School Age Centers


Transportation to and from on-post schools is provided by Fountain-Fort Carson (D-8) for K-5 students enrolled in before and after-school programs. Services are also available during the schools' off days. Fall, winter, spring, and summer camps operate according to the Fountain-Fort Carson (D-8) calendar.

Our School Age program is nationally accredited, with programming reflecting an age-appropriate curriculum. Boys and Girls Club of America, Character Counts! and 4-H Club programs are a daily part of school age programming.


Mesa School Age Center

Hours of Operation

Monday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed


1420 Grandstaff St.
Bldg. 4790
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Patriot School Age Center

Hours of Operation

Monday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 5:45 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Federal Holidays Closed
Parent Orientation

Parent Central Services schedules appointments to acquaint parents with their child’s program. These sessions are an important part of the enrollment process and are offered at times convenient to parents. Orientation highlights include:

  • Facility tour
  • Orientation of our programs and spaces
  • Review of rules of conduct and procedures
  • Opportunity to meet staff, care providers and key volunteers
  • Complete required forms
  • Parent participation
Inclement Weather-Related Post Closure Information

During a weather-related post closure, if you are required to work, CYS will operate and open the following facilities to ensure full-day and Before & After school care is provided for your children:

If Post is closed AND School District 8 is CLOSED:

  • Child care will be provided at the East CDC, Bldg. 6058 for all CDC and Kindergarten children. The East CDC is located just inside Gate 1 on Coleman Avenue.  The phone number is +1(719)526-5977.  We request that parents bring any emergency medications the child may need as well as diapers and a change of clothes.
  • For School Age children/youth, Patriot School Age Center will open for youth that normally attend Patriot SAC, Mesa SAC, or the Before School Program at the Youth Center. Patriot SAC, Bldg. 6204 is located on Harr Avenue just inside Gate 1.
  • All non-critical CYS programs will close (SKIES, Hourly Care, Part-Day Pre-School, Youth Center Open Recreation and Outreach).

If Post is closed BUT School District 8 is OPEN:

  • Child care will be provided at the East CDC, Bldg. 6058 for all CDC children except Kindergarten children.
  • School Age Youth who attend Patriot or Mesa SAC will attend these programs as normal.
  • Kindergarteners that attend Cheyenne Mtn CDC will receive care at Patriot School Age Center. Kindergarteners that attend Aspen CDC will receive care at the Mesa School Age Center. Children will be walked or bused to school and back again as normal.
  • The Youth Center wil be open after school and remain open until 1800.
  • Pre-school students that attend Weikel Elementary School will be walked to and from Weikel Elementary School from the East CDC by CYS staff.
  • These facilities will operate at their normal times during weather related installation clorsures unless directed otherwise by the installation commander.

For weather related early releases or delayed reporting, CYS Services essential child care programs will operate as normal.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact your facility manager.

School-Out Day Information

School-Out Days: If not currently enrolled in a Before-school or After-school program, child(ren) can attend Patriot School Age Center and will be charged an hourly rate.

For up-to-date information on facility closure due to weather go to the following facebook sites:

Carson CYS

Carson CYS Teen

U.S. Army Fort Carson

Summer Camp

Summer camp kicks off each year with Getting To Know You Week. During this time there will be an orientation on how Summer Camps at Mesa School Age Center will work along with participation in icebreaker and team building activities. These activities will help familiarize everyone with rules and expectations.  Beginning the second week of camp through week ten, youth will select from a variety of specialty camps. These camps are designed to explore children’s interests and provide experiential learning opportunities. Each contains a variety of activities. Some of these activities may include: special projects, guest speakers, and field trips.


All School Age Camps encompass four core learning domains: 


     1.  Life skills, citizenship and leadership

     2.  Arts, recreation and leisure

     3.  Academic support, mentoring and intervention

     4.  Sports, fitness and health


Some of the specialty camps and activities planned are:


STEM Camp:  This Camp is for the next generation of innovators, engineer and doctors with activities centered around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.


Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Camp:  Help solve the Mesa School Age Center (SAC) mystery, and learn from real crime scene investigators about crime solving, fingerprinting, police dogs and more.  We will take a field trip to a working crime lab and see investigators in action, then use the new skill you have learned to solve the Mesa mystery.


Drum Camp:  Get personalized drum instruction, learn drumming basics and experience a variety of drums.  Youth will learn songs and give a performance by the end of the week.


Kids in the Kitchen:  Youth will learn how to safely prepare favorite dishes on their own, participate in a cooking class and compete in a kids cook off.  Youth will also walk away with a custom “Kids in the Kitchen apron.”


Jump Ball Masters:  In this basketball camp youth will learn from real athletes and coaches and improve their skills.

For more information, stop by Mesa SAC, Patriot SAC or Parent & Outreach Services today!

Parent Volunteers

CYS Services Volunteer

Parent volunteers are a very important resource for CYS Services. Registered children/youth benefit immensely from the knowledge and skill that volunteers provide to our programs. We're looking for enthusiastic people who want to help out, sharing their talents assisting and leading various activities such as reading to children, participating in field trips, making games, repairing toys, sewing with kids, etc.

Start by becoming a registered volunteer through Army Community Service's (ACS) Go-Volunteer to find out where your talents can be best used within CYS Services. By keeping track of your volunteer hours, you can qualify for Parent Participation Points.


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