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Child, Youth & School Services

Child Development Center

Telephone: 301-677-5201
Address: 4725 Ruffner Road, Fort Meade, Maryland 20755
Telephone: 301-677-6002
Address: 3100 MacArthur Road, Fort Meade, Maryland 20755
Telephone: 301-677-1530
Address: 910 Ernie Pyle Street, Fort Meade, Maryland 20755
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 6:00 am–6:00 pm


Fort Meade Parent Advisory Council Meeting

Join us 24 June 2015, 4 August 2015 (voting meeting), 30 September 2015, and 16 December 2015, at 4:30 p.m. at 1900 Reece Road in the Family Child Care conference room. All parents of children enrolled in Fort Meade Child Youth and School Services programs are invited to attend. This is an open forum to share information, ideas and to discuss our children. Please join us.


Our Mission is Caring

Army Child, Youth and School Services programs exist to support military readiness by reducing the conflict between a soldiers mission requirements and his or her parental responsibilities.

To support this mission we offer full day, part day, hourly care, and a Pre K program which provides children a rich, stimulating environment where children can develop motor, cognitive, social and emotional skills through a balance of exploration and planned curriculum. Learning activities are designed to support the natural development of children and include individual, small group and large group exercises.


All of our staff must complete national and local background checks. Staff must also complete required training in First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse Prevention, and the Army Child Development Training Modules to reach their target level pay grade. Once that the target level has been completed, 24 annual training credits are required. Each center has a full time Training and Curriculum Specialist assigned to them to train staff and assist them in the professional development.


All of our child Development Centers are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. We provide developmentally age appropriate activities for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. As part of our program children are provided breakfast, lunch and dinner with the menus being approved by a Registered Dietician.

Our Curriculum

The best way to describe Army Curriculum is a combination of Developmentally Appropriate Practices and Creative Curriculum. Developmentally Appropriate Practices is a child centered, Child-initiated and teacher supported program. The Creative Curriculum program allows for meaningful and long lasting learning involving active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play facilitated by highly intentional teaching practices. Both practices require each child to have a primary caregiver, who observes and document the child's interests, strengths and abilities and builds the curriculum around that. Observations allow us to offer and individualized program that will support school readiness for ch8ildren by expanding their play intro learning experiences.

Pre-K Program

The Army's Strong Beginnings Pre-K is a program designed to prepare children to be successful to enter kindergarten. Curriculum focuses on the social, emotional, and physical development of your child; equips them with basic academic (language, reading, math, and social studies) and "Kindergarten Classroom Etiquette" skills to enhance "school readiness". The program is offered at all to the CDCs and to register, contact Parent Central Services.

Hourly Care

CDC I offers Hourly Care program for children six week to five years old. CYS Services Hourly Care program is limited to Monday thru Friday 0900-1500 at Child Development Center I. Parents may only reserve a maximum of 20 hours per week and no more than 4 hours per day. Hourly care must be registered with Parent Central Services to participate in the program. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance; to make a reservation call 301-677-3407 or online using your webtrac account.

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