NAS NEW ORLEANS JRB


Child and Youth Programs

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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:

v Two staff members with each group
of children at all times.

v 100 percent parent sign-in/sign-out,
and 100 percent ID check at pickup

time.

v Closed circuit television recording
in the child development centers
(protects nonverbal children).

v Low staff-to-child ratios and
implemented maximum group sizes.

v Thorough background clearance and
medical screening.

• Early childhood education 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 to include

events, activities, education and board

meetings.

• Developmentally appropriate curriculum, and staff to articulate the curriculum.

Mission Statement

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.

Philosophy

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.

Eligibility

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 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 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 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 6 to 8 a.m. and 3 to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Holiday and summer camp hours are 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays.

A variety of youth sports and cheerleading is offered throughout the year.

The teen center at NAS JRB is open from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday 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, 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

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.

Special Openings

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 limits 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

appropriatepractices 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. Postsecondary 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 Elvina.candaso@navy.mil or mail it to:

Navy MWR

Building 305 Russell Ave.

NAS JRB New Orleans, LA 70143-5012


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