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Work for Child, Youth and School Services

The Army offers programs to more than 137,000 eligible children and youth, every day at 125 locations in 28 states, the District of Columbia and nine different countries and territories. CYS Services has many positions available for DoD civilians, military spouses and others who are interested in assisting Military Families. 

CYS Services Employment
  • Benefits @ CYS Services:
    There are many exciting reasons to work for CYS Services. Not only are you supporting military Families, there are lots of great benefits:
    • Rewarding career development opportunities
    • Working in a supportive child care environment
    • Exciting recreational opportunities
    • Working with children
    • Gratitude from the military Families that need your support
    • Paid Federal holidays
    • Retirement plan
    • Healthcare plans
    • Group life insurance
  • The Management Trainee Program
    For recent college graduates who are interested in the opportunity to develop a managerial career in Child, Youth & School Services. Trainees are given the opportunity to learn how the Army's CYS program functions by working at every level of the operation. On-the-job training programs vary according to availability at installations. Opportunities may include: operation of Child Development Centers, Family Child Care Homes, School-Age Services, summer camps, and Youth Centers with sports and fitness programs; services for children and youth with special needs; planning, development and execution of programs; community partnerships, outreach and volunteer programs; federal nutrition guidelines, preparation on financial reports and budgets, and evaluation of financial statements and trends.

    For more information about the program, check out the Management Trainee Program website.
  • CYSitters
    CYSitters CurriculumArmy Child, Youth & School Services offers CYSitter training for teens (13 -18 years) and adults who would like to provide intermittent care (babysitting) for military Families living on and off post. Trained CYSitters learn to provide age-appropriate care and resolve any potentially dangerous situations. All CYSitters receive CPR and First Aid training as part o f the program. Adult babysitters will complete additional training and a background check. CYSitters who successfully complete the training may add their name to the CYS Services Babysitter Referral list, which is maintained by the CYS Outreach Services Director. Volunteer CYSitters may receive community service credit through the CYS Promise Passport program or their school's community service program. Interested teens and adults should contact the CYS Outreach Services Director at their Garrison or their state 4-H Military Liaison.

    For more information, click here for the website or contact your Garrison - Click here to find local Garrison CYS services.
  • Brief Job Descriptions
    Are you interested in working for CYS Services? Find out how you can get in involved at your Garrison through some of the exciting roles below.

    Training and Curriculum/Program Specialists: Responsible for conducting training for all CYS direct care. Training topics include child growth and development, child health and nutrition, developmental programming, discipline techniques, parent relations, family style dining, child abuse identification and reporting, and safety.

    Food Service Manager: Plans and implements food services for child care programs. The Food Service Manager plans economical USDA-approved meals, ensures nutrition training is provided for staff and parents, and ensures the food program meets health and sanitation requirements.

    Child Development Teachers: Prepares lesson plans for child activities according to the needs, interests, and abilities of each child. The teachers role model communication and interaction for staff and parents and provide first-line supervision for direct care staff.

    Program Assistants and FCC Providers: Responsible for implementing program activities that support children's physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development.

    School Liaison Officer: Responsible for the operation, integration, coordination, and oversight of all Garrison CYS issues involving schools and their relationship to the local military community.

    Sports & Fitness Program Associate: Responsible for providing support and assistance to activity Director, and Installation Volunteer Sports Coaches. Encourages participant interest and establishes a program setting that promotes positive child and youth interactions with other children, youth, and adults. Assists Sports & Fitness Director in training coaches using the National Youth Sports Coaches Association (NYSCA) training guidelines. Shares expertise in the operation of intramural programs for youth and providing skill-building programs for children. Assists coaches in practice procedures, operating an effective coach/parent meeting and parent relations. Assists trainer in training staff and providers in sports/fitness related areas.

    Technology Specialist: Responsible for integrating technology into all aspects of CYS operations including Child Development Centers, Family Child Care System, School Age Services Programs, Youth Services Programs and Child and Youth Liaison, Education and Outreach Services including Youth Education Support Services and Outreach Services. Designs and implements a comprehensive Educational Technology Program for school-age children, middle school youth, and teens attending CYS programs.

  • Employment Opportunities:
    • Civilian Personnel On-Line - If interested in a position with CYS Services, or for more information.
    • MWR Jobs - Visit for information about working with MWR.
    • USA Jobs - For federal jobs and employment information.
    • Army FCC Online - Visit and select the nearest installation to learn more about becoming an FCC Provider.

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Volunteer for CYS Services

Volunteer work is a great way to get out and meet new and interesting people at your Garrison and keep up your work skills. If you have some spare time or are looking for something to do, you should consider volunteering. There are numerous on-post volunteer opportunities for adults and teens. Examples of positions that may be available at your Garrison include working at the Youth Center or Child Development Center, coaching a sports team, being a room parent, chaperoning a field trip, or getting involved in the Parent Advisory Council, among other positions.

Contact your Garrison to find information about volunteer opportunities - Click here to find local Garrison CYS services.