Child & Youth Services (CYS)

Programs include full-day childcare, part-day preschool, hourly care services, school-age services, online tutoring programs, teen programs, in-home childcare (FCC), youth sports, and instructional classes (formerly SKIES) through MWR (golftae kwon do and swimming lessons).

Registration is required to participate in these programs. Registration is free.  Go to the blue drop down box(es) below for the CYS program(s) that you want to learn more about.

- - - As of Sept 1, 2020 priority categories for care are changing. For more information, please see the letter posted under the "Announcements" section below.






- - - COVID-19 NOTICES - - -

Update 06/23/2020 -

All Child Development Centers and School Age Programs on Fort Carson will be reopened on Monday, 29 June, for all patrons who are currently enrolled for full-day care and Summer Day Camp.  Patrons will resume care at the same centers they were attending prior to the COVID-19 service interruption. See the letter below for further information. 

Update 4/17/20 -

Effective Monday 20 April, and until directed otherwise, the Child Development Centers (CDC) and School Age Centers (SAC) will consolidate operations to help reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 by limiting the number of staff needed to work in the CYS facilities. Due to care being provided to Readiness Critical families only the utilization of all centers continues to be very low.

Consolidation of CDCs and SACs will be as follows:

  •  Ivy CDC, Aspen CDC and East CDC patrons will receive care at East CDC, Bldg. 6058
  • Cheyenne Mtn. CDC, Monarch CDC and West CDC patrons will receive care at West CDC, Bldg. 6060.
  • Patriot SAC and Mesa SAC patrons will receive care at Mesa School Age Center, Bldg. 4790.  

Operating hours will remain the same for the CDC and SAC programs; 0530-1800.

Additional changes and further safety measures will be implemented at that time designed to keep children and adults safe during the consolidation of programs. Specific changes will be provided to you prior to your child’s arrival on Monday.

Parent Central Services will reduce its operations to 1000-1400 Monday – Friday and provide service to Readiness Critical patrons by appointment only during this time. 

Update 3/17/20 -

Effective Tuesday 17 March, due to the current health concerns with Coronavirus, the Fort Carson Youth Center and Youth Sports programs have been closed as well as Caring Saturdays and child care for special events. Youth Sports and Fitness programs are being postponed until further notice.  The coach's training and Spring Sports parent meetings scheduled for this week have been postponed as well. In addition, hourly care will be limited only to those personnel who have a scheduled medical appointment and can show a copy of their appointment form.

Click here for eligibility

- - - JOIN THE #VirtualMOMC CELEBRATION! - - - 

We can still celebrate Month of the Military Child while social distancing! There will be themed celebrations each Thursday for the remainder of the month of April. Using the hashtag #VirtualMOMC, we hope to inspire thousands of virtual celebrations around the world!

Please join the celebration by posting photos to your social media platform of preference while using hashtag #VirtualMOMC.


  • April 9th (American Flag) - Post a photo/video of the American Flag flying in your community. #VirtualMOMC
  • April 16th (Purple Wave) - Let's start a #PurpleWave! Please post a photo to social media wearing your favorite purple attire! #VirtualMOMC
  • April 23rd (MOMC Dance Content) - Let's have some fun! Share a video of our CYS children, youth, CYPAs, support staff, and management's best dance moves! Double points if a parent dances too! #VirtualMOMC
  • April 30th (Front Porch Family) - Post a photo of your #FrontPorchFamily as we celebrate the Month of the Military Child while practicing social distancing. #VirtualMOMC

- - - April is Month of the Military Child! - - - 

The Department of Defense and Military OneSource are recognizing military children, their strength, resilience, and uniqueness with a free kit.*

This free kit is our little way to thank our military children for all that they do for the military community so our families can thrive. 

 Free kit includes:

  • drawstring backpack
  • photo frame magnet
  • chill drill
  • bookmark
  • popsocket


*Kits are eligible for military service members and their immediate family members as well as transitioning veterans within 365 days of their separation date.

Parent Central: Office Hours, Directions and Registration. START HERE.

Parent Central Services is the gateway that connects Families to CYS Services programs. Registration for all programs begins with Parent Central Services.

Hours of Operation

Monday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


1590 Prussman Blvd.
Bldg. 1518
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WiFi Available

Handicap Accessible

+1(719)526-1101 or 8220

Military DSN Tel:
(312)691-1101 or 8220

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1. Make an Appointment at Parent Central

  • Must go in person to register your child(ren).
  • Appointments will take approximately 30 minutes per child.
  • Appointments are encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome.
    • Call +1(719)526-1101 or +1(719)526-8220 for an appointment. 
    • Directions from Gate #1:  At the traffic circle, take the second exit to Nelson Blvd. Turn Right onto Wetzel Ave. Turn Right onto Prussman Blvd. Turn Right before the light at Chiles into the parking lot. Building 1518 is on the corner of Prussman Blvd. and Wetzel Ave.

  • Complete the forms listed below (as applicable) to expedite registration process.

2. What do I need to register?

  • Government ID
  • Contact information
  • Two local emergency contacts
  • Immunization Documentation
  • Deployment orders (if applicable)
  • LES/pay voucher, student letter, or seeking employment verification.

3. Complete Required Forms

Form 6 Weeks-5th Grade 6th Grade+ Required Annually
Registration Checklist (.pdf) 1 per family N/A   No
Health Assessment (.pdf) 1 per child N/A   Yes
Child Care Fees (completed during registration) 1 per family N/A Yes
LES (you provide) 1 per family 1 per family if attending AM care, or camp Yes

Shot Records (you provide) 

1 per child N/A  Yes
CYS Youth Program Registration N/A 1 per child No
Health Screening Tool
1 per child 1 per child Yes


4. Complete These Forms (If Applicable)

Form 6 Weeks-5th Grade 6th Grade+ Required Annually
Respiratory Medical Action Plan 1 per child  1 per child  Yes
Special Diet 1 per child 1 per child  Yes
Allergy Medical Action Plan 1 per child  1 per child Yes
Diabetic Medical Action Plan 1 per child 1 per child Yes.  Request a meeting with CYS Nurse through Parent Central for required paperwork.
Seizure Medical Action Plan 1 per child  1 per child    Yes


5. Bring Forms to your Parent Central Appointment

Our expert staff will complete your registration electronically.  This will take about 30 minutes per child (with an appointment).

6. At Your Parent Central Appointment

  • We will process your paper work.
  • We will input your child's (or children) vaccine records.
  • We will issue your WebTrac username and password.  WebTrac is where you enroll in sports, make hourly care reservations and make CYS payments.
  • We will be able to enroll you into requested programs and make future reservations during this appointment.

For all CYS Facilities Contact information: Click here - Waiting List Information


Visit to place your infant, or toddler needing full-time care on a wait list.  This site will also show you other full-time care options in the area. 

For additional information:  

Full-Time Care
  • The Full-Time Care Program is for children ages six (6) weeks through kindergarten.  First-grade through fifth-grade full-time care is called Before-and-After School Care.  Please view the "Before-and-After School Care Programs" banner below for details.
  • Locations: Click here
  • Registration: Click here
  • Request for Care: 
    • Requests for care must be made through Please see the tab above for more information.
  • Inclement weather: Click here 
  • Immunizations: Go to the blue banner below titled "Immunizations" for more information.
  • Meals/Snacks provided: For the Summer Menu - Click here
Pre-K & Part Day Preschool

Strong Beginnings is a part-day Pre-K program opperatied in addition to the regular full-day program; children who are entering Kindergarten in the next school year are eligible for participation.  Contact Parent Central for enrollment and fee information at +1(719)526-1101">(719)526-1101 or (719)526-8220.

Part-Day Preschool is an enrichment program that has several sessions available for children ages 3 to 5 years old.  The sessions are as follows*:

  • Morning Session (0800-1100 hours): 2, 3, or 5 day option
  • Afternoon Session (1130-1430 hours): 2, 3 or 5 day option

Registration & Costs: Contact Parent Central for enrollment and fee information at +1(719)526-1101">(719)526-1101 or (719)526-8220.

Location: Aspen CDC, Bldg 4356, 4880 Funk Ave., Fort Carson, CO 80913

*Part Day Preschool follows the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 calendar and is not in session when D-8 is out of school.


Before-and-After School Care Programs

These programs are nationally accredited through the Council on Accredidation (COA) and are available for children in first-grade through fifth-grade.  

  • Hours of Care:  
    • Before school beginning at 0545 hours (5:45 AM).
    • After school until 1800 hours  (6:00 PM).
    • Children who are not transported by D-8 are walked to school by CYS staff.  Parents must transport children not enrolled in on-post District 8 schools.
    • Care provided 0545 hours (5:45 AM) through 1800 hours  (6:00 PM) during District 8 school breaks.  
  • School-Out Days & Summer:  Cost for care provided during District 8 school-out days & breaks is included in your before-and-after school enrollment.  Separate fees apply for summer care.
    • Children not enrolled in the before and after school program may still participate in school break and summer programming for a fee.  Go to the blue banner below titled "Summer Camps" for more information.
  • Cost: Based upon total family income. 
    • You must visit Parent Central to determine your fee category.  Click here for required paperwork.
  • Locations: 
    • Mesa SAC (Bldg 4790, 1420 Grandstaff Avenue) services Abrams and Mountainside elementary schools.
    • Patriot SAC (Bldg 6204, 7008 Harr Avenue) services Weikel and Patriot elementary schools.
  • Occasional Users:

    • Definition: Children (first-fifth grade) not enrolled in the Before/After School Program who may want to participate in some of this programming.
    • Authorized 4 FREE hours of care per month available before, after, and school-out days following the D8 schedule.
    • Online Reservations (WebTrac): Click here.
    • Phone in Reservations: Call +1(719)526-6610.
  • Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA)/4H:

    • Authorized an additional 10 FREE hours per month to participate in BGCA/4H scheduled programming M-F, 4PM - 5PM.
    • We encourage you to call or visit our School Age Centers (Mesa or Patriot) for program information.
  • Registration: Click here.
  • Inclement weather: Click here
  • Immunizations: Go to the blue banner below titled "Immunizations" for more information.
  • Meals/Snacks provided: For the Summer Menu - Click here


Youth Center

This program is for youth ages 12 to 18 years old.  It provides free open recreation after school and on Saturdays.  

Location: Youth Center, Bldg. 5950, 6181 Ware St., Fort Carson, CO. 80913.

Inclement weather: 

  • If post is closed, then all hourly care is closed.
  • If District 8 is closed, click here for all Youth Center inclement weather services. 

Click here for more information.


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Youth Sports & Fitness

Fort Carson CYS Youth Sports & Fitness has been awarded the Better Sports for Kids Quality Program designation for 2020/2021 This designation is a seal of commitment to quality and safety based on nationally accepted standards.2020-2021 Quality Seal.png

Sports and Fitness Programs provide team sports, (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Flag football etc...) individual sports, (Track, Wrestling, Tennis...) fitness and health programs. (Functional fitness, weight training, Aerobics...), and programming at Child Development Centers, School Age, and Youth Programs. (Start smart) Pre-registration is required for Sports and Fitness Programs. 

CYS registration and annual sports physicals are required for participation. The form must be completed with a doctor's signature and stamp, then submitted to Parent Central Services during registration.

Costs:  Vary depending on activity.

Location: Click here

Registration: Click here.

Offered Sports: Click here.

Volunteer Coaches:  Consider coaching!  Your kids will participate for free/reduced rate if you serve as a coach or assistant coach*.  Contact Youth Sports at 1+(719)526-4425.

* Background checks must be cleared on all coaches prior to team assignment.

* Coaches must attend one of the coaches clinics to review the rules and coaching policies and become certified through the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS).

Summer Camps

Click here for the MESA summer camp brochure.

Click here for the PATRIOT summer camp brochure.

Hourly Care
  • The Hourly Care Program is child care for children between 6 weeks-12 years old.
  • Up to 15 hours per week/per child.  Need more than 15 hours per week for a special situation? Contact Parent Central at +1(719)526-6610.
  • Children must have current registration with CYS in order to use hourly care. Please refer to the "Parent Central" tab above for registration information.
  • Cost: $5/hour/child (charged in 30-minute increments)
  • "No-Show" Fee information: No-shows will be charged for 2 hours of care.
  • Online Reservations (WebTrac): Click here.
  • Phone in Reservations: Call +1(719)526-6610
  • Inclement weather: 
    • If post is closed, then all hourly care is closed. 
  • Immunizations: Go to the blue banner below titled "Immunizations" for more information.
  • Meals/Snacks provided: For the Summer Menu - Click here
Family In-Home Care Providers

Family Child Care

FCC - COVID-19 Fact Sheet

  • Care provided by certified homes on Fort Carson.
  • Family Child Care (FCC) offers a warm, nurturing Family environment for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. 
  • Discuss your options for this kind of care.
  • For more information, please see Parent Central tab at the top of this page.
Special Events & Programs!

Special Events programing is currently suspended under the COVID-19 pandemic. Information regarding Special Events will be updated once CYS returns to normal operations.​​


CYS Follows:

  • Department of Defense Instruction (DoDI) 6060.02 Child Development Programs Immunizations which states: Children enrolling in or currently enrolled in DoD CDPs must provide written documentation of immunizations appropriate for the child’s age.
  • Per AR 40-562/BUMEDINST 6230.15A/AFJI 48-110/CG COMDTINST M6230.4F (Reference (u)), immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) are required.
  • These recommendations are in line with the recommendations by the Center for Disease Control and the State of Colorado.


  • Proof of Immunizations is required for CDC (ages 6weeks-5) children upon registration. Children and Youth ages 6-18 who are enrolled in school are not required to submit proof, however, it is encouraged.
  • If a child/youth does not have documentation of any given immunization for which Army Public Health Nurse (APHN) has deemed an outbreak, the youth will be excluded from care until the outbreak has resolved OR proof of immunization is provided.
  • An exemption for an immunization may be permitted for medical or religious reasons. Philosophical exemptions are not permitted.

Click here for instruction for completing an Immunization Waiver.

Click here for the Exception to Policy Form.

Deployment Benefits

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CYS is currently only offering services to Readiness Critical identified personnel. Those not identified at Readiness Critical are currently not eligible.

Deployment Support Services

CYS offers discounted rates for familes of deployed soldiers.  Service provided for Respite Care Hours as spaces are available. Hourly Care reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance. To reserve respite care, please call the Respite Reservation phone line at +1(719)526-6610.

In order to receive these benefits:

  • Use an on-post CYS program/FCC Home for full-day or part-day care
  • Have a copy of the Soldier's orders OR a memo from the Commander confirming the eligibility criteria

Click here for Deployment Support Services Summary of Benefits information.

***Each Benefit listed below is per child per month.***

Deployed: Contingency Operations*

*An operation in a designated combat zone

180 days or longer:

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Childcare that can be used starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 90 days after deployment cycle ends.
  • Full-day and Part-day Childcare fee reduction of 20% starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 90 days after deployment cycle ends.

90 - 179 days:

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Childcare that can be used starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 30 days after deployment cycle ends.
  • Full-day and Part-day Childcare fee reduction of 20% starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 90 days after deployment cycle ends.

89 days or less:

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Childcare that can be used through deployment cycle.
  • Full-day and Part-day Childcare fee reduction of 20% starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 90 days after deployment cycle ends.


Deployed: Rotational Forces*

*To Pacific or Europe Regions

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Childcare that can be used starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 30 days after deployment cycle ends.


Deployed: Non-Contingency Operations*

*Humanitarian and civic assistance

180 days or longer:

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Childcare that can be used starting 30 days before, through deployment cycle and 30 days after deployment cycle ends.

90 - 179 days:

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Childcare that can be used during the deployment cycle.

Assigned to Warrior Transition Unit*

*While assigned to unit

  • 16 Hours of Free Respite Care
  • Free Childcare during Support Group Meetings
  • Free Childcare during Medical Appointments
  • Full-day and Part-day Childcare fee reduction of 20%

Survivor Outreach Services

  • Free childcare is provided during the Bereavement Period through the day after the Unit Memorial.

You may use respite care hours for Friday Parents Night and Saturday Care.  See the Special Events & Programs tab. 


Need a Teen Babysitter?

Need a Teen Babysitter?:

CYS offers Babysitting Referral Services for registered families. Babysitters on the referral list are 13 years or older, have certification in First Aid and CPR, and are trained in: 

  • Developmentally appropriate play.
  • Recognition of child abuse/neglect.
  • Emergency procedures and interviewing.
  • Stop by or call +1(719)526-1101 or (719)526-8220 Parent Central Services to find out more information.

Parent Participation Opportunities

Parent Advisory Board

Facility Parent Advisory Boards meet monthly in their respective facilities; the CYS-wide Parent Advisory Board  meets quartlery. The board, with the advice of the program staff, recommends activities, projects and special events to enhance CYS programs. This board also advocates for needs and concerns of Fort Carson families who use CYS services. Participation in the Parent Advisory Board can lead to discounts.

Parent Education

Earn participation points when you attend a parent education class!  A variety of education classes are offered to enhance parenting skills.  Follow us on Facebook for the latest classes.

Additional parent education resources are available:

Click on links (below) to visit sites for even more parenting classes and information.  

Child and Youth Services (CYS) Volunteer

We have opportunities including reading to children, participating in field trips, making games, repairing toys, sewing with kids, etc. Speak to the program manager about parent participation opportunities, or visit ACS Army Volunteer Corps.  Click here for details.

Volunteer Coaching

Do you have an interest in coaching?  CYS Volunteer Coaches encourage all children to explore the world of sports, learn the fundamentals of good sportsmanship and have fun at the same time.  Head coaches and Assistant coaches can receive discounts for their participating children.

You can learn more about being a CYS Volunteer Coach by watching the video below, or calling the CYS Sports Office at +1(719)526-4425.

Coaching Requirements:

  • Required CPR/First Aid and instructional training is provided by CYS prior to the beginning of the season.
  • Background checks must be cleared on all coaches prior to team assignment.
  • Coaches must attend one of the coaches clinics to review the rules and coaching policies and become certified through the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS).
Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC)

Military Family Life Counselors

Child & Youth Behavioral (CYB) Military Family Life Counselors (MFLC) provide broad-ranging support to military children and youth and to the Family members and other adults who support them.  They are available at no cost to assist children, youth, parents and family members. 

COVID-19 Update to Service Delivery

Military & Family Life Counselor (MFLC) services are expanding to provide continuity of care to our community as we continue to navigate the worldwide impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. MFLCs and Youth Behavioral MFLCs (CYB-MFLCs) will provide temporary telehealth services (includes telephonic and video non-medical counseling) where face-to-face support is restricted and/or unavailable. Service details are as follows:

Support for Adults:

  • Telephonic and video non-medical counseling 

Support for Children and Youth: 

  • Individual video non-medical counseling sessions for minors age 13 to 17 (parent or guardian must be available at the start of each video session to give parental consent and provide line of sight requirements)
  • Family video non-medical counseling for minors 6 to 12 years of age (parent or guardian must attend each session)

For more information on MFLCs visit ACS's Military Family Life Counselor website.

Who is Eligible to use CYS?

Eligibility Criteria for CYS Programs is contingent on the status of the sponsor and is verified at registration. 

Eligible patrons include:

  • Active duty military personnel. 
  • DoD civilian employees paid from either appropriated funds (APF) or non-appropriated funds (NAF).
  • Reserve Component military personnel on active duty.
  • Combat-related Wounded Warriors assigned  to a Warrior Transistion Unit (WTU).
  • Surviving spouses of Military Members who died from a combat-related incident.
  • Those acting in lieu of parents for the dependent child of an otherwise eligible patron.
  • Space Available for DoD contractors, retirees and others authorized with in approved exception.

Job Opportunities

Join our team, CYS is hiring!

For a list of current open positions, go to

Frequently Asked Questions

Q#1.  What can be provided as proof of eligibility for use of CYS services?

  • Any of the following are acceptable documents:
    • If the sponsor is the biological parent they may present a birth certificate.
    • DEERS enrollment.
    • Child’s military dependent ID card that proves legal guardianship. In the case of unmarried, legally separated parents with joint custody, or divorced parents with joint custody, children are eligible for child care only when they reside with the Military Service member or  eligible civilian sponsor at least 25 percent of the time in a month that the child receives child care through a DoD program.
    • Child's passport.

#Q2.  Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?
Call Parent Central Services at +1(719)526-1101">(719)526-1101 or (719)526-8220.

Q#3.  Will I get a Wait List number if I request care through Military Child Care?

You will get a wait list number; however, it may not reflect your actual wait time. Once enrolled, your request will go through Fort Carson's Parent Central Services.  They will contact you once space is available.  You can always call Parent Central at +1(719)526-1101">(719)526-1101 or (719)526-8220 for status updates.

Q#4.  Why do I have to register my children for CYS annually?

The Department of Defense requires children's records to be updated annually or as needed for their health, safety, or well-being.

Q#5.  Why does my child need a sports physical?

Sports physicals are required to show that your child is able to safely participate in physical activities. They are required annually and must be valid through the sports season.  Any physical containing a review of bodily systems will suffice.  Health assessments completed annually meet sports physical requirements.

Click here for the health assessment form.

Q#6.  How often do I need to complete a health assessment for my child?

A health assessment is required 30 days from the date of registration. The health assessment must be completed by a physician every three years. Parents must sign to certify health assessments annually. If there are changes in your child’s medical condition(s) at any time, the health assessment will need to be completed by a physician.

Click here for the health assessment form.

Q#7.  Are immunizations required to register?

Yes.  CYS is required to follow the Center for Disease Control Recommended Immunizations. The State of Colorado also follows these recommended immunizations. Medical and Religious Waivers are accepted.  See the blue banner above titled “Immunizations” for more details and forms.

Q#8.  What if my child needs special accommodations?

A special need is any medical condition and/or allergies identified and annotated by a doctor. It is identified through the completion of a Health Screening Tool during registration. Every child will receive a recommended care plan based on the information presented from the Multi-disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT). 

Q#9.  Are there exceptions to fees based on total family income for special circumstances?

Yes. The Garrison Commander has the authority to grant hardship waivers. The family must be able to demonstrate a severe financial hardship or that their childcare fees are 25 percent or more, of their total family income. Please contact ACS at +1(719)526-4590 to request a CYS Hardship Waiver.

Q#10.  Are there discounts for multiple children from the same family?

  • Yes, CYS offers Multiple Child Reductions (MCR).
    • A 15 percent MCR is applied when more than one child is enrolled in regularly scheduled childcare programs (CDC, FCC, SAC and Youth Sports).
    • MCRs for child care and Youth Sports are calculated separately and cannot be combined.
    • MCR is not applied to the youngest child.
    • MCRs are not applied to contractors and specified space available patrons, Hourly Care Services, or School Age Care occasional user fees.

Q#11.  What is available to me if I am retired?

  • Youth Sports & Fitness Programs. Go to the blue banner above titled "Youth Sports & Fitness" for more information.
  • All other services are deemed Child Care. Retirees are allowed to use Full-time child care services on a space available basis and when there are no other eligible users on the Wait List.

Q#12.  What types of programs and activities are offered for middle school students and teens?

Check out the Youth Center and Youth Sports & Fitness for programs and offerings. Go to the blue banner above titled "Youth Sports & Fitness" for more information regarding Sports and Fitness.

Q#13.  What do the School Liaison Officers do?

The School Liaison Officers are liaisons between the local school districts and the military student population to address educational issues.

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