Child & Youth Program

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Parent Central Registration

Hours of Operation
(By Appointment Only)

Monday8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Thursday8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Contact Us

J Avenue
Bldg. 255

Tel: (717) 770-4239

Email Us

Child Development Center (CDC)

Hours of Operation

Monday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Thursday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Contact Us

J Avenue
Bldg. 255

Tel: (717) 770-7360

Email Us

School Age Services (SAS)

Hours of Operation (Sep.-May)

Monday5:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Tuesday5:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Wednesday5:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Thursday5:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
Friday5:45 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Hours of Operation (Jun.-Aug.)

Monday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Thursday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Contact Us

J Avenue
Bldg. 255

Tel: (717) 770-6768

Email Us

Youth Services (YS)

Hours of Operation (Sep.-May)

Monday2:30-6:15 p.m.
Tuesday2:30-6:15 p.m.
Wednesday2:30-6:15 p.m.
Thursday2:30-6:15 p.m.
Friday2:30-6:15 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Hours of Operation (Jun.-Aug.)

Monday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Thursday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday5:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Contact Us

J Avenue
Bldg. 255

Tel: (717) 770-6768

Email Us

Child and Youth Program (CYP) encompasses all aspects of child care and provides high quality developmental and recreational programs for children and youth, ages 6 weeks through 18 years, which includes: center-based full day care, hourly care, before and after school programming and summer camp programs. Child and Youth Programs cares for DLA Families. Child care services and youth programs are available on Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna.

The Susquehanna Child and Youth Program (CYP) is a NAEYC Accredited program and child care center. All programs are designed to enrich your child’s social, cognitive, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth and development. Our staff works in partnership with parents to meet each individual child's needs in a safe and nurturing environment built on trust and respect. The research-based curriculum, Teaching Strategies, ensures children develop school readiness skills, while respecting the teacher’s critical role in making learning exciting and relevant for every child.

Today’s CYP, deemed a "model for the nation" by Presidential acclaim, continue to operate on these cornerstones:

Quality- Childcare is nationally recognized, accredited and exceeds all performance standards.

Convenience- Childcare is available on the installation.

Affordability- Childcare costs are affordable to all families.

Within CYP you will find something to meet your children’s needs, including:

  • Full, part time or hourly child care
  • Before/after school care
  • Camps
  • Programs for your middle school and teen youth
  • Instructional classes
  • Workforce preparation opportunities
  • Sports and fitness activities

Check out our Parent Handbook (pdf.) for additional information.

Mission Statement

DLA Susquehanna Child & Youth Program (CYP) supports military readiness by contributing to the wellbeing of families with children through quality, affordable childcare in center-based settings. All programs are developmentally appropriate and designed to provide for the social, emotional, physical, intellectual and cognitive growth of children regardless of age. Our goal is to reduce the conflict between parental responsibility and mission requirements. CYP is offered as a supplement to, not substitute for, the family as the primary agent for the care and development of the child. 

Program Descriptions

Parent Central Registration

Child and Youth Program (CYP) Parent Central Registration serves as a “one stop” shop for meeting your child care needs. Central Registration provides child care information, enrollment guidance, program information, referrals, and assistance in locating childcare on the installation.

All Central Registration are by appointment only; however, a request for care (DD form 2606) may be downloaded and dropped off at the CYP front desk, J Ave., Bldg. 255, throughout the business day.

Facility tours may be requested by contacting the Child Development Center (CDC) front desk. 

To make an appointment, please contact Parent Central Registration directly.

Contact:

Tel: (717) 770-4239
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Child Development Center (CDC): Ages 6 weeks–6 years (PreK)

Located on Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna, our Child Development Center (CDC) delivers hourly, full-day, and respite care for children in learning environments that encourage the development of motor, cognitive and social skills. Activities support the natural development of children and include individual, small group and large group experiences.

Child care fees are based on total family income (excluding certain special pay and allowances), not rank or civilian grade. Our center provides care for up to 126 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 6 years (Pre-Kindergarten). We are certified through the Department of Defense (DOD) and accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Our mission in to provide quality, availability and affordability. While your child is with us, you can expect a safe, secure and clean environment; warm and loving staff/child interactions; learning activities that are both age and developmentally appropriate; and a commitment to establishing and maintaining strong parent partnerships every step of the way.

For more information on our philosophy, curriculum and policies please review our family guide. Feel free to take advantage of our open door policy and stop in for more information or to tour our facility.  We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Contact:

Tel: (717) 770-7360
Email Us

School Age Services (SAS): Ages 6-12 Years

School Age Services (SAS) is for children ages six to twelve (grades K- 5). This program provides care before school, after school, and on school breaks. The MWR Susquehanna School Age Services is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).

Children can be dropped off at the in the mornings and the bus will take them to school. The bus will bring them back in the afternoon until their parents pick them up (Bus transportation is only provided for Hillside Elementary School and Saint Theresa School only).

Our programs offer a wide range of physical activities, arts & crafts, homework assistance, computer lab, character building, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, 4-H Chapter, field trips and more…

SAS Before and After School Program

  • Offered to all School Age Children.
  • Parents can choose Before School, After School, or both for children in Kindergarten – 5th Grade.
  • Program is Monday – Friday.
  • Summer Camp for children who have completed Kindergarten – 5th grade.
  • In-Service and Holiday care available through the school year.

Program topics include:

  • Sports, fitness and health options.
  • Life, skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities.
  • Arts, recreation and leisure activities.
  • Academic support, mentoring and intervention services.
Meals and snacks are included. Fees are based on total family income. SAS is partnered with 4-H, Operation Military Kids, and the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Summer Camp:

Summer Camp occurs when school is dismissed for summer break. This program is for children ages six to twelve (grades K-5; must have already completed Kindergarten to be eligible).

Contact:

Tel: (717) 770-6768
Email Us

Youth Services (YS): Ages 11-18 Years

Middle school and teen programs are available before and after school for children 11 to 18 years old. Youth Services offer positive activities for teenagers and help reduce unsupervised, teenage misconduct. Program topics include:

  • Sports, fitness and health options.
  • Life, skills, citizenship and leadership opportunities.
  • Arts, recreation and leisure activities.
  • Academic support, mentoring and intervention services.

Youth Services (YS) offers programs to the children and youth in 6th grade-12th grade.

OPEN RECREATION:

The Youth Program offers recreational programs to children ages six to eighteen. Open Rec offers different time frames for older and younger youth and provides a variety of recreational equipment to include video games, arts and crafts, pool tables, air hockey, computers, ping-pong tables, and board games.

Features

YS programs and activities include skill building projects, parties, arts and crafts, community events, and field trips. YS offers a multi-station technology lab with Internet access, various video game systems and gaming tables. YS patrons are provided with an opportunity to participate in many activities and field trips throughout the year including Summer Camp.

Summer Camp

YS offers a Summer Teen Camp for youth 13-15 years old which also includes opportunities to do community service projects. YS is partnered with 4-H, Operation Military Kids, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Look for special events throughout the year such as:

  • Youth Council meetings
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Bowling
  • Overnight lock-Ins
  • Special Guest Speakers
  • Field Trips and more…

Enrollment

All Youth Service patrons must be registered through Parent Central Registration to participate. Registration is free, although there is a charge for some activities.

Contact:

Tel: (717) 770-6768
Email Us

Information & Forms

Registration Documents & Forms

Families requesting childcare services meet with Central Registration to discuss their specific needs and available program options. Families must provide:

  • Completed registration package
  • Signed fee policy
  • Power of attorney (if military sponsor is deployed)
  • Family care plan, if single (parent) or dual military
  • Sponsor/spouse Social Security Numbers
  • Up to date shot record
  • Health assessment
  • LES/pay stubs or college schedule reflecting total family income
  • Two local escort/emergency contacts
  • Copy of latest Tax Return 

NOTES: Either parent may register child(ren), however, SPONSOR must sign forms to complete registration.

Forms:

Check out our Parent Handbook (pdf) for additional information.

Eligibility & Waiting Lists Priorities

Eligibility

The status of the sponsor determines the eligibility of children enrolled. Eligible Child and Youth Programs (CYP) patrons (sponsors) include:
  • Active duty military personnel.
  • DoD civilian personnel paid from both APF and NAF.
  • Reservists on active duty or inactive duty personnel training.
  • DoD contractors employed at DSCC or tenant activities on site (to include those employed at the child development center).

Waiting Lists Priorities

The priorities for the waitlist are outlined in the DoDI 6060.02, Child Development Programs, dated August 5, 2014. These priorities have been in effect since the issuance of the updated DoDI (Aug 2014) and should have been in effect at all 5 DLA sites since that time.

The CDC waiting list will be maintained in accordance with the MilitaryChildCare.com Family Types & Priorities guidelines.

Definitions

Active Duty: Personnel having orders for active duty for a period of at least 180 days (the time frame for which entitlements for a green identification card are authorized).

Full Time: Individuals who are required to be on duty regularly a minimum of 30 hours per week will be considered as “full time” employees. Individuals enrolled in school full-time (a minimum of 12 semester hours or equivalent) outside the home will be considered as employed on a “full time” basis. Proof of enrollment on official letterhead will be required.

Parent: A person (biological parent, adoptive parent, legal guardian or person who is able to be claimed as a family member for income tax purposes) who has custody of the child needing care.

Projected Demand: Patrons who require child care in the future (for example, individuals who are pregnant, families who are relocating, etc.).

Enrollment & Disenrollment

Admission Requirements

All parents must complete an enrollment package and provide a copy of their child’s immunization record and current health assessment in order to register their child in any CYP. Packets may be picked up or filled out online in advance. If the sponsor is divorced or separated, a copy of the legal documentation supporting this status must be provided at the time of registration. Single active duty military and dual active duty military parents must furnish a copy of their individual Family Care Plan at the time of registration. A Special Power of Attorney may be provided for families with deployed service members.

Re-registration / Annual Updates

Re-registration/Annual Updates require all previously submitted information to be verified for accuracy, updated (as needed), initialed and dated by either the spouse or the sponsor. Updated shot records, annual health assessments, and new USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program forms are required. Re-registration requires an appointment with Central Registration.

Disenrollment

We respect a parent’s right to disenroll their child from any CYP. One full week’s written notification is required. We reserve the right to cancel enrollment of a child within the program when a parent does not adhere to policies, including failure to pay user fees. Further, if we cannot meet the individual needs of a child within the group care; we reserve the right to withdraw your child.

Curriculum

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The Defense Logistics Agency operated child care programs use the Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum and Gold Assessment program as the basis for their curriculum. Classroom teachers also augment the curriculum with materials and classroom activities found in the multiple teaching resources provided in the staff library. Training and Curriculum Specialists assist classroom teachers in selecting developmentally/age appropriate lessons and materials for use in the classrooms. 

The following skills are emphasized: listening skills, being able to follow two-to three-step directions, knowing how to take turns and make choices, basic self-help skills, and fine-motor skills, such as holding and controlling a pencil and scissors.  Being emotionally ready for school is also very important for school success. Helping your child to identify and regulate their emotions, and feel good about themselves and others, are important school-readiness skills. Play is an essential part of the kindergarten day and is balanced with academics. Play is an important part of young children’s social-emotional development. Children engage in rich and varied play experiences to help them learn to become responsible and confident participants in the classroom. Play encourages them to explore, investigate, create, think, and problem solve, and promotes their cognitive and language skills.


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Family Resources

Child Care Aware: Child Care Aware provides comprehensive, nationwide child care resources and information for parents and caregivers.

HealthyChildren.org: Operated by the American Academy of Pediatrics, this site provides information on ages and stages, child safety, family life, healthy living and health issues, child and adolescent development, etc.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC): The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. NAEYC Accreditation is the gold standard for early childhood programs across the country. Families of young children who attend NAEYC-accredited programs can be confident that they deliver the highest quality early care and education.

ZERO TO THREE: ZERO TO THREE is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers.

Remind

The Child & Youth Programs utilize the Remind app for providing information on the programs offered, special activities/events, hours of operation, etc., within all of our programs. This service also serves as a notification system during times that programs are closed or delayed due to emergencies or adverse weather.

Please click here for instructions on signing up for the Remind app.

Summer Camp Programs

Whether you are currently stationed here or getting ready to move to Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna, finding and requesting placement for a summer camp program has never been easier, thanks to MilitaryChildCare.com.

To search for summer camps, simply create or log on to your existing MilitaryChildCare.com account, and conduct an Advanced Search for “School Age Care” programs. The results will include the Summer Camp options that are available across all Military Services within the search radius you have indicated. You may conduct camp searches from any location and at any time of day, and you may submit unlimited summer camp requests.

Once you have selected which camps you prefer on the MilitaryChildCare.com website, you will automatically be placed on waitlists for those camps and receive routine notifications about your status. At any time, you can log on to your MilitaryChildCare.com account and make changes to your family profile or your camp requests.

To learn more or to begin the summer camp request process, visit MilitaryChildCare.com. For general questions about Susquehanna’s summer camps, please contact Parent Central Registration at (717) 770-4239.

USDA Food Program

Nutritious meal and snacks are an important part of your child’s day. All food served within the CYP meet the standards set by the United States Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Food from home may not be brought to the center. Children requiring a special diet for medical or religious reasons must present a written statement signed by a physician in order that substitutions can be provided.

Family Style Dining

Family style dining is conducted in each classroom. Caregivers sit and eat with the children to enhance social interaction and promote healthy eating habits. Children are encouraged to sample all foods, but are not forced to eat. Children participate in setting the tables, serving and clean up.

Food Allergies

Child Nutrition Regulation 7 CFR 226.20 (h) of the Child and Adult Care Food Program states: “Substitutions because of medical needs shall be made only when supported by a statement from a recognized medical authority which includes recommended alternate foods.” Parents are required to provide a doctor’s statement of the child’s food allergy and recommended substitutions noting portion and frequency of each substitution. Upon receipt of this information, the center may be able to provide alternate foods for the child. A MIAT will be held for children with special diet needs. Additionally, children who have allergies will be given a red placemat to use while they are at the CYP. The placemat alerts the caregivers that the child has an allergy and adds an additional layer of prevention against the child receiving items that he/she is allergic to.

Parents as Partners

We believe that involving parents in activities is important for both you and your child. When parents are involved in the program, it strengthens the continuity between a child’s experiences at home and the program. There are a variety of ways you can become involved in the Center.

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

Do you have a child registered with Child and Youth Program (CYP)? If so, your input is needed! We have a committee made up of parent representatives from all military ranks and civilian support personnel that provide recommendations to program staff and the Command for improving services and program operations. This Committee also helps with special events scheduled for the Program.  

The purpose of the PAC Meeting is to allow families the opportunity to voice their ideas about current and future programing for CYP; enhancing communication directly between CYP managers and local CYP patrons. Various topics can be covered to include policies, procedures, programming and more.

Meetings are held quarterly at CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255. No registration is required. Interested patrons are welcome to just show up. 

Be a part of the Parent Advisory Committee; ask at our center for more information. 

Parent Participation Program

Parents are encouraged to participate in our program in a variety of ways. Upon enrollment into the program, parents are expected to visit the center for an orientation and tour of the facility and programs. Other opportunities include, but are not limited to, conferences, visitation, being a parent volunteer, participation in special events and projects, and daily communication with your child’s caregiver. We also strive to involve parents by offering them the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of child development and parenting skills through resources such as lending library, in-service training, parent seminars, and other community activities. Child care fee discounts may be available for parent participation if certain requirements are met. For more information about the Parent Participation Program, see the program director.

This is a program that enables parents to receive a discount on childcare fees through volunteer opportunities available with Child and Youth Program.

CYP Parent Participation Points

  • Parents can earn 1 point per hour for approved volunteer opportunities in a CYP activity.
  • Ten points will earn a 10% discount to the oldest child’s fees  for the following month.
  • Unused points will carry over to the next month, but may not be transferred to another family.
  • Volunteer opportunities should be scheduled in advance and receive prior approval
  • Parent volunteers must sign in and sign out when volunteering to receive credit for their time.
  • Discounts will only be applied during the first billing cycle of a month.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Child Development Center (CDC) has an “Open Door” policy, thus parents may come and visit at any time during operating hours.

Research shows parents who are actively involved in the care and education of their child(ren) have a direct, positive impact on their child’s educational success. We’re committed to maintaining a strong partnership with our parents and your participation is always welcome!

The CDC offers a variety of ways in which parents can become involved. If you don’t find anything on the list that interests you, see a member of management or your child’s teacher for additional suggestions.

  • Read a book to your child’s class or record books on tape.
  • Volunteer in the classroom. Note: please speak with the CDC Director about ways you may be involved in the classroom occasionally or on a regular basis. There are training requirements for this type of participation.
  • Help create a display or bulletin board.
  • Make home-made games for the children to use during rest time when they aren’t feeling sleepy.
  • Attend parent education activities.
  • Assist during special events such as the Easter Egg Hunt, Volunteer Appreciation, and other holiday activities.
  • Accompany your child’s class on a nature walk or visit to the installation’s fire station.
  • Share your occupation, hobby, or special talent with a group of children.
  • Join your child for lunch or snack and learn about “Family Style” dining in the center setting.
  • Become a part of the Parent Advisory Council (PAC), a group that meets periodically with the CDC Director and Child & Youth Program (CYP) Coordinator to discuss center updates, staffing changes, special events, etc.

If you would like to receive details on how to become a part of this important group, please let us know.

Boys and Girls Club

The School Age and Youth Program is an affiliate of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

For more details of the Boys and Girls Club programming offered through CYP, visit www.bgca.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Am I eligible?

  • Active duty military personnel
  • DOD civilian personnel paid from both APF and NAF
  • Reservists on active duty or inactive duty personnel training
  • DOD contractors employed at Susquehanna or tenant activities on site (to include those employed at the Child Development Center)

2. How do I register my child for child care on a different installation than my home installation?

To add your child to the wait list, please visit MilitaryChildCare.com or call Parent Central Registration at (717) 770-4239.

Whether you are currently stationed here or getting ready to move to New Cumberland, finding and requesting placement for childcare and summer camp activities has never been easier, thanks to MilitaryChildCare.com. Whether you’re a soon-to-be, first-time parent or a veteran parent to school age children, finding the right child care for your family can seem like a daunting task.

MilitaryChildCare.com is a Department of Defense website for DoD Military and Civilian families seeking child care. The single online gateway provides access to comprehensive information on military-operated and child care options across all Services. It enables families to search for and request care, manage their requests, and update their profile online, making it easier for families to find the child care they need.

If you have general or technical questions about the site, call the MCC Help Desk toll-free at 1-855-696-2934. Or, for more information, please contact Parent Central Registration at (717) 770-4239.

3. What are the priorities that will be used for the waitlist?

The priorities for the waitlist are outlined in the DoDI 6060.02, Child Development Programs (CDP), dated August 5, 2014. These priorities have been in effect since the issuance of the updated DoDI (Aug 2014) and should have been in effect at all 5 DLA sites since that time.

The following information is extracted from Enclosure 3 of DoDI 6060.02:

1. PRIORITY SYSTEM. To the extent possible, CDPs shall be offered to the qualifying children of eligible patrons.

a. Priority 1.** The highest priority for full-time care shall be given to qualifying children from birth through age 12 years of age of combat related wounded warriors, child development program direct care staff, single or dual active duty Military Service members, single or dual DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat related incident, and those acting in loco parentis on behalf of the aforementioned eligible patrons. With the exception of combat related wounded warriors, ALL eligible parents or caregivers residing with the child are employed outside the home.

b. Priority 2. The second priority for full-time care shall be given equally to qualifying children from birth through 12 years of age of active duty Military Service members, DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat related incident, and those acting in loco parentis on behalf of the aforementioned eligible patrons, where a non-working spouse, or in the case of a DoD civilian employee with a same-sex domestic partner, is actively seeking employment. The status of actively seeking employment must be verified every 90 days.

c. Priority 3. The third priority for full-time care shall be given equally to qualifying children from birth through 12 years of age of active duty Military Service members, DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF, surviving spouses of military members who died from a combat related incident, and those acting in loco parentis on behalf of the aforementioned eligible patrons, where a non-working spouse, or in the case of a DoD civilian employee with a same-sex domestic partner, is enrolled in an accredited post-secondary institution. The status of post-secondary enrollment must be verified every 90 days.

d. Space Available. After meeting the needs of parents in priorities 1, 2, and 3, CDPs shall support the need for full-time care for other eligible patrons such as active duty Military Service members with non-working spouses, DoD civilian employees paid from APF and NAF with non-working spouses or same-sex domestic partners, eligible employees of DoD Contractors, Federal employees from non-DoD agencies, and military retirees on a space available basis. In this category, CDPs may also authorize otherwise ineligible patrons in accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1783, 1791 through 1800, 2809, and 2812 to enroll in the CDP to make more efficient use of DoD facilities and resources.

e. Priority Determination. Individual priorities will be determined based on the date of application with the DoD Component. Components may only establish sub-priorities if unique mission related installation requirements are identified by higher headquarters.

**Priority 1 is given by order of precedence while priorities 2 and 3 are given equally.

 

4. Where do I find the local registration office?

Parent Central Registration is located in the main Child and Youth Program’s building on J Avenue, Bldg. 255. Parent Central Registration is by appointment only.  To make an appointment with Parent Central Registration, please call (717) 770-4239.

5. How do I register my child with CYP for a Summer Camp Program?

Whether you are currently stationed here or getting ready to move to [Insert name of installation], finding and requesting placement for a summer camp program has never been easier, thanks to MilitaryChildCare.com.

To search for summer camps, simply create or log on to your existing MilitaryChildCare.com account, and conduct an Advanced Search for “School Age Care” programs. The results will include the Summer Camp options that are available across all Military Services within the search radius you have indicated. You may conduct camp searches from any location and at any time of day, and you may submit unlimited summer camp requests.

Once you have selected which camps you prefer on the MilitaryChildCare.com website, you will automatically be placed on waitlists for those camps and receive routine notifications about your status. At any time, you can log on to your MilitaryChildCare.com account and make changes to your family profile or your camp requests.

To learn more or to begin the summer camp request process, visit MilitaryChildCare.com. For general questions about Susquehanna’s summer camps, please contact Parent Central Registration at (717) 770-4239.

6. Is childcare available only on post?

Yes, child care through CYP currently is only provided on post in the Child Development Center (CDC) and School Age Services (SAS) located on Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna.

7. I am expecting a baby in a few months and I'm told that the waitlist is very long. What advice can you give me?

Families should go to MilitaryChildCare.com and create an account. Families will have the opportunity to select childcare options from all DoD childcare programs. 

We recognize that infant care is in high demand and waitlists can be long. We recommend putting your name on multiple lists so that you may increase your chances for a space.

8. How much do the different programs cost?

All child care program fees are based on Total Family Income calculated during the registration process. Each school year the Higher Headquarters releases a new fee chart to reflect any changes in fees. For more information or to obtain a current fee chart please contact Parent Central Registration at (717) 770-4239.

9. My child is on medication; can he/she bring the medication with him/her to school?

It depends on the medication. Some medications need to be specifically approved and some are not allowed (such as over-the-counter medications), while rescue medications must be accompanied by a Medical Action Plan. But don’t worry, at the time of registration all parents complete a Health Screening Tool and if necessary we will begin the Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team process to determine what accommodations your child will require while using CYP.

10. What happens if there is an unplanned school closure?

Anytime the schools are closed, CYP will try to assist with providing child care to registered CYP children; however, there is a possibility that all CYP programs may not take place or could potentially operate with limited services based on staffing. If there is a delayed school opening due to inclement weather, the Child Development Center and School Age Services may be authorized to open to assist as long as it complies with DLA Susquehanna Inclement Weather Policy. The Installation Commander’s executive decision will determine if road conditions are suitable or not which could result in an installation-wide delay and/or closure. Prior to making the commute, please utilize the DDSP Adverse Weather Line for Installation closures and delay updates:

(717) 770-2866 (Local Calling Area)
1-877-639-2012 (Outside Local Area Code)
(717) 770-6140 (TDD - Hearing Impaired)
1-800-413-0756 (TDD Toll Free)
(717) 605-2000 (Mechanicsburg Employees Only)
1-888-427-6001 (Toll Free Mechanicsburg)

11. Do buses take children both on and off-post?

Yes, school buses pick up and drop off children from select locations both on and off the installation based on your physical residence address. Children can be dropped off at the in the mornings and the bus will take them to school. The bus will bring them back in the afternoon until their parents pick them up (Bus transportation is only provided for Hillside Elementary School only). For more information, please contact Parent Central Registration at (717) 770-4239.

12. Can I volunteer at the center?

The CDC has an “Open Door” policy, thus parents may come and visit at any time during operating hours. Research shows parents who are actively involved in the care and education of their child(ren) have a direct, positive impact on their child’s educational success. We’re committed to maintaining a strong partnership with our parents and your participation is always welcome! The CDC offers a variety of ways in which parents can become involved.  If you don’t find anything on the list that interests you, see a member of management or your child’s teacher for additional suggestions.

  • Read a book to your child’s class or record books on tape.
  • Volunteer in the classroom. Note: please speak with the CDC Director about ways you may be involved in the classroom occasionally or on a regular basis.  There are training requirements for this type of participation.
  • Help create a display or bulletin board.
  • Make home-made games for the children to use during rest time when they aren’t feeling sleepy.
  • Attend parent education activities.
  • Assist during special events such as the Pinwheel Parade, Fall Festival, Muffins with Mommy, or Donuts with Daddy.
  • Share your occupation, hobby, or special talent with a group of children.
  • Join your child for lunch or snack and learn about “Family Style” dining in the center setting.

13. What is the Parent Advisory Council (PAC)?

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) is a great way to get involved and be connected!

The PAC is a valuable source of consolidated feedback to the Child and Youth Program (CYP), and serves as an important channel of communication from CYP to the parents.

PAC Meetings allow families the opportunity to voice their ideas about current and future programing for CYP, enhancing communication directly between CYP managers and local CYP patrons.

Various topics can be covered to include policies, procedures, programming and more.

  • Meetings are held quarterly at CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255.
  • No registration is required. Walk-ins are welcomed.

If you have a child registered with CYP, or if you expect to have a child registered in the future, please consider serving on the Council, or otherwise volunteering.

Apr
01-30

National Child Abuse Prevention Month Share

3:30 PM
FAP, G Ave., Bldg. 400 , New Cumberland, PA

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Apr
01-30

Month of the Military Child Share

3:30 PM
CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255 , New Cumberland, PA

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Apr
30

“Purple Up!” Clothing Theme Day Share

4:00 PM
CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255 , New Cumberland, PA

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May
01

Parent Advisory Council Meeting Share

12:00 PM
CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255 , New Cumberland, PA

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May
05

Centennial Children’s Trout Derby Share

8:00 AM
Installation Children’s Trout Pond (located off Perimeter Road) , New Cumberland, PA

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May
11

CPR Training Course Share

9:00 AM
Swimming Pool, A Ave., Bldg. 336 , New Cumberland, PA

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May
11

Muffins for Moms Share

2:00 PM
CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255 , New Cumberland, PA

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May
15

Summer Camp Orientation Share

5:15 PM
CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255 , New Cumberland, PA

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May
17

Summer Camp Orientation Share

5:15 PM
CYP, J Ave., Bldg. 255 , New Cumberland, PA

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May
19-20

Lifeguard Training Course Share

9:00 AM
Swimming Pool, A Ave., Bldg. 336 , New Cumberland, PA

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Jun
08

CPR Training Course Share

9:00 AM
Swimming Pool, A Ave., Bldg. 336 , New Cumberland, PA

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Jul
13

CPR Training Course Share

9:00 AM
Swimming Pool, A Ave., Bldg. 336 , New Cumberland, PA

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Aug
10

CPR Training Course Share

9:00 AM
Swimming Pool, A Ave., Bldg. 336 , New Cumberland, PA

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Aug
15

Centennial SummerFest & Organizational Day Share

11:30 AM
Installation Fest Area (Riverview Golf Course Practice Range) , New Cumberland, PA

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Sep
07

CPR Training Course Share

9:00 AM
Swimming Pool, A Ave., Bldg. 336 , New Cumberland, PA

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