Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
new Child Development Center, building 1796 at Fort McCoy, is moving
steadily toward a projected Sept. 1 opening date.
Child, Youth and School Services
staff prepare a room in the new Child Development Center to open
to children in September. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
new facility will accommodate youth from 6 weeks to five years old.
Fink, Fort McCoy Child, Youth and School Services (CYSS) coordinator,
said new playground equipment is in place, and CYSS staff members are
completing preparations, such as setting up the classroom environments
and sanitizing all of the new toys.
landscaping work also is continuing. "Staff members and the
families are looking forward to moving into the new building,"
Fink said. "It offers modern areas for age-specific activities
and up-to-date areas for the kitchen area and other amenities,"
such as an activity room that will be especially appreciated on rainy
days and during the long winter when it can get too cold to be outside
for very long.
and youth involved in the program were offered a tour of the new
facility. Fink said CYSS will schedule an open house in the future so
members of the Fort McCoy community can see and tour the new facility.
$4.8 million, 13,000-square-foot facility was funded with appropriated
funds authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act through a
Department of Defense contract. Murillo Modular group of Carrollton,
Texas, constructed the building, which was built in modular sections.
said the playground equipment from the current CDC, building 1747,
will remain at that site for the time being.
in the CDC will use the area as a park playground off site, until
further notice, she said.
also is expected to begin later this year, as soon as funding is
released, for a new Youth Center, which will accommodate youth ages
Smith, CDC director, said the new CDC is waiting for items that are on
back order, such as kitchen items, etc., to prepare for operations in
the new facility.
new facilities also will help provide expanded access to child care,
which will improve the quality-of-life support for military families
at Fort McCoy," Smith said. "The facility will help us
support the Army’s commitment to take care of the Army’s Families
through the Army Family Covenant."
new facility helps improve family readiness by ensuring excellence in
schools, youth services and child care.
new Fort McCoy CDC is one of 20 facilities being built under an
accelerated Department of Defense-wide program to support military
his 2008 State of the Union address then-President George W. Bush
called on Congress to provide more quality-of-life support for
military families, including expanded access to child care, according
to an article in American Forces Press Service.
more information about CDC programs in the Fort McCoy community, call