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CYS Turns 40

CYS 40th Birthday


Child and Youth Services celebrates its 40th birthday in September 2020 with the theme “Journey to Excellence.” And what a journey it’s been!

In 1980, the Army hired M.A. Lucas to lead the US Army Child Development Services System, which she headed for 31 years. Through the decades, on-post services to children and youth evolved to meet the demands of today’s military Family.

These days, CYS operates as a program of the Installation Management Command’s G9 Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division. Its programs and facilities support the Army community with highly trained staff and engaging developmental activities.

Core CYS programs include Child Development Centers; Family Child Care, School Age Care programs for before- and after-school care, camps and summer care; Youth Programs; Youth Sports and Fitness programs; and Parent Central Services, the information resource and referral for on-post and community-based off-post childcare. Other CYS offerings include School Support Services, Strong Beginnings Pre-K Program, Army Fee Assistance, Deployment Support Benefits, Ready and Resilient Teens, Financial Management Training, and more.

Forty years after its start, about 12,000 CYS employees serve 205,000 military children globally. CYS continues to meet the needs of Soldiers and Families – so that units can perform their missions.

And the CYS Journey to Excellence continues!