It’s such a special time when your children start school, and our Youth Programs (YP) are ready to help meet their needs before and after school. Our goal is to support your child’s development by offering high-quality programs that help build positive relationships with peers and caring adults. We provide sports and recreational activities that focus on building self-esteem, developing appropriate relationships, facilitating academic success, and making healthy choices. Take a look below at all the offerings we have available!
Type of Care Provided
Within the Youth Programs are the following:
- Recreational Preschool
- Recreational School Age Program
- School Age Care
- Teen Programs
- Youth Sports and Fitness
- Community Events
The hours offered by Youth Programs vary based on the local school schedule and command requirements.
Recreational Preschool is available for children 3 to 5 years old and is sometimes referred to as “Tiny Tots” or “Play Pals.” These classes are made to complement full- or part-day preschool programs. Recreational Preschool is offered as a bonus program, so it is available for no more than five hours a week and on a drop-in basis. If you need something more consistent, be sure to check out the part-day preschool programs.
Recreational School Age Program
When your kids need some free time to run around and have fun, our Recreational School Age Program will do the trick. These programs are available for youth ages 6-12 and are commonly known as "Open Rec." From basketball to field trips and other fun activities, we've got you covered. If you are looking for something more consistent, check out our School Age Care program offerings.
School Age Care
School Age Care (SAC) programs provide quality out-of-school activities for children in kindergarten through 12 years old. Our programs are designed to enhance rather than duplicate the school day, and we work with dynamic organizations such as the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H to offer the best programming. Programs vary by installation, so check with your local installation for details.
Before School: Often times you need to be at work before the school day starts, and our before-school services are there to help. Transportation may be offered through your local installation.
After School: When the kids are out of school but you’re still at work, take advantage of our after-school activities. Transportation may be offered through your local installation.
Half-Day Kindergarten: Many school systems only offer half-day kindergarten. To meet your needs, our half-day program is there to pick up the rest of the day! This program may be offered in the morning, afternoon, or both.
Holiday/Summer Camps: During those holiday breaks or long summer sessions, we’ve got activities to keep your children engaged.
Part-Day Preschool: SAC programs are encouraged to maximize the use of program space by offering a part-day preschool program during the school day when youth are not using the facility.
*Navy SAC programs are DoD certified and nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).
Once your child moves into the preteen and teen stage, we know schedules get busy. Our Teen Programs not only offer fun learning activities that go above and beyond the regular school day, but they also provide a sense of community and a social outlet. These programs are affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and often feature 4-H programming. Our Teen Programs can provide that important opportunity for teens to mature socially and emotionally while focusing on character development, leadership skills, communication, and self-esteem.
Hours of operation will vary based on an installation’s needs and requirements, teen input, transportation, and established self-care policies.
Youth Sports and Fitness
We’ve teamed up with the National Alliance for Youth Sports to offer amazing sports and fitness opportunities for youth 3 to 18 years old. Youth Sports and Fitness (YSF) programs are designed to help families balance the demands of family life and military readiness by providing opportunities for youth to engage in rewarding physical activity and exposing them to positive lifestyle behaviors. These programs typically occur after school, on weekends, or during other times when school is not in session (i.e., summer/winter breaks).
Sports: Sports opportunities are offered in leagues, camps, clinics, or instructional class formats. Sports activities are supported by a combination of on-base and community partnerships. Team sports (e.g., baseball, soccer, flag football, etc.) are organized into age-appropriate groupings.
Fitness: Fitness opportunities include gymnastics, fitness challenges, swimming, etc.
Health and Nutrition: Health and nutrition activities include learning to make healthy snacks, gardening, anti-smoking and drug prevention campaigns, home alone safety programs, and self-esteem building activities.
Outdoor Recreation: Outdoor recreation opportunities include hiking, canoeing, camping, and other outdoor activities.
Motor Skill Development: Motor skill development activities are offered in instructional formats for children ages 3 to 5 years, and are supported by a combination of on-base and community partnerships.
Join your community and celebrate throughout the year! Whether in support of U.S. Military holidays or installation-specific holidays, your entire family will love these events. Be sure to check in with your local installation so you don't miss out!