The Department of Defense requires each Garrison to develop a child supervision policy that offers guidelines for parents and the community to ensure child safety and parental responsibility.
Be sure to check out the Home Alone policy on your Garrison - Click here to find local Garrison CYS services.
CYS is committed to improving Family readiness by:
- Standardizing and funding existing Family programs and services
- Increasing accessibility and quality of healthcare
- Improving Soldier and Family housing
- Ensuring excellence in schools, youth services, and child care
- Expanding education and employment opportunities for Family members
- "TRICARE 365" DVDs Address Deployment Issues for Military Children
Military pediatricians and youth professionals, including The United States Army Medical Command and the American Academy of Pediatrics, developed DVDs to help military children understand and deal with the emotions related to a family member's deployment.
For teens is the DVD "Military Youth Coping with Separation: When Family Members Deploy" in which real teens discuss deployment and various coping mechanisms.
For elementary age children there is the "Mr. Poe and Friends Discuss Reunion After Deployment" DVD. The animated host, Mr. Poe, mentors and provides guidance to children and Family members as they discuss deployment.
Both videos are available for online viewing on the American Academy of Pediatrics Deployment Support Web site.
Click here to order the videos in DVD format through Military One Source or call 1-800-342-9647. Click here to view the TRICARE News Release about the DVDs.
- Coping With Their Parents' War
A Washington Post article about the stress multiple deployments put on children of Military Families, and ways to cope. (Opens new window)
- More Resources for Military Children Affected by Deployment
When parents are deployed, this can place a great amount of stress on children. The attached document provides an extensive list of resources (books, kits, DVDs, and web sites) targeted at helping children and parents cope during deployment. Click here to download Resources for Military Children Affected by Deployment (PDF 25KB).
- The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, and the USO (United Service Organizations) partnered to bring "The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families" to 42 military installations in the U.S. during the summer and fall of 2008, reaching over 75,000 people. The Sesame Street Experience was produced in conjunction with Sesame Workshop’s Talk, Listen, Connect initiative, a military outreach program that aims to help children cope with the absence – and homecoming – of a deployed parent or loved one. If you missed-out on the show, many of the topics Elmo and his friends discussed and sang about can be found on the Talk, Listen, Connect DVD series, which tells the story of Elmo coping with his father having to leave home.
To download and watch the videos, or for more information on "The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families" or Talk, Listen, Connect, visit http://www.sesameworkshop.org/initiatives/emotion/tlc (Opens new window).