Morale, Welfare & Recreation
Updated On: 1/21/2013 3:39:34 PM
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The Navy New Orleans Child and Youth Programs (CYP) serve children 6 weeks to 18 years of age in high-quality, nationally accredited programs.
Local instructions and standard operating procedures (SOPs) are available to all patrons and are located in all facilities. Policies and guidelines are coordinated through the Navy safety office, preventive medicine, fire department, family advocacy, and Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC-912). Key indicators of quality that we adhere to include:
• Child abuse prevention measures:
o Two staff members with each group of children at all times.
o 100 percent parent sign-in/sign-out, and 100 percent ID check at pickup time.
o Closed circuit television recording in the child development centers (protects nonverbal children).
o Low staff-to-child ratios and implemented maximum group sizes.
o Thorough background clearance and medical screening.
• Early childhood education specialist on site to provide mandatory, ongoing professional staff development.
CYP professionals to implement safe, healthy, educational and developmentally appropriate programs and activities with the children.
• Low staff turnover and competitive wages for CYP professionals.
• Parent involvement program to include events, activities, education and board meetings.
• Developmentally appropriate curriculum, and staff to articulate the curriculum.
Navy CYP assists parents in meeting their military obligation and the mission of the installation by creating a safe, enriched environment that promotes quality programming where children are encouraged to develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Program Goals and Objectives
• Build physical development and skills.
• Promote social competence and positive relationships with others.
• Foster emotional well-being and a sense of trust and respect for self and others.
• Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment.
• Develop initiative, problem-solving and decisionmaking skills.
• Advance creative expression, representation and appreciation for the arts.
• Promote language and literacy development.
• Develop self-discipline and the ability to seek out and complete self-selected tasks.
• Cultivate respect and appreciation of differences and the uniqueness of diverse cultures and traditions.
• Support sound health, safety and nutritional practices.
Navy Child and Youth Programs provide high-quality educational and recreational programs. Teams of caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of children. The staff fosters a sense of independence, trust and responsibility within each child through understanding and respectful interactions. Likewise, through positive relationships, our programs respect and support the ideals, cultures and values of families in their task of nurturing children and youth. The CYP staff members are advocates for children, families and the child and youth professionals within our programs and surrounding communities.
The central enrollment and waiting list office maintains eligibility requirements, priority for care categories, fees (based on total family income requirements), request for care forms, and information about contracts for special evening and weekend openings. As the demand for child care has increased in the military community, subsidized Child Development Homes (CDH) have become a viable alternative for the Navy New Orleans CYP to help bridge the gap between the needs of personnel and the availability of centerbased care. CDH provides the only business authorized and sanctioned by the Navy in government-owned or leased housing. Child development home providers care for up to six children in their housing units at both NAS JRB and NSA. The CDH provides care for children whose parents prefer a homelike setting or work evenings, weekends or shift hours. The CDH providers care for children six weeks to 12 years of age in a loving, learning environment. Hours are listed in the individuals’ Parent/Provider Contract.
CYP Facilities and Hours of Operation
The Child Development Centers (CDC) offer fullday, developmentally appropriate programs for children of active-duty and authorized civilian parents from infancy to 5 years of age (if not eligible for kindergarten).
The CDC is located in Building 528 behind the Naval Branch Health Clinic Belle Chasse and is open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Youth and School Age Care (SAC) Programs offer before- and after-school programs for children kindergarten to 12 years of age during the school year and full-day care during school holidays and summer camps. Teen programs are offered for youth 13 to 18 years of age (18 if still in school) and a variety of youth sports. Navy Youth Programs have partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to provide core programs that build character through everyday leadership and guidance in behavior and attitude. The trained CYP professionals are positive adult mentors and role models, encouraging children to reach their full potential as responsible, productive citizens.
School Age Care (SAC) is offered in Building 561 and is combined with the Youth Center on NAS JRB near Belle Chasse Academy (BCA). SAC hours are weekdays, 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Holiday and summer camp hours are weekdays, 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. A variety of youth sports and cheerleading is offered throughout the year.
The teen center at NAS JRB is open on Friday, 3 to 8 p.m., for youth 13 to 18 years old.
All child and youth programs are closed on federal holidays (New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day). They are also closed for Mardi Gras and any other day sanctioned by the NAS JRB commanding officer.
Drop-in care is provided on a space-available basis for all CYP Programs by calling each facility or the CDH office. Reservations for drop-in care are also accepted. Please call on the day that care is required for availability status. Drop-in care is $5 per hour per child. Children are accepted for drop-in care throughout the hours of operation. Fees for drop-in care are due when the child/children are picked up from the program on the same day that care was provided.
Care outside normal hours for special events in the evening or weekends can be contracted for CDC or CDH settings through the central enrollment office.
Child Development Homes
Child development homes are an important part of the Navy’s quality-of-life enhancement. The homes also provide a career opportunity for military spouses living in housing, a career that easily transfers from one duty station to the next. Providers can provide service in the evenings and weekends and can accommodate shift workers' schedules.
The CYP staff, and command representatives:
• Help to ensure certified providers are successful and provide a positive experience for children.
• Assist providers in completing the certification process and support their continued professional growth.
• Provide assurance for parents by visiting each home at least monthly to verify all inspection standards are met.
• Support both parents and providers through home visits and a variety of ongoing training and parent involvement opportunities. The CDH office and lending library provide resources and guidance for both parents and providers to enhance the total quality experience for families.
Parents using CDH are assured that:
• Maximum group sizes ensure each child receives opportunities for love, encouragement, guidance and individual attention.
• Homes meet minimum health, fire and safety standards.
• Providers have successfully completed background screenings.
• Providers' family members are in good health, as are all the children in care.
• Providers are trained in developmentally appropriate practices to aid in the development of the whole child.
Because of legal implications and liabilities, CDH providers must purchase liability insurance before caring for children and are required to maintain personal liability insurance to protect themselves and the Navy against potential liability claims. Providers are required to carry insurance because they are independent private contractors and not employees of MWR or the U.S. Government.
School Liaison Officer (SLO)
Connecting Military Families, Commands and K-12
The School Liaison Officer (SLO) serves as the primary liaison between schools, commanders and military parents pertaining to K-12 educational issues. The SLO informs and links military families to the resources and information needed to maximize educational opportunities to ensure academic success for all military children. The School Liaison Officer functions as the face of the command to the educational community as well as the face of the educational community to the command.
There are Seven Core Services
1. School Transition Services (PCS cycle)
2. Deployment Support
3. Special Education System Navigation
4. Command, School and Community Communication
5. Home School Linkage and Support
6. Partnerships in Education (PIE)
7. Post-Secondary Preparations
Chain of Command
The Child and Youth Programs operate under OPNAVINST 1700.9E and local instructions. They appreciate feedback on customer service and welcome all comments or concerns. Concerns or issues should be addressed with the child’s caregiver or lead education technician immediately. If they remain unresolved, parents should talk to the program director. Parents not satisfied with the response from the child’s program director should contact the CDC director at NAS JRB who has oversight of all Navy New Orleans CYP, or the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Director, who reports directly to the NAS JRB commanding officer. Parents who feel the need to address a comment or complaint in writing may email the program director at email@example.com or mail it to: Navy MWR
Building 305 Russell Avenue
NAS JRB New Orleans, LA 70143-5012
Fitness Center & Gymnasium
The base fitness center is a state-of-the-art facility equipped with a full assortment of cardio equipment, free weights and weight equipment for a total body workout. The gymnasium features two side courts for basketball/volleyball within the full-length hardwood floor basketball court. The fitness center has an aerobics room, a racquetball court, Wallyball court and family fitness parent area where the kids can play while Mom or Dad watch them while they work out. The fitness center is equipped with full showers and locker rooms. Dry saunas are located in the men’s and women’s locker rooms. Scheduled aerobics classes, spin classes and other similar classes are offered. The fitness center offers personalized training and family fitness instruction and classes. Two running trails are available with distances ranging from a half mile to five miles.
The fitness center also offers a year-round schedule of tournaments and leagues. All tenant commands are eligible to participate in the “Captain’s Cup” competition for athletic supremacy among the military commands in the New Orleans area. The center’s staff is happy to assist with organizing games or matches, e.g., racquetball, softball, basketball or softball games.
Available at the fitness center:
• Selectorized equipment with 22 individual stations that strengthens all major groups, with free orientation. • Complete line of free weights, including dumbbells, a variety of benches, a Gravitron and a cable crossover. • Cardiovascular items include: treadmills, elliptical
cross-trainers, three different kinds of bikes and stair climbers. Theater TV sound is available on most cardio equipment. There is a Krankcycle and Matrix Functional Trainer available for wounded and disabled warriors.
• Athletic gear issue includes towels; weight belts; racquetball racquets, balls and safety eyewear; tennis racquets; basketballs; volleyballs; softball equipment and gloves; and party bags (include volleyball, horseshoes, softball).
• Gatorade, water and a variety of Arizona Tea products for sale.
• Courts include racquetball, basketball, volleyball and Wallyball.
• Men's and women’s locker rooms and saunas.
Sports Complex Field
The Sports Complex features two standard tennis courts, a football/soccer field, a quarter-mile track, pavilion, playground and restrooms. The softball field is currently under renovation. Lights for the track and football/soccer will be coming soon. To use the fields and pavilion call the fitness center at 678-3230.
Located between Building 456 (Fitness Center) and Building 410 (Liberty Center) is the main multipurpose field with lights for softball and football, a small playground area for the kids and a concession area with restrooms. This area will be closing soon to make room for the new Bowling and ITT Center.
Traditionally, the pool is open Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. The pool is 25 yards and L-shaped, with a water slide, children’s water park and wading pool. Swimming lessons are available during select periods in the summer. Military lap swim is Tuesday through Friday, 6 to 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Recreational swim is available seven days a week. The pool may be rented for special functions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday after normal operating hours. Swim class registration and pool pass purchases can be done at the pool during hours of operation. Summer thunderstorms will affect hours of operation.
Bayou Fun Time Bowl
The Bayou Fun Time Bowling Center boasts the "flavor of N'awlins" capitalizing on a Mardi-Gras theme. It is an eight-lane AMF/Qubica state-of-the-art USBC Sanctioned Bowling Center that features a user-friendly and fully automated scoring system. All lanes have automatic retractable bumpers that will deploy and retract for individual bowlers, allowing parents and children to bowl together with bumpers up for the kids and down for adults. "Dinosaur bowling” for the very young allows children to place the ball on the dinosaur’s head and roll it down its tail — if they're able to lift a four-pound ball, they can bowl!
The pricing cannot be touched by off-base bowling centers, and numerous discounts and specials are routinely offered. Bayou Bowl is a comfortable, familyoriented, protected and safe environment. They host a variety of bowling leagues, bowling clubs, tournaments and events year-round with full details advertised throughout the base and posted in the center. Complimentary bowling for active-duty military is available every Monday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., and for military retirees on Friday.
Friday nights showcase “Cosmic Bowling,” a futuristic glow-in-the-dark event with more than 100 DMX-controlled special-effects lights, laser lighting, black lights and a fogger. Our extensive and diverse music database boasts more than 10,000 songs. The center routinely hosts a variety of themed events to include, but not limited to: Christmas in July; Haunted Bowling on Da Bayou, Special Mardi-Gras Celebration, Bowling with the Easter Bunny, and just about any occasion that we can find a reason to celebrate. Bayou Bowl was even showcased on ESPN as the prelude show to the 2010 and 2011 Super Bowls for hosting the Chris Paul Celebrity Invitational Bowling Tournament.
The center has a full-service snack bar featuring a variety of short-order foods including shrimp, chicken strips, four types of pizza and liquid refreshments that include fruit juice, fountain soda, beer or wine — we have it all. They also offer a plated daily meal special for less than $8 that often includes red beans and rice, ribs, brisket and pulled pork.
Popular and diverse party packages meet the needs of any event for any age and can accommodate from five to 80 guests, to include by the hour, by the meal, or rental of the entire bowling center with a buffet food package for closed events. The "cost per child" kids’ party packages are under $10 per guest, which includes 2 1/2 hours of bowling; shoe rental; a choice of meal and soft drink … check out any bowling center in New Orleans, and you will find this price amazing! Additional discounts are also offered for official command functions and approved fundraising events. The center is open 361 days every year with closings only for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Mardi Gras. Rain or shine, day or night, blazing heat or freezing cold, young to old, making sure everyone's needs are met. For questions, pricing or copies of the menu, send an email to david. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bayou Fun Time Grill
Bayou Fun Time Grill, located next to the bowling center, is a limited service kitchen which includes eat-in or take-out service, or purchase your meal at the diner and eat in the bowling center to enjoy the comfortable New Orleans-themed environment. The grill offers breakfast from 6:30 to 10 a.m. and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast items include eggs to order, omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, a full breakfast platter and a variety of side items and juices.
The lunchtime menu is highlighted with halfpound all-beef TNT burgers, quarter-pound smoked sausages and hot dogs that can be loaded with a variety of choices. Add french fries and a soft drink to any item for $2. The prices cannot be touched by any off-base food service franchise, and no tax! The grill also boasts a daily plated complete meal lunch special that will fill you up, but won't empty your wallet. Plated daily specials include spaghetti and meatballs; hamburger steak in brown gravy; fish platter and more. All come with vegetables, bread and a soft drink.
To receive an email of the complete menu, send a request to email@example.com.
Auto Care Center
The Auto Care Center in Building 42 is for times when people prefer to “do it themselves.” The shop has the equipment and tools for changing a spark plug, doing a major overhaul or carrying out a restoration project. The facility provides equipment for routine car maintenance such as oil change/lube, tire mounting, brake service, tire repair, tire rotation/balance, replacing belts, hoses, CV axles and struts. The center also offers two motorcycle lifts, a tire balancer, a tire changer and outdoor bays for extended jobs.
A CD library of repair manuals and tools (including metric) are available to patrons. Other availabilities include radiator flushing, air conditioner recharging, computerized tire spin balancing equipment and hydraulic lifts. Trained MWR personnel are available to assist patrons in performing do-it-yourself projects. All fees are based upon work being performed and are available to active-duty, retired and reserve military members, DoD civilian employees and family members.
For a small fee, park your “FOR SALE” vehicle in the Autorama. This is a great opportunity to display your car, boat, camper, etc. for all to see. Autorama is operated by the Auto Care Center and is open the same hours. The lot is in the Auto Care Center parking lot next to Building 42.
Outdoor Gear Rental
Outdoor Gear Rental in Building 42 offers a wide and varied selection of gear to meet the needs of outdoor events. The following is a sampling of gear available for your next indoor or outdoor party: coolers, canopies, tables, chairs, barbecue grills, crawfish pots and turkey fryers. Outdoor rental also offers the following camping and fishing equipment: propane accessories, tents, sleeping bag pads, sleeping bags, boats, canoes, life vests and a variety of box trailers.
Outdoor Storage with 24-hour access is available at NAS JRB for cars, campers, boats or any recreational vehicle. Call the NAS JRB Auto Hobby Shop at 678- 3448 for all outdoor storage needs.
Aviation Arbor RV Park
The RV part at NAS JRB New Orleans opened in 2012. Aviation Arbor offers 45 short-term RV and camper slips with laundry and shower facilities on site. Handicap and pull-through slips are available. Cost is $20 per day or $120 per week; all slips have a 14-day stay limit. Call 678-3447 for reservations, which are not required but recommended.
Make reservations for a pavilion at the Aviation Arbor RV Park Office, 678-3447. Site One: Plaquedilla Park (Next to Building 45) — This covered site accommodates 200 and has electricity, ceiling fans, water, picnic tables and inside restrooms. It also has access to the softball field, volleyball courts, playground and outdoor basketball court. Site Two: (Next to Building 410) — This shaded-deck site accommodates 100 and has picnic tables, a grill and a volleyball court. Restrooms are within 100 yards.
ITT (Information, Tickets & Travel)
ITT New Orleans has general information about the base and the local area, specializing in recreation and tourism. ITT offers bus trips for different interests and shuttle services from the base to downtown, the airport, and the cruise terminal. ITT has discount tickets to many tourist attractions locally and nationwide, including swamp boat tours, city tours, steamboat cruises and sporting events. There is also a Ticketmaster outlet for your convenience with access to local special events like concerts and festivals. Additionally, at ITT you can find a full-service travel agency offering airline tickets, all-inclusive vacations, Amtrak trips, cruises, Disney and Universal packages, and adventures to any destination you can imagine.
The Liberty Program is available to service personnel E-5 and below stationed at NAS JRB and all other commands throughout the metro area.
The Liberty Program is intended to develop and improve social skills and address the leisure needs of single enlisted service members. This program targets single active-duty enlisted personnel between the ages of 18 and 24.
These young adults are away from home, usually for the first time, and the Liberty Program tries to meet their needs by planning both on- and off-base parties, holidays, exciting trips and more.
The center offers wireless computers, video games (Xbox, Xbox 360, PS2, PS3 and Wii), movies, televisions, pool tables, board games, air hockey, pingpong and special events.
The center also offers a full kitchen for cooking classes, demonstrations and holiday festivities. A quiet/ reading room that resembles a home living room is available for studying, reading and meetings. The Liberty Center is also home to a sound room equipped with drums, keyboard, guitars and recording equipment. Also available are Segways, laser tag and a shooting simulator. Liberty has drinking and driving educational materials such as the SIDNE (Simulated Impaired Driving Experience), and is an alcohol-free program.
NOR (Navy Outdoor Recreation)
NOR, a program geared toward outdoor adventures, is located at Building 143 and hosts adventure trips such as camping, canoeing, hiking and other outdoor activities. All trips are open to authorized MWR patrons.
Skeet/Archery Range & Paintball
The skeet range is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Other times are available for group reservations. The archery range features a variety of targets and is available for rent. Call for more information. The base has paintball courses open every Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with everything needed. Call for private party and birthday party information.
The custom Picture Frame Shop has a large selection of frames, mats and glass, and professional custom framing is available for collectible or other valuable pieces and artwork. The staff can repair some frames and replace glass or mats, can build custom shadow boxes and has ready-made flag boxes for purchase. The frame shop also offers ready-made frames and mats and sells framing hardware and hooks for hanging pictures. Beveled mirrors can be specialordered for purchase. The experienced staff specializes in custom work, and no job is too big or too small. In addition, throughout the year the frame shop offers a variety of wreath-making classes for the holidays.
The NAS JRB Library, on Russell Avenue next to the Frame Shop, offers a growing selection of books for children and adults, Playaway audio books, magazines, Internet-ready computers, Wi-Fi, printer and fax machine. The children’s reading room provides a fun environment for children to develop a lifelong love of reading. The library offers proctoring services as well as several Web-based services such as www.tutor.com, OverDrive eBooks, Gale research resources, and Peterson’s standardized testing assistance. The library is a quiet place to study, research information or just catch up on the news. There are many programs available to children and adults that bring together the community and patrons with similar interests. The library values the diverse community and strives to provide an array of services to fit every need. For more information on programs or upcoming events at the library, please call 678-3078 during hours of operation.
Magnolia Terrace Conference Center
The Magnolia Terrace (Mag-T) in Building 40 has recently been redesigned as a community center. We offer a variety of events such as movies, bingo, and arts and crafts, as well as great adult events that include illusionist shows, comedians, and bands. The space also can be rented for command functions, welcome home parties, birthdays and wedding receptions. The Mag-T can support parties for up to 160 people and offers portable bar service for a fee. The center also has a computer projector and podium with sound system available. Call for more information or reservations, and look for our events in the MWR newsletters!
MACAN’s Pub, an all-hands pub in Building 40, has recently been renovated to include a new, relaxing sports area. MACAN’s features a wide selection of beverages and provides a great atmosphere for those just looking to relax and be able to walk home. Pool tables, darts and foosball — MACAN’s has it all. MACAN’s offers NFL Sunday Ticket and UFC Pay-Per-View on flat-screen televisions. Karaoke and themed-music nights with DJs make this a great stop for all things fun.