Child, Youth and School Services
Child, Youth and School Services includes the Child Development Center, Family Child Care, Parent and Outreach Services, the School Age Center, Youth Education and School Support Services, Youth Sports and Fitness, the Middle School/Teen Program, EDGE! and HIRED!, and the Soldier & Family Assistance Center Child Care Program. Children and youth participants must be registered with CYSS Parent Central Services. Registration is free; however, additional fees are charged for sports, events and camps.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER
The Child Development Center is nationally accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offers all the primary child care services for children 6 weeks through preschool.
Hourly Care: The CDC hourly care program provides intermittent, short-term care for children 6 weeks to preschool 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Telephone: (502) 624-6708.
Full-day Care: This program provides developmental care for children 6 weeks to preschool. Hours of operation are 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Two meals and a snack are provided through USDA support in the full-day rate. Telephone: (502) 624-6702.
Part-day Programs: Monday through Friday, a part-day preschool for ages 3-5 years is available (three-day program) 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and (two-day program) 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday and Thursday. CDC is located in buildings 4249 and 4250 at 1595 Bullion Blvd. Telephone: (502) 624-6702/6708.
FAMILY CHILD CARE
On- and off-post in-home care is available for children 4 weeks through fifth grade. Care is provided by an adult who is certified by the Family Child Care program. The FCC staff has certified the individual providing care and inspected and approved the home before children may be accepted for care. Extended care is available evenings and weekends. FCC is located within the Hansen Center at 1053 Spearhead Division Ave., Building 1053. Telephone: (502) 624-1818.
Registration: Information regarding registration for all Child, Youth and School Services programs can be obtained from Parent Central Services by calling 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Registration is done by appointment 1 to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Walk-in appointments are available9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, with the last walk-in taken at 11:30 a.m. Thursday hours are extended to 5:30 p.m. for customer convenience. All families are encouraged to visit Parent Central in Building 1384 in the basement to register their children as soon as they arrive on the installation. Also, military families moving to Fort Knox may have their children’s CYSS information exported from the previous installation to Fort Knox Parent Central Services. Parent Central Services is located at 1384 Chaffee Ave., Building 1384. Telephone: (502) 624-6703.
Kids-on-Site (KOS): This program provides on-site hourly care when parents using child care services are attending the same on-post function. KOS will be provided in the same facility or in a building immediately adjacent to the facility where the parents are in attendance. Units and special interest groups can call the KOS director for information about arranging KOS special evening and weekend child care. Special openings: KOS can also plan, by request, special openings and extended hours at the Child Development Center. Child care is also offered at Gammon Physical Fitness Center. Individuals or unit representatives should call the KOS office at (502) 624-7413.
School Age Center (SAC)
The School Age Center is nationally accredited through the Council on Accreditation. Designed for children in kindergarten through fifth grade, the School Age Center program includes before- and after-school and part-time care Monday through Friday. It is open 5:30 to 8 a.m. and 2:30 to 6 p.m.weekdays. Full-day care is available 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. during school intercessions, summer months and school holidays. A computer lab, homework center, intercession camps, summer camps and other special activities are an integral part of the fun-filled services provided through SAC. SAC is an affiliate member of the Boys & Girls Club of America and 4-H. Children and youth participants must be registered with CYSS. Registration is free; please call Parent Central Services for more info at (502) 624-6703. SAC is at 4251 Chaffee Ave., Building 4251. Telephone: (502) 624-6903.
Youth Education and School Support Services
Youth Education and School Support Services are designed to address the emotional needs of transitional students and their families; promote military parents’ involvement in education; develop and maintain partnerships between the installation, parents, youth, and on- and off-post schools; provide home school linkage; and provide access and referral to resources that enhance military youth education. Overarching services include: Partners in Education, Military Family Life Consultants, Parent Education, Academic Enrichment Programs, and Staff and Community Training related to education. Telephone: Youth Education Support Services: (502) 624-1784 and School Liaison Officers: (502) 624-2305.
The name SKIESUnlimited combines the acronym for “Schools of Knowledge, Inspiration, Exploration and Skills” with the word “Unlimited” for the unlimited learning possibilities this initiative offers Army children and youth. SKIESUnlimited is part of CYSS and encompasses instructional programs for children and youth from infancy to the teen years. SKIESUnlimited provides a four-school framework: School of Academic Skills, Mentoring and Intervention; School of Arts, Recreation and Leisure; School of Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership; and School of Sports, Fitness and Health. Classes are held at the SKIESUnlimited Gym located at 4555 Ballard Ave., Building 4555, and the Hansen Center located at 1053 Spearhead Division Ave., Building 1053. Telephone: SKIESUnlimited Gym: (502) 624-6615 and Hansen Center: (502) 624-3126.
Youth Sports and Fitness
Youth Sports and Fitness offers an extensive sports program for children age 2 through 12th grade. Programs include instructional and team competition in flag and tackle football, basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, volleyball, archery and bowling. Individual sports are also offered. The Caruso Youth Sports Complex offers an array of sports fields with complete setup and lighting. The complex is located at 718 Ninth Cavalry Regiment Ave., Building 718. Telephone: (502) 624-4747.
Middle School/Teen (MST) Program
Devers Middle School and Teen Center, Building 5543, offers open recreation activities and has a game room, gymnasium, homework center, 15-station computer lab, fitness room, multipurpose room and dance club. Open recreation is available for youth in sixth through 12th grades. Hours of operation are 2:30 to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 1:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 2:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Additional hours for ages 13 to 18 are 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Occasional special trips and openings are offered Sunday. When school is dismissed for intercession or inclement weather, the facility opens at 1 p.m.
The middle school and teen programs are designed to provide youth with leisure and recreation, life skills, self-improvement and leadership programs. Activities such as dances, tournaments and field trips are scheduled nearly every weekend, with self-improvement and leadership programs scheduled on a regular basis. Teens can dance nightly in the Teen Xzibit. High School students enjoy the High School room which provides the latest gaming systems, flat screen TVs, pool table, pingpong, internet, computers, and concession-like refreshments.
Opportunities also exist for youth to participate in one of the many 4-H and Boys & Girls Club after-school programs and clubs offered at Devers MST Center Monday through Friday. A free daily USDA snack is provided to participants. Teens are strongly encouraged to express their programming ideas, concerns and issues during the Teen Council meeting held monthly at Devers. Devers MST Center is located at 5543 Chaffee Ave., Building 5543. Telephone (502) 624-6442.
The EDGE! programs are offered periodically, providing out-of-school opportunities for children and youth (first through 12th grade) to experience, develop, grow and excel by participating in cutting-edge art, fitness, life skills and adventure activities. For more information about the EDGE! program, call (502) 624-3167.
Workforce Preparation provides youth opportunities to explore career choices and entrepreneurial enterprises, identify interests, set career-related goals, and enables them to successfully enter the work place. Experiences may include, but are not limited to, classes in resume writing, interview skills, dressing for success, office communication, interpersonal relations, or opportunities for job-shadowing, apprenticeships and entrepreneurships. This program will afford youth the opportunity to attend job fairs, college nights and other related special events. Telephone: (502) 624-3167.