Child and Youth Programs
The New Orleans Child and Youth Programs (CYP) serve children 6 weeks to 18 years in high-quality, nationally accredited programs. Local instructions and standard operating procedures 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 CYP adheres to include the following:
- Child abuse prevention measures:
- Two staff members with each group of children at all times.
- 100 percent parent sign-in/sign-out, and 100 percent ID check at pickup time.
- Closed-circuit television recording in the child development centers (protects all children).
- Low staff-to-child ratios and implemented maximum group sizes.
- Thorough background clearance and medical screening.
- Training and curriculum specialist on-site to provide mandatory, ongoing professional staff development.
- Mandatory continuous training for all 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 that includes 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 decision-making 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 CYPs provide high-quality educational and recreational activities. 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, the 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 the 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 center-based 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 Federal City. 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 four 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 full-day, 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 in Building 528 behind the Naval Branch Health Clinic Belle Chasse is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.
Youth and School Age Care Programs offer before- and after-school programs for children from kindergarten to 12 years of age during the school year, and full-day care during school holidays and summer camps. Teen programs and a variety of youth sports are offered for youths 13 to 18 years of age (18 if still in school). 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. SAC hours are 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Holiday and summer camp hours are 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Youth sports and cheerleading are offered throughout the year.
The teen center at NAS JRB is open 3 to 8 p.m. Friday for youths 13 to 18 years old, with occasional open recreation activities.
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, Veterans 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 going online at NAS JRB New Orleans CYP online services at https://myffr.navyaims.com/nolacyms.html for each facility. Reservations for drop-in care are also accepted online at this site. Call on the day that care is required for availability status if you do not get a confirmation from the site. Drop-in care is $5 per hour per child. Children are accepted for drop-in care throughout operating hours. Fees for drop-in care are due when the child or children are picked up from the program on the same day that care was provided.
Care outside normal hours for special evening or weekend events can be contracted for CDC or CDH settings through the central enrollment office.
Child Development Homes
CDH are an important part of the Navy’s quality-of-life enhancement. The homes also provide a career opportunity for military spouses living in base housing or off base in the local area, 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, 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 limits ensure each child receives opportunities for 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 appropriate practices to foster 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 Morale, Welfare and Recreation (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 with regard 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:
Chain of Command
CYP operates under OPNAVINST 1700.9E and local instructions. CYP appreciates 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 the concerns 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 MWR director, who reports directly to the NAS JRB commanding officer.
Parents who would like to address a comment or complaint in writing may email the program director at Elvina.firstname.lastname@example.org or mail it to:
Building 305 Russell Ave.
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 has two side courts for basketball or volleyball within the full-length hardwood floor basketball court. The fitness center has an aerobics room, a racquetball court, a wallyball court and a family fitness parent area where the kids can play while mom or dad watch them during workouts. The fitness center is equipped with full showers and locker rooms, and the men’s and women’s locker rooms both have dry saunas. 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 5 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 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 including treadmills, elliptical cross-trainers, three different kinds of bikes and stair climbers. Theater TV sound is available on most cardio equipment. A Krankcycle and Matrix Functional Trainer are available for wounded and disabled warriors.
- Athletic gear issue including towels, weight belts, racquetball racquets, balls and safety eyewear, tennis racquets, basketballs, volleyballs, softball equipment and gloves, and party bags (includes volleyball, horseshoes and softball).
- Sports drinks, water and a variety of tea products for sale.
- Courts for racquetball, basketball, volleyball and wallyball.
Sports Complex Field
The Sports Complex has two standard tennis courts, a football or soccer field, a quarter-mile track, pavilion, playground and restrooms and a lighted softball field. Lights for the track and football and soccer will be coming soon. To use the fields and pavilion, call the fitness center at 504-678-3230.
Located between Building 456 (Fitness Center) and Building 410 (Liberty Center) is a recreational field for softball, a small playground area for the kids and a concession area with restrooms.
Traditionally, the pool is open Memorial Day weekend until Labor Day. The pool is 25 yards long and L-shaped, with a water slide, children’s water park and wading pool. Swimming lessons are available periodically during the summer. Military lap swim is 6 to 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Friday. 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 handled 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. The eight-lane QubicaAMF state-of-the-art United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned bowling center 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 4-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, family-oriented, protected and safe environment that hosts bowling leagues, bowling clubs, tournaments and events year-round with details advertised throughout the base and posted in the center. Complimentary bowling for active-duty military is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Monday, 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, and for military retirees on Friday.
Friday nights showcase futuristic glow-in-the-dark “Cosmic Bowling.” With a $60,000 lighting and sound system upgrade in 2013, new LED lighting mixed with black and laser lights rock out the house. The center now also boasts two 114-inch drop-down video screens across the far end of the bowling lanes. The diverse music database holds more than 10,000 songs. The center routinely hosts themed events including Christmas in July, Haunted Bowling on Da Bayou, Special Mardi Gras Celebration, Bowling with the Easter Bunny and just about any occasion there is 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 with a variety of short-order foods including shrimp, chicken strips, four types of pizza and liquid refreshments that include juice, fountain soda, beer or wine, and even that N’awlins staple, a daiquiri machine. Bayou Fun Time Bowl has it all, including plated daily meal specials for under $10, among them red beans and rice, a barbecue plate, brisket and pulled pork.
Popular and diverse party packages meet the needs of any event for any age and can accommodate from six to 80 guests. They can be arranged by the hour, by the meal, or by rental of the entire bowling center, with a buffet food package for closed events. The “cost per child” kids’ party packages are $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 offered for official command functions and approved fundraising events.
The center is open 361 days every year with closings for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Mardi Gras. For questions, pricing or copies of the menu, email email@example.com.
Bayou Fun Time Grill
Bayou Fun Time Grill, next to the bowling center, is a limited-service kitchen that includes eat-in or takeout service. Meals can be purchased in the diner to enjoy in the comfortable New Orleans-themed bowling center, or in the new outdoor seating area. The grill offers breakfast 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. and lunch 10 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 side items and juices at reasonable prices — and no tax!
The lunchtime menu is highlighted with half-pound, all-beef TNT burgers, quarter-pound smoked sausages and hot dogs that can be loaded with choices. Add fries and a soft drink to any item for $2.50. The grill also offers a daily plated complete-meal lunch special that will fill you up but won’t empty your wallet. Plated daily specials include loaded baked potato, spaghetti and meatballs, hamburger steak in brown gravy, a fish platter and more. All come with vegetables, bread and a soft drink.
For an email of the complete menu, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and lube, tire mounting, brake service, tire repair, tire rotation and balance, and 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, 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 selection of gear to meet the needs of outdoor events. The following is a sampling of what’s available for your next indoor or outdoor party: coolers, canopies, tables, chairs, barbecue grills, crawfish pots and turkey fryers. Outdoor rental also offers camping and fishing equipment: propane accessories, tents, sleeping bag pads, sleeping bags, boats, canoes, life vests and 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 Care Center at 504-678-3448 for all outdoor storage needs.
Aviation Arbor RV Park
The RV park 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 504-678-3500 for reservations, which are not required but are recommended.
Make reservations for a pavilion at the Aviation Arbor RV Park Office, 504-678-3500.
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 and Travel)
ITT New Orleans has general information about the base and the local area, specializing in recreation and tourism, and offers bus trips for different interests. 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 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-6 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 is for single active-duty enlisted personnel between the ages of 18 and 25 who are away from home, usually for the first time. 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 One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U and Wii), movies, televisions, pool tables, board games, air hockey, pingpong and special events.
The center also has 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.
Skeet/Archery Range & Paintball
The skeet range is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, and other times are available for group reservations. The archery range has a variety of targets and also is available for rent. Call for more information. The base has paintball courses open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with everything needed. Call for private party and birthday party information.
The Specialty Shoppe, also known as the 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, has ready-made flag boxes for purchase and can stretch canvas paintings and needlepoint work. The shop also sells ready-made frames and mats, framing hardware and hooks for hanging pictures. Beveled mirrors can be special-ordered for purchase. An additional offer is dry mounting to flatten out wrinkles in art work. 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 wreath-making classes for the holidays.
The shop now offers custom engraving on metal plates and wooden plaques. All types of fonts and colors are available although some must be preordered. Also available are custom 18-by-24-inch yard signs and banners in sizes 3 feet by 4 feet, 3 feet by 6 feet and 3 feet by 8 feet in different colors. The banner machine can cut simple vinyl stickers in only one color provided that the vector image is clear. The shop also can print 32-by-40-inch paper posters or black and white copies, and some copies on poster paper if the image allows. Laminating is also available for items at almost any length up to 40 inches wide.
The NAS JRB Library on Russell Avenue, next to the Specialty Shoppe, has a growing selection of books for children and adults, Playaway audio books, DVDs, magazines, Internet-ready computers, free Wi-Fi, print, scan, copy and fax services.
The children’s reading room is a fun environment for children to develop a lifelong love of reading. The library offers proctoring as well as several Web-based services such as http://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 catch up on the news. The library values the diverse community and strives to provide an array of services to fit every need, and there are many programs available to children and adults throughout the year. For more information on programs or upcoming events, call 504-678-3078 during hours of operation: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.
Magnolia Terrace Community Center
The Magnolia Terrace in Building 40 was recently redesigned as a community center and offers a variety of events such as movies, bingo and arts and crafts as well as great adult entertainment, such as illusionist shows, comedians and bands.
Look for scheduled events in the MWR Newsletters. Call 504-678-3034 for more information or reservations.
Boondoggles, formerly known as MACANS, is an all-hands club in Building 40. It has recently been renovated to include a new design, bar and look. Boondoggles has a wide selection of beverages and provides a great atmosphere for those just looking to relax. Pool tables, darts and foosball — Boondoggles has it all. Boondoggles offers NFL Sunday Ticket and UFC Pay-Per-View on flat-screen televisions, and karaoke and themed-music nights with DJs that make this a great stop for all things fun.