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Child Development Center (CDC): 6 weeks - 5 years (Kindergarten)

Full Day/Part Day/Hourly Care

Ages 6 weeks-Kindergarten*

 CDCs are on-post child care centers that offer full-day, part-day and hourly care for children in nationally accredited environments.

Program Description
Full Day 5 to 12 hours per day. Services are offered to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old
Part Day Preschool 3 hour/day program with choice of 5 days, 3 days, or 2 days per week 
Before and After Kindergarten* Before and after school care provided for children attending Kindergarten. Full day care provided on school "out" days and during the summer following the Kindergarten school year
Hourly  Care Centers offer reserved and drop-off care on an hourly basis
Pre-Kindergarten/Strong Beginnings

Strong Beginnings is a 3 hour/day program 5 days per week that provides school readiness skills for children turning 4 years by August 1.

* In some communities, Kindergarten children may be located in the School Age Center

School Age Centers (SAC): Grades K-5/8*

Army School Age Centers provide care during:

  • Before school and after school
  • School closures
  • Seasonal and holiday school breaks
  • Summer Camp
  • Hourly Care

Children have access to computer labs and can receive help on daily homework assignments. Programs are nationally accredited and utilize standard curricula through formal partnerships with nationally-recognized organizations such as 4-H and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

* Depending on school configuration

Babysitter Referral Services

Looking for a Teen Babysitter? Looking to be a Teen Babysitter? CYS offers training following the 4-H babysitter curriculum in becoming a certified Teen Babysitter. Teen military family members in grades 7 and up who wish to to expand and market themselves for babysitting jobs can be placed on the babysitter's referral list with parent permission.

Military parents needing babysitters must complete a request form located at Parent Central Services. Once parents complete the required form, they will receive a list of babysitter information based on specified requirements (location, availability, etc). After receiving a list of babysitters, parents can make arrangements directly with the babysitter. All arrangements and fees for care are between the parent and babysitter.

CYS offers Babysitting Referral Services for registered families. Babysitters on the referral list are 13 years or older, have certification in First Aid and CPR, and are trained in: 

  • Developmentally appropriate play
  • Recognition of child abuse/neglect
  • Emergency procedures and interviewing

Stop by Parent Central Services or go back to the Register section to find out more information.

Alternative Child Care

CYS provides additional child care beyond the regular facility opening hours.

  • Kids On Site! (KOS) - On-site child care in a room adjacent to the parents attending unit meetings or events  

Kids On Site (KoS) KoS provides child care on site for your unit/organizational event at the location your event is being held. CYS will provide quality child care providers to watch children ages 6 weeks through 12 years on site. Your unit pays for this service through Parent Central Services. KoS is not available at all locations on post. For information, a quote or to schedule an event, contact Parent & Outreach Services.

  • Volunteer Child Care in a Unit Setting (VCCUS) - CYS can help units to train volunteers to provide child care for unit functions

Volunteer Child Care in Unit Settings (VCCUS) VCCUS is a volunteer-based childcare program that allows for on-site care during meetings and events organized by military units, Army Community Service (ACS) groups or Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Through VCCUS, Parent & Outreach Services will provide training to volunteers from the military unit or organization. The program is designed to allow the exchange of free and temporary childcare services during unit sessions when the demand is high or when child development center services are not available. Parents and guardians of children in VCCUS must be attending the same function and must remain at the site while their child is under volunteer care.

Units interested in the VCCUS program should contact Parent & Outreach Services for more information.

Parents' Night Out*

CYS offers parents a Friday or Saturday night out on the town for children ages 6 weeks through 5th grade. We provide a snack and developmentally appropriate activities for your child.  

Contact Parent & Outreach Services for more information. 

* Available at select communities

Parents' Day Out*

CYS Services offers parents a day out on Friday or Saturday for children ages 6 weeks through 5th grade. We provide meals and snacks and developmentally appropriate activities for your child.   

Contact Parent & Outreach Services for more information. 

* Available at select communities

Waiting List

If you are interested in full-day or part-day child care, please visit to be placed on the waiting list for care.

Military Child Care dot com is your portal for child care at installations around the world. Children can only be placed in child care after submitting a request for care through Military Child Care com.

Alternate Off Post Child Care Opportunities (Fort McCoy)

Listed below are alternate child care opportunities that are available in the Fort McCoy area.

The Parenting Place -
The Parenting Place can provide you with custom, computerized referrals to regulated family child care centers, family child care providers and preschools in multiple counties in the Fort McCoy area based on the following criteria:

  • The age of your child

  • The type of schedule you work and care is needed

  • The location you prefer

  • The type of environment you prefer; such as smoke free, no pets, etc.

  • The special needs of your child; for example, a provider with special needs training

To have a custom list created for you, call +1 (608)784-8125 or +1 (800)873-1768. Your list can be picked up, mailed, faxed or e-mailed.  If your child has special needs or for assistance, call +1 (608)784-4519 or +1 (800)873-1768.

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families -

Child Care Resource and Referral +1 (888)713-KIDS 

YoungStar -

This web site has a search for care and information on child care providers in the YoungStar program.  YoungStar is Wisconsin's child care quality rating and improvement system.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - htttp://

NAEYC maintains a list of programs that are currently accredited to assist individuals in finding NAEYC-accredited programs in their area. This list is updated with new accreditation decisions every Friday

Monroe County Child Care Centers -

You will be able to access information about scores of different childcare providers in the area, complete with reviews, business hours, a street view map, the age ranges the childcare providers service, the size of the service, and where the provider is located.

Military -

Through this website you can submit a request for child care any time, including before your actual arrival to Fort McCoy.  This is the Department of Defense (DoD) program that makes it easier to find the child and youth care your Family needs.  Military and DoD civilian Families can search for child and youth care options through a single website.  On this site you will find comprehensive information on child care programs worldwide, conduct a customized search for the care you need and submit a request for care at any time and from any location.


Inclement Weather Plan

In the event that EITHER Sparta OR Tomah public schools announce a two-hour delay the Child Development Center (CDC) will open at 8:30 am for patrons. The School Age and Youth Center (SAC/YC) will NOT have before care on days the schools are operating on a delayed start. Parent Central Services (PCS) will open at 8:30 am.

In the event that EITHER Sparta OR Tomah public schools announce they are CLOSED due to inclement weather the CDC and SAC/YC will open at 8:30 am for patrons. PCS will also open at 8:30 am.

Please watch the local news stations or webpages for school closing and delays during the winter. This year we have also set up a group on the Remind App. We will send out a notification once we hear that either of the schools are delayed or closed.

To join the group send a text to 81010. Text this message @ftmccoycys. Or use the link The notification will also be posted on the McCoy CYS facebook page.

The health and safety of our CYS employees and patrons is our number one priority. The delayed opening allows for employees and patrons take their time and arrive safely and uphold COVID mitigation strategies in the program.

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