty (TDY) status for 90-179 days.
  • Families of Deployed Soldiers as identified on the Rear Detachment and Personnel Availability Report.
Child Development Center (CDC): 6 weeks - 5 years (Kindergarten)

Full Day Care

Ages 6 weeks-Kindergarten

CDCs are on-post child care centers that may offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for children in nationally accredited environments.

Full Day

Includes center-based service that meet the needs of working parents requiring child-care services up to 12 hours per day for children 6 weeks through kindergarten age on a regularly scheduled basis.  Breakfast, Lunch and Snacks are included.  Fees are based on total household income, full-day fees range from $236 - $614 per month.  We are also open on the first Friday of each month from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Pre-Kindergarten /Strong Beginnings / Kindergarten

Kindergarten may attend the pre-school when school is not in session.

Strong Beginnings is a 3.5 hours/day program 4 days/week that provides school readiness skills for children turning 4 by 1 September.

Pre-Kindergarten is a program for 3 - 5 year old children attending on a continual basis from September - May.  We offer a 2-day part-day preschool on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:15 a.m to 11:45 a.m.  Our 4-day program runs from Monday - Thursday from 8:15 a.m to 11:45 a.m. Both programs fees are based on your total houshold income.

Hourly Care              The drop-in/intermittent hourly care program includes center-based developmental childcare that meets the needs of parents requiring short-term childcare on an intermittent basis.  The combined usage of a part-day prekindergarten and hourly care may not exceed 20 hours per week.  Fees for hourly care are $4.00 per hour per child.


School Age Centers (SAC): Grades K-5/6*
Family Child Care: 4 weeks - Grades 5/6*
Babysitter Referral Services
Waiting List

It is sometimes necessary for families to be placed on a waiting list for child care if care is not readily available.  The waiting period may be different for each program and age group.  You may place your child(ren) on the waiting list by visiting Parent Central Services.

CYS Services Volunteer

CYS Services Volunteer

Parent volunteers are a very important resource for CYS Services. Registered children/youth benefit immensely from the knowledge and skill that volunteers provide to our programs. We're looking for enthusiastic people who want to help out, sharing their talents assisting and leading various activities such as reading to children, participating in field trips, making games, repairing toys, sewing with kids, etc.

Start by becoming a registered volunteer through Army Community Service's (ACS) Go-Volunteer to find out where your talents can be best used within CYS Services. By keeping track of your volunteer hours, you can qualify for Parent Participation Points.

School Liaison Officer

School Liaison Officers help Families communicate with school districts and schools regarding education issues (to include school personnel understanding the impact of deployment stress on military students), provide transition support, and link students and Families to education and post-secondary resources.

FAQ on Schools

For the most updated information about schools and educational resources in this area and on all Army garrisons, click on the link below or go to MyArmyOneSource/CYS Services/School Support. This site provides a wealth of information for transitioning Families. Scroll down to Easing School Transitions to find the School Support Services Information Pages listed by Army Garrison:

The SLO will:

  • Provide information on student registration in the local school system
  • Educate parents on the local school system, policies, procedures, programs, and schedules
  • Support home school families
  • Supply resource materials on primary, secondary, and post-secondary education
  • Coordinate with SAC for Homework Centers and Youth Technology Labs
  • Participate in Education Council Meetings to elevate parental issues for resolution

These initiatives prepare schools and installations to respond confidently to the complexities of transitions, and provide families the assurance that their children's academic well being is a priority. 


Military and Civilian sponsors are briefed on Child, Youth & School Services (CYS) Services as part of their in-processing with the installation.

Military and Civilian sponsors with children/youth (infant to age 18) should visit the School Liaison Officer for an explanation of educational options.


Military and Civilian sponsors with children (infant to age 18) will out-process through Child, Youth & School (CYS) Services School Liaison Officer (SLO) for an explanation of services available to ease the childcare/educational transition, transferring of CYS Services records, and School Liaison Officer (SLO) contact information for the gaining installation.

Families withdrawing children/students from schools must provide information for each child to the school. Proper withdrawal ensures that the current school prepares the child’s cumulative record, and ensures that the receiving school can begin new enrollment.

Military Impacted Schools Association (MISA) has a student checklist at the following site:

Contact your School Liaison Officer to begin.

School Education/Information
Home School Program

CYS Services provides support to registered children and youth that are home schooled by providing access to activities and facilities such as Youth Technology Labs (YTL). 

Contact your School Liaison Officer to begin.

Home School Links

A host nation, state, commonwealth, or territory where a DoD sponsor is stationed may impose legal requirements or restrictions on home schooling practices.

Home School Laws

Home Schooling Defense Association

Fort Detrick Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) provides Homeschooling Support Services through the School Support Services Office to all military, DoD Civilian, and Contract family members who have chosen to home school. School Support Services provides assistance in the area of technology lab, homework centers, fine arts, socialization, physical education, and summer camp adventures. Contact the Child Liaison Education Outreach Officer for more information on how School Support Services can assist your homeschooling needs.

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Youth Sports and Fitness

Sports & Fitness Program provides Team Sports, Individual Sports, Fitness and Health Programs and programming in the Child Development Centers, School Age and Youth Programs. Pre-registration is required for Sports & Fitness programs. Children and Youth that are currently registered in CYS Services can be enrolled in Sports & Fitness using WebTrac.

Sports Registration Form (.doc)

The National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS) has a website for evaluation of coaches. Parents have the opportunity to evaluate coaches on the NAYS website:   NOTE: Parents must have the coach member number to rate their coach. You can get this number from the CYS Services Sports & Fitness office. 

Sports Physical

A Sports specific physical must be completed annually, prior to the start of the sports season. The form must be completed with a doctor’s signature and stamp and submitted to Parent Central Services during registration. Hint: The best time to get your child’s physical, if possible, is in July so your child’s physical will be valid for all sports for one full year.

Sports' Physical (.pdf)


Want to be a volunteer coach? 

We are always looking for adult volunteer coaches. Contact the Youth Sports & Fitness Office to see about becoming a coach. Coaches receive free registration for spring sports.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Sports & Fitness Office.


Youth Services

The Youth Center provides activities for youth typically in grades 6-12*. Through formal partnerships with nationally-recognized youth-serving organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) youth have access to programs, standardized curricula, special events, camps, scholarships, and more. Computer labs and homework assistance are available at every Youth Center.

There are two components to the Youth Program:

  • The Middle School Program is generally for youth in grades 6-8*
  • The Teen Program is generally for youth in grades 9-12

The Youth Program is open after school, school closures and summer. Specialty camps and trips are held throughout the year. 

Visit the Youth Center, Parent Central Services or download the Youth Self-Registration Form

* Based on school configuration

Youth Sponsorship

Sponsors for your middle school or high school teens are available either through the youth program or school.

Army Youth Sponsorship Program

The Youth Sponsorship Club can help your teen learn about their new community and make new friends. Getting involved quickly helps children and teens fit in and feel less stress associated with their PCS move. All it takes to join the club is a visit to the school age or youth center or contact the School Liaison Officer.

Student2Student (S2S)

The Student2Student program connects current middle school and high school students with transitioning students.

Youth Sponsorship Registration

Please send an email to the School Liaison Officer (SLO) to request a sponsor. Also, you can download the Youth Sponsor Request Form, complete and include any additional information that might be helpful to the sponsorship staff in the assignment process as they attempt to pair you with a sponsor whom you will be most compatible with.