Child & Youth Program

CYP is committed to providing quality programs and services to our military, civilians and families. It is the expectation that the customer will receive the highest level of service. Patron eligibility and priority is determined in accordance with DOD guidance.

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


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

Before & After School Care

Monday5:45-8 a.m. & 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday5:45-8 a.m. & 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday5:45-8 a.m. & 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Thursday5:45-8 a.m. & 3:30-5:15 p.m.
Friday5:45-8 a.m. & 3:30-5:15 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Program Highlights:

  • Bussing to and from St. Theresa and Hillside Elementary.
  • 4-H and BGCA program partnerships.
  • Staff available to provide care during in-service/remote learning days.
  • After-School homework assistance.
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snack provided.

Part-Day Kindergarten

Monday11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Thursday11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday11:45 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed
U.S. Federal HolidaysClosed

Program Highlights:

  • Bussing to and from Hillside Elementary.
  • 4-H and BGCA program partnerships.
  • Extension of West Shore School District kindergarten classroom curriculum.
  • Lunch and Snack provided.

Child and Youth Program (CYP)

 

Child and Youth Program (CYP) encompasses all aspects of childcare and provides high quality developmental and recreational programs for children and youth, ages 6 weeks through 5th grade, which includes: center-based full day 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 COA Accredited program and childcare 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 comprehensive, research-informed curriculum, The Early Learning Matters (ELM) is a program to support the optimal learning and development of children from birth to five years of age. The curriculum promotes skills linked to school readiness and life success with the best practices available.

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 or part time care
  • Before/after school care
  • Camps
  • Instructional classes
  • Workforce preparation opportunities
  • Sports and fitness activities

Check out our Parent Handbook below 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

Child Development Center (CDC): Ages 6 weeks–5 years

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 127 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years. We are certified through the Department of Defense (DOD).

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): Kindergarten - 5th grade

School Age Services (SAS) is for children 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).

A bus will transport children from the School-Age Services program 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, 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 grades K-5; must have already completed Kindergarten to be eligible and may participate until the end of 5th grade.

Contact:

Tel: 717-770-7360 
Email Us

Information & Forms

Registration Documents

Families requesting childcare services meet with Administration 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
  • Up to date shot record
  • Health assessment
  • LES/pay stubs or college schedule reflecting total family income
  • Two local escort/emergency contacts

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

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. A 30 day 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.

CYP Curriculum

CYP implements the Early Learning Matters (ELM) curriculum for our children who are 6 weeks to 5 years of age.  It is a comprehensive, research-informed curriculum which presents skills to learn in a sequential and logical order.  The curriculum promotes a balance of teacher-guided activities with child-initiated activities.  The infants/toddlers section is divided into 25 two week blocks of instruction in the Communication/Language, Cognitive, Self-Regulation, Social/Emotional and Physical/Health domains.  The preschool section is divided into 50 weeks of instruction in the Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Creative, Social Studies, Science, Self-Regulation, Social/Emotional and Physical/Health domains.  The preschool sections include four 15 minute periods of teacher instruction throughout the day.

Each classroom is designed to meet the needs of the age and developmental level of the children enrolled while respecting each child’s unique style of learning.  A variety of multi-cultural, non-sexist toys, equipment and activities, that will promote interaction between the children and the world which surrounds them, are available.  Teachers facilitate learning by guiding children to an activity/learning center and encouraging participation.  Teachers prepare lesson plans based on the interests of the children and the established goals.  The child can make choices when selecting an activity, thus learning valuable life lessons that will have long lasting effects.  Learning centers generally consist of the following area:  science, blocks, music, art, books, tabletop toys, sand/water table, dramatic play, and, in some age groups, computers.


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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.

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.

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 CYP at 717-770-7360.

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.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

 

For FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their subrecipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination Statement: In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  • Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

 

  • Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  • Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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.

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. 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 the Child and Youth Program (CYP) at 717-770-7360.

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 CYP at 717-770-7360

2. 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 CYP at 717-770-7360.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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 CYP at 717-770-7360.

6. 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.

7. 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)

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