Child and Youth Programs

first_imgThe Child Development Center provides full-time and part-time care for military and DOD family members from six weeks of age up through kindergarten.The programs include breakfast, hot lunch, and two snacks. These are nutritionally balanced meals and are provided to children in full-time and part-time care. The children and staff take walking excursions and field trips on a regular basis.Family Child Care (FCC)With FCC, children receive their care in the private home of a certified provider living in government-owned or leased housing or in state-licensed homes in the community. Family child care provides accommodating child care arrangements, including night, weekend, and flexible hourly care for shift work.In-home childcare programs offer comparable care to a CDC. Providers must be certified by the DoD, and some seek additional accreditation from the National Association of Family Child Care (NAFCC). Regulations limit the number of children that may be cared for at one time: no more than six children under age eight, and no more than two children under two years old.The Child Development Homes Program offers child care in a home environment. The program includes approximately 10 homes with 60 available spaces (includes provider’s children). The goals of this Navy-wide program are as follows:To increase the availability of quality, affordable childcare for military families.To establish standards of child care for the protection and well being of children while away from their homes.To encourage and assist Child Development Homes Providers to operate a quality, nurturing program for children.To provide an opportunity for spouses of military and DOD personnel to operate a business in their homes within Navy guidelines.To allow parents to perform their duties of work without undue concern about the care their children are receiving.Each provider sets their own fees and hours within broad guidelines. For more information, contact our Family Child Care Director at 760-939-6683.School Age Care (SAC)DoD SAC programs are offered for children, kindergarten through 12 years of age before and/or after school, during holidays, and summer vacations. Emphasis is placed on SAC programs which meet community needs, reinforce family values, and promote the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. SAC may be provided in DoD Youth Centers, Child Development Centers or other suitable facilities. To expand school-age care program spaces, DoD policy encourages use of youth centers; on-and off-base schools, and other suitable facilities such as community centers. Accreditation of DoD SAC programs is a requirement. Accreditation sets the professional standards for after school programs and helps families identify high-quality programs.School Age Program (SAP)School Age Care offers a complete before and after school care program, as well as drop-in and hourly care. Transportation is provided to each school for an extra charge. The children get two snacks a day and participate in projects such as art, games, reading and field trips. Fees are determined by total family income and vary depending upon required services. Summer camps are offered when school is not in session.KinderoozKinderooz (Kindergarten Program) offers complete before and after school care for children who are attending Kindergarten. The program focuses on helping children adjust to school life by offering a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere for children in their first year of school. The children get two snacks a day and participate in games, reading and field trips. Fees are determined by total family income. Transportation is provided to each school for an extra charge. The Morale, Welfare and Recreation Department’s Youth Center offers before and after school care for school aged children. For more information, call them at 760-939-2909.Waiting ListDue to a high demand for care, you may be placed on a wait list. Your position on the wait list depends on many factors that are at the discretion of the installation and may include your spouse’s military status, the date you apply, deployment and your employment. If these factors change while you are on the wait list, your position will be changed accordingly, so it is important that you keep your information up-to-date.Childcare is not an entitlement, and fees are income-based. Fees throughout the child development system of care fall into fee ranges set by DoD.To apply for child care, fill out DD Form 2606, the Department of Defense Child Development Program Request for Care Record and return the paperwork to Parent Central Services at your installation.The Department of Defense has a long history of providing positive youth programs that focus on alternative activities for youth during out-of-school hours. Today, DoD continues to be committed to youth by providing consistent guidance and stable and dynamic programs in more than 350 youth programs worldwide. DoD promotes positive youth development by designing programs to recognize the achievements of youth and by developing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H that offer a variety of resources. Programs for teens and pre-teens vary from one base to another, but are governed by a consistent DoD instruction. Programs prepare young people to meet the challenges of adolescence and adulthood through a coordinated, progressive series of activities and experiences that help them become socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively competent. Programs usually include physical fitness and sports, arts and recreation, training in leadership, life skills and career/volunteer opportunities, mentoring, intervention and support services.Youth ServicesThe Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Department at China Lake is an active, on going program that keeps the military children busy and involved. Be sure to check on all the activities for your children after arriving at China Lake.Castle X offers the Leaders in Training Program. This program is offered during the summer months and allows children to work at the various MWR facilities and earn points towards free activities like bowling, swimming, etc.On the station there are three great swimming pools, an inline hockey rink, a gymnasium, and a fitness center (16 years old and up), an auto hobby shop, racquetball courts, tennis courts, a jogging track, a bowling center, a golf course, a library, McDonald’s, a skate park, and plenty of other activities for your youth to enjoy.Why Child & Youth Programs?Promotes positive relationships between children, teens, and adults.Implements a curriculum that fosters all areas of child development.Provides ongoing assessment of each individual child’s or teen’s needs.Employs qualified staff required to attend several trainings.Establishes positive, ongoing relationships with parentsProvides a safe, nurturing, and healthy physical environmentImplements quality customer service by following company policies and guidelines.Promotes nutrition and health for staff and children.Maintains a relationship with the community and utilizes resources.NAEYC Accredited CDCNAA Accredited SACAbout Child & Youth ProgramsChild & Youth Programs encompasses the Child Development Center (six weeks through pre-school), School Age Care (Kindergarten through Fifth grade), Teen Center, and Child Development Homes (CDH).  The facilities are located on China Lake Base and are here to accommodate military families.  We also provide care to DOD and Contractors who need Child Care.Each Program has highly trained employees that understand the different developmentalstages of children.  The program is designed to accommodate the needs of children depending on their age and personal development.  Staff is trained monthly and required to always have up-to-date CPR and First Aid training.The CDC follows the Creative Curriculum which provides guidance to teachers as to how to set up their environment to fully engage a child and pull them into exploration and learning.StaffOur staff observes the children in attempt to understand where they are developmentally and help lead your child to the next steps in the learning process, by individualizing the curriculum.School Age Care (SAC)School Age Care accommodates Kindergarten through Fifth grade.  They make sure the children are dropped off and picked up from school safely.  The staff help’s to individualize the program by planning a monthly calendar of age-appropriate activities for each grade level in the center.  There is a Homework room for the children who come in from school to have a quiet place to do their work and receive help if they need it.  The staff evaluates children individually and helps one another to accommodate the appropriate action as to how to lead children in the right direction, or encourage them to continue the way they are.Teen CenterThe Teen Center is another MWR program and is open to children in the 7th through 12th grades. It is a great program that offers teens a place to spend time with their peers in a supervised area. The Teen Center has computers, pool tables, cable TV, video games, dances, and field trips, and can be rented for private parties. The Teen Center is a place for the teens to attend after they get out of school and want a place to go to hang out with their friends, do homework, play sports, etc. The staff implements activities for the teens, assist them with homework, and help lead them in the right direction by mentoring them. AboutThe Department of Defense (DoD) and the Military Services take great pride in the variety and quality of services provided to children and youth on installations worldwide. While the services provided depend on the size of the location, the standards and quality of services are consistent and meet established regulations. The network has hundreds of locations worldwide serving over 1.3 million children.Child Development Centers (CDC)These facilities generally offer child care for children ages six weeks to 5 years old. Care is typically available weekdays. CDCs vary in size; the average CDC cares for about 200 children. All programs must be certified by the DoD and accredited by a national accrediting body such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children.The China Lake Child Development Center (CDC) has the distinction of being the first Nationally Accredited Center in the Department of Defense. The CDC offers programs that supplement the home by providing experiences to help the child in his/her total growth and development: intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally. While the program is developmental, the goal is to make the CDC atmosphere a home away from home.Child Development Services has received DoD certification in October 2008. Child and Youth Programs provide Child Development and recreational services for children 6 weeks to 18 years of age. The Child Development Center, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, provides full and part day care for children 6 weeks to Kindergarten. The School Age Center, accredited by the National Afterschool Association, provides before and after school care and Day Camp experiences for children Kindergarten thru Fifth grade. Castle X, the teen center, provides activities and special events for teen’s sixth grade to age 18.  The Child Development Home program provides care for children in homes by providers certified by the Navy CYP and Captain of the base. Each home can provide care for all ages. All programs are vendorized and provide care for children with special needs.EligibilityEligible patrons include dependents of military, Department of Defense employees and NAWS contractors.In order to enroll for the CDC or SAC programs, you may put in a waiting list in either building (bldg. 2688 for CDC and bldg. 880 for SAC) or you could go online to www.mwr.navy.mil, then go to the Child and Youth Programs link on the left and then go to the link with the single child on the left.  Wait lists are downloaded daily.  Military have first priority placement, then DoD and then contractor.FeesFees are set according to Total Family Income by DoD instruction.  Fees typically change annually. Fees are figured according to all family leave and earning statements.  If LES’s are not provided, the highest fee will be charged. Military and DoD families who elect to use CDH program will pay the same subsidized fees for children under 3 that they would pay at the CDC.Hourly care is only available on space available basis, but is easier to accommodate in the CDH program. Hourly care for military that use CDH care for doctor appointments can be paid for by the CDH subsidy program, thereby costing nothing to the military.Programs Offeredlast_img read more

MONUSCO seeks UN’s continued support as it aids DR Congo’s COVID-19…

first_imgChinese experts arrive in DR Congo to help fight COVID-19 The UN condemns DR Congo killings DR Congo projects 20% mining revenue decline amid COVID-19 impactcenter_img Photo courtesy: MONUSCO – TwitterThe United Nations mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo is keen to have the UN Security Council continue offering its support in order to continue its work in the country.Leila Zerrougui, the head of the UN Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), made the plea on Thursday as the Security Council ponders the longer-term future of the mission.Zerrougui informed the 15-member Council that MONUSCO had also added the fight against COVID-19 to its to-do-list, as the DR Congo fights to stop the spread of the disease.“The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced an additional layer of complexity and concern to the existing issues that we face in the country,” she said, presenting the Secretary-General’s latest report on the situation in the DR Congo.MONUSCO’s current mandate expires on 20 December, having been extended by a year.Zerrougui however informed the Security Council that there was still work to be done as many parts of the DR Congo were still dogged by conflict.According to the UN, the situation in parts of Ituri province, which borders South Sudan and Uganda, has taken a grave turn for the worse in recent months, with element of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces reportedly carrying out incursions into the north of the province.The agency says an armed group, the Allied Democratic Forces ADF), is regrouping even as other militia proliferate in South Kivu.In extending MONUSCO’s mandate in December 2019, the Council took note of an assessment by an independent strategic review that an absolute minimum transition period of three years will be needed for the Mission’s drawdown and exit.At the same time, the Council invited the Secretariat to consider further reductions in MONUSCO’s military deployment – currently capped at 14,000 troops – and its area of operations, while making the protection of civilians the mission’s strategic priority.Relatedlast_img read more

Dominguez to hold town hall in Laguna Vista

first_img Share RelatedDominguez seeks community input in first town hallBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Alex Dominguez, currently Cameron County Commissioner for Pct. 2, and soon to be state representative for District 37, held a town hall meeting in Port Isabel Monday, hoping to gather input from locals regarding their questions or concerns about the upcoming legislative session.…August 3, 2018In “News”Opposition mounting to windstorm insurance rate hikeBy MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista is mobilizing to support most of the Texas Gulf Coast in opposition to a proposed 10 percent rate hike by the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). Tuesday, the Board of Directors of the Port Isabel Chamber adopted a resolution…September 7, 2018In “News”County approves Eco-Tourism Center design conceptBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Plans to construct a state-of-the-art ecotourism facility along Highway 100 took one step closer to reality after the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved design concepts Tuesday. “The team has been working diligently throughout the course of the last few months of making visits…September 21, 2018In “News” By MARTHA McCLAINSpecial to the PRESSThe Town of Laguna Vista will host a Town Hall Meeting featuring State Representative – Elect Alex Dominguez on Monday, Aug. 20 from 6-8 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room, located at 122 Fernandez Street.“As he prepares for the Legislative Session that starts in January, the Representative-Elect wants to hear from you on the issues important to you,” Laguna Vista City Manager Rolando Vela said.Dominguez is an attorney who currently serves as Cameron County Commissioner for Precinct 2, which covers Laguna Vista, Brownsville, Rancho Viejo, Olmito, San Pedro, and Cameron Park.The sixth of 10 children born to a migrant farmworker family, Dominguez said in his early years he did not have much financially.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.last_img read more

Australia bids emotional farewell to Hughes

first_imgBy Jason ReedAustralia bid an emotional farewell to cricketer Phillip Hughes at a funeral in his hometown on Wednesday with a live coast-to-coast broadcast allowing a nation to unite in celebration of the life of a sportsman cut down in his prime.Eight days after Hughes was struck by a ball on the back of the head and six after he died from the catastrophic injuries that resulted, his family, friends and a host of cricketing greats gathered at Macksville High School.Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland spoke for many when he tried to make sense of the huge outpouring of grief that followed the tragic death of the left-handed batsman a few days short of his 26th birthday.“The wave of emotion that has washed over our country this past week tells us so much about the affection millions felt for Phillip and also about the privileged place cricket has near the heart of this nation,” he said.“Quite simply, the boy from this proud community of Macksville, personified the spirit of Australian cricket.“Ever since Bradman, the image of the innocent country boy playing in the backyard while dreaming of wearing a baggy green cap has become entrenched in our psyche. It’s our foundation myth as a cricketing nation.”Some 1,000 mourners, mostly locals with a smattering of luminaries including Prime Minister Tony Abbott, dabbed away tears and perspiration in the baking heat of the school hall with thousands more watching on screens in the sunshine outside.From the eulogies, they learned of a beloved son, brother, cousin and friend whose passion for cricket was matched only by his enthusiasm for the Angus cattle he helped raise on the family farm.They were also reminded of a small town boy with a prodigious talent for hitting a ball with a bat who headed down the coast to big city Sydney as a teenager and ended up playing 26 Tests for his country.Australia captain Michael Clarke broke down in tears for the second time in a few days as he paid public tribute to his former team-mate and friend.“Phillip’s spirit, which is now part of our game forever, will act as a custodian of the sport we all love. We must listen to it,” he said, struggling to contain his emotions.“We must cherish it. We must learn from it. We must dig in and get through to tea. And we must play on.“So rest in peace my little brother. I will see you out in the middle.”Australian greats of the game such as Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath were in attendance, while Richard Hadlee, Brian Lara and India captain Virat Kohli represented the wider cricket world.New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott, who delivered the bouncer that dealt the fatal blow in a state match at the Sydney Cricket Ground last Tuesday, was also among the mourners.When he suffered the injury, Hughes was batting for a recall to the Australia side for the opening match in the Test series against India, which has since been rescheduled.Tributes continued to flood in from around the world on Wednesday, many joining the viral campaign to get people to place cricket bats outside homes, workplaces and at sports grounds in tribute to Hughes.Hughes’s own bat rested against the coffin throughout a service which concluded with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’, the song Elton John dedicated to the cricketer when he played it in a concert in Munich last week.Clarke and fellow cricketers Aaron Finch and Tom Cooper joined Hughes’ father and brother among the pallbearers and delivered the coffin to the hearse, which then set off in a procession through the town.Hughes was cremated in a private ceremony.last_img read more

Charity drive going into high gear

first_imgEddie Vallavares of Palmdale was the winner of the $34,000 Chrysler.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Century 21 Yarrow and Associates has raised $26,000 so far this year for Easter Seals with another event still on the horizon. Joy Murphy, chairwoman of Easter Seals fundraising for the office, Will and Kim Guerrero, and Chuck Linn led the yearlong effort that included a Junior Home Run Derby, a car raffle, and auction. A charity golf tournament is planned for Oct. 2. The international Century 21 Real Estate organization has been the national sponsor of Easter Seals for decades. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesCentury 21 Yarrow and Associates, owned by Al and Midori Yarrow, is the biggest single contributor to Easter Seals out of 150 Century 21 offices in the region. The Junior Home Run Derby, which was also sponsored by First American Title, followed an Aug. 5 game at Clear Channel Stadium between the Lancaster JetHawks and the Lake Elsinore Storm. At the game Yarrow and Associates agents sold raffle tickets for a Chrysler 300C sedan, as well as chances for other prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants and retail shops, a Lancaster JetHawks photo autographed by manager and former Dodger Brett Butler, signed baseballs, Steve Garvey bobble-head dolls, and picnic baskets. In addition, Easter Seals got half the proceeds from admission tickets purchased through the Yarrow and Associates office. Banks, mortgage companies and title insurance firms were other sponsors of the event. last_img read more