Child and Youth Services has been renamed Army Child, Youth &
School (CYS) Services as part of a renewed focus at every level of the
Army to support the schools serving Army children.
CYS as part of the acronym represents the three major components of
the mission: services related to children, youth and school. Army
leaders say this higher level of engagement is critical in addressing
the impacts on military-connected students caused by the stresses of
deployment and troop movements as the Army transforms to an
expeditionary force during this time of persistent conflict.
scope of what is to be incorporated as part of the expanded schoolís
mission (i.e., enhanced school liaison and transition actions)
currently is under development as part of a comprehensive Installation
Management Command School Support strategy.
Lucas, director of the Army CYS, said the renaming of the organization
is a tangible sign of delivering on the promise of the Army Family
Covenant for Active, Guard and Reserve Soldiers.
each schoolís standards vary, as the Army transforms to an
Expeditionary Force during this time of persistent conflict, teachers
need to know that children will suddenly have to take time off to
either say goodbye to their father or mother or welcome them home
after a year or two overseas," Lucas said. "In between, the
wait can be stressful."
schools have military children and understand the pressures they face,
but other schools only have a few military students in their
classes," she said. "This is why we advocate for school
liaisons to help school officials and parents help military youth make
Fink, the Fort McCoy CYS coordinator, said incoming Fort McCoy
families will benefit from the installationís Youth Sponsorship
program as part of the increased emphasis on school issues. The Youth
Sponsorship program will include youth in the school age and middle
school/teen programs, and is under the school liaison
Walley, Fort McCoy Outreach Services director, serves as the Fort
McCoy School Liaison officer and also will serve as the point of
contact for the Youth Sponsorship program.
Youth Sponsorship program allows incoming youth to be connected with
youth already in the Fort McCoy community," Walley said.
"This will ease some of the anxieties that come from
offering quality programs for children, youth and students from 6
weeks to 18 years, the CYS supports the Army Family Covenant by
reducing the conflict between mission readiness and parental
names of the organizations under the Fort McCoy CYS will remain the
same for the foreseeable future. The Child Development Center will
serve children ages 6 weeks to kindergarten. The SAS program serves
youth in grades kindergarten through five and the Middle School and
Teen Programs will serve youth in grades six to 12.
information about the CYS program at the Fort McCoy level can be found
at the Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
or about the Youth Sponsorship Program by calling Walley at (608)
Army, through CYS, will do all it can to mitigate the stresses of
deployments and help children cope through close cooperation with the
school systems, Lucas said.
more information about CYS on the Army level, visit the Web sites http://www.armymwr.com/portal/family/childandyouth/cys-services.asp.
(Some information in this story is from the Army Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs Office.)