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Community Partnerships

(All Ages) Through partnerships with organizations such as 4-H, the American Legion, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, CHARACTER COUNTS!, Military Child Education Coalition, the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies, Operation: Military Kids and organizations in the local community, CYS is able to deliver quality education programs to children and youth, as well as provide support to Army Families.

Caregiving Resource to Continue at Reduced Military Fee

Department of DefenseThe Defense Department’s contract with the Sittercity Corporate Program for military families’ caregiver needs will expire July 31, but the service will remain available at a discounted military fee, Pentagon officials said yesterday.

DoD contracted with the database service in 2010 when U.S. service members were frequently deployed during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Then a free service for military families, the database offered caregiver options from babysitting services, nannies and senior-care providers to pet sitting and tutoring.

"The Defense Department contracted with Sittercity when the operational tempo was very high,” said Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy. “The program offered additional in-home care solutions and support to military families impacted by increased deployments and family separations. Over the past 18 months, with the reduction in combat deployments, that need is not as great.”

Variety of Resources

DoD’s commitment to service members and their families remains strong, Williams said.

“While the funding to support families through this particular contract has expired, many other resources remain available,” she noted.

Williams encourages service members and their families to contact a Military OneSource consultant at 800-342-9647 for confidential help with any of the many challenges a military family can face.

Specialty consultants work with military families on a one-on-one basis, online or by phone to meet specific caregiving needs. Such services include care for children, including those with special needs. Other services include care for adults with disabilities, eldercare and wounded warrior care and tutoring.

Active-duty and reserve-component service members and their families can continue to access their accounts through on Aug. 1, when the discounted fees are applied, officials said.


4-H partners with CYS Services to provide technical assistance and training for military child care staff and establish 4-H clubs for military youth on installations around the world. 4-H clubs in communities have also opened their doors to military youth living off-post and to youth of Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Families. 4-H clubs provide predictability and stability, reassuring parents that their children are in safe and nurturing environments.

Learn more about 4-H through these videos produced by Army Youth from Fort Leonard Wood Missouri with help from the Army/4-H Youth Development Project staff from Army Family & MWR Command and National 4-H Headquarters:

For information, visit National 4-H Headquarters.

Over 7,000 Army
youth are now
enrolled in 295
4-H Clubs around the

American Legion
American Legion

The American Legion's Family Support Network stands ready to assist military Families. What kind of help is available? Grocery shopping, childcare, lawn care, fixing the family car, scholarships, and or help with countless other challenges faced by military spouses.

For information visit the American Legion Family Support Network, or call 1-800-504-4098.

Boys and Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs

Boys & Girls Club-affiliated Youth Centers help young people succeed in school, stay healthy, learn important skills, pursue the arts and sports, and explore vocational choices. Most importantly, the Youth Center shows youngsters that someone cares and wants them to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

For information, visit Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Helping boys and girls to:
  • Discover their needs
  • Pursue their interests
  • Nurture their talents
  • Broaden their viewpoints
  • Dissolve their prejudices


CHARACTER COUNTS! encourages dialogue about life issues, analysis of personal belief systems, and application of ethical and moral principles to everyday activities. Through CHARACTER COUNTS!, young people have the opportunity to emerge from CYS programs as more productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Academic studies, disciplinary records, and first-person reports from teachers, coaches and parents show that CHARACTER COUNTS! has a positive impact on attitudes and behaviors.

For information visit CHARACTER COUNTS!.

Incorporates the Six Pillars
of Character:
  1. Trustworthiness
  2. Respect
  3. Responsibility
  4. Fairness
  5. Caring
  6. Citizenship

Military Child Education Coalition
Military Child Education Coalition

Military Families are often highly mobile, which may create stress for children who are constantly switching school districts. The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) works to level the educational playing field for military children around the world.

For information visit Military Child Education Coalition.

Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN)

Army Youth Programs in Your Neighborhood (AYPYN) partners with school districts and other community based youth organizations that provide quality after school programs for youth 11-18 years of age attending secondary schools (middle, junior high, high schools) off the installation.  

AYPYN provides:    

  • funds
  • technical assistance
  • training in support of existing after school programs
  • development of new high student interest programs

AYPYN supported afterschool programs are offered Monday through Friday for all youth attending supported schools at no cost during the regular school year. AYPYN also supports off-post summer programs which youth may be assessed a fee.   

For more information about the AYPYN program, please send inquiries to