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CYS Online Registration and Appointments

Click on Webtrac to start new registrations, make payments on your monthly childcare fees, reprint receipts and tax statements or sign up for advertised SKIESUnlimited classes, Youth Sports or Special Activities.

New Auto Debit for paying CYS fees.

Beginning May 1, CYS will offer auto debit services making paying fees easier. Never forget a payment again. Just set it and forget it! Click here for the downloadable form.


Open Facilities

  • Pickens Child Development Center, 0-5 ages, 5:30 am-6 pm
  • Pickens ages 6 weeks-5 years 
  • Lighthorse Child Development Center, ages 6 weeks -5th grade, 4 am-6 pm, single/dual military only.
  • Lighthorse School Age Center, ages 6 weeks – 5th grade, 5:30 am-6 pm
  • Scouts Out Child Development Center, 0-5 ages, 5:30 am-6 pm
  • Scouts Out School Age Center, kindergarten – 5th grade, 5:30 am-6 pm
  • Liberty Extended Care, reservation only, work through Unit Commanders
  • Youth Center, 6th – 12th grade, 5:30 am-6 pm
School Age Centers (SAC): Grades 1-5/6*

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*

Cancelled until further notice.

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

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. 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

Parent Central Services

One-stop enrollment/sign up service for families interested in registering their children for child care and/or other youth services.

Information on all CYS program options:
· Babysitter referral
· Installation-to-installation referral for military families moving to another duty station
· Sign up for sports and instructional classes

Pickens Child Development Center

Pickens Child Development Center is a Department of Defense (DoD) certified and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited center. Scales Ave CDC provides full day care, for infants through preschool Monday - Friday.

Scouts Out Child Development Center

Scouts Out Child Development Center is a Department of Defense (DoD) certified and National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC) accredited center providing quality hourly child care for infants through toddlers.

Our Mission Is To:

  • Enhance readiness and well being by reducing the conflict between mission and family responsibilities.
  • Facilitate family self reliance and reinforce Army values.
  • Ensure availability of predictable programs and services for children ages 6 weeks through 3 years old.
  • Establish and maintain CYS program quality as a benchmark for the nation in accordance with statutory requirements, DoD policy, and Army Standards. CYS programs seek to "inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potentials as productive, responsible, and caring citizens".
  • Enhance the development of children and youth. Maintain affordable child and youth programs and services for both the Army and parents.

"The Military Child Development Program is a model for the nation for providing high-quality affordable childcare."
Senate Report 107-62, National Defense Authorization Act 2002

Child & Youth Services recognizes the challenges of our soldiers and their families. By offering quality programs and accountability for children and youth, CYS reduces the conflict between mission readiness and parental responsibility!

Scouts Out School Age Center

Scouts Out School Age Center is Department of Defense (DoD) certified and Council on Accreditation (COA) accredited. HSAC bridges the gap between Child Development Services and Youth Services and provides programs for youth in Grades K - 5. It takes the worry out of what to do with your child before and after school, during winter and spring school vacations, and during the summer holidays with programs for regular and occasional users.

Before and/or After School Program

  • Transportation to and from some selected off post schools in District II.
  • Programmed activities after school
  • Partnerships with MWR activities including, Palmetto Falls Water Park, and Post Theater
  • Homework center and computer lab as well as a monthly calendar of events for K – 5th grade youth
  • USDA approved snacks & meals
  • Monthly calendar of events for open recreation
  • 4-H Clubs on Wednesday afternoons during the school year

Partners with Boys and Girls Clubs of America

Parent Participation Program available

Daily care is offered at the rate of $30 for 4 hours or less, or $50 for more than 4 hours.

Lighthorse Child Development Center

Lighthorse Child Development Center is a shared facility providing extended hours full day care for infants through Preschool as well as Before & After Care for School Age Children (Kindergarten through 5th graders). The early childhood program is accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the school age center is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).  Both programs are certified to operate by the Department of Defense (DoD).

Care Options also include:

  • Free extended hours care for Army Active Duty, Single or Dual Service Members working in a duty status on Fort Jackson.
  • Before and/or After School program
  • Strong Beginnings Program with wrap around care
  • Transportation to and from Fort Jackson schools, selected Richland I, and Richland II school districts
  • Full day services on school out days(teacher’s workday, conferences)
  • Winter, Spring and Summer Camps with extended hours
  • Programmed activities
  • Partnerships with Family and MWR activities including Century Lane, Palmetto Falls Water Park and Post Theatre
  • Partnerships with 4 H Clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • USDA approved snacks & meals
  • Hourly care for early morning, evenings available by reservation

Daily care is offered at the rate of $30 for 4 hours or less, or $50 for more than 4 hours. Only for school age children.

Lighthorse School Age Center

Lighthorse School Age Center is a Department of Defense (DoD) facility that is certified and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as well as Counseling on Accreditation (COA). The ISAC provides full day care for infants 6 weeks through Pre-school and Before/After care for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We are committed to provide families with a safe place for their children to learn and grown.

Care Options also include:

  • Before and/or After School program
  • Transportation to and from Fort Jackson schools and selected off post schools in Richland I
  • Full day services on school out days (teacher’s workday, conferences)
  • Partnerships with 4 H Clubs and Boys and Girls Clubs of America
  • USDA approved snacks & meals
  • Programmed activities
  • Winter, Spring and Summer camps
  • Parent Participation program available

Daily care is offered at the rate of $30 for 4 hours or less, or $50 for more than 4 hours. Only for school age children.

Liberty Extended Care Center

Liberty Extended Care Center provides hourly care for infants through pre-school age Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Lee Rd Child Development Center has free extended care hours strictly reserved for single/dual military.

Lee Road Child Development Center is a Department of Defense (DoD) certified and National Association for the Education of Young Child (NAEYC) accredited center providing quality hourly childcare for short term (maximum 25 hours per week) childcare needs. Advance reservations recommended.

Walk-ins accepted if space and staff are available. Special openings available on request for unit or organizational functions

Hourly Care Program (Closed until further notice)
For Reservations Call: +1(803)751-5853 or +1(803)751-5819
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Reservations may be made one hour to two weeks in advance by phone or on WebTrac

Hourly Care
For children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

General Information:

  • Patrons are responsible for payments after services are rendered.
  • Payments are based on start/end of reservation.
  • Minimum stay is one hour. Maximum is 25 hours per week per child.
  • Fee is $5 per hour per child.
  • Meals and snacks are provided.
  • Breakfast-8:30 am,  Lunch- 11:30 am,  Snack- 2:30 pm
  • Only authorized medications are rescue medication.

Cancellations, No Show, Late Policies:
Same day cancellation fees and no show fees are $10 per child added to your household account. Fees must be paid at next visit. Reservations may be cancelled after 1 hour if no courtesy call is given. Late pick up fees will be applied at $1 per minute after center closed.

Fort Jackson Youth Center

The Fort Jackson Youth Center is located on the corner of 5975 4th Division Rd.
. The center serves as the focal point for many youth programs and is one of four Boys & Girls Clubs located on Fort Jackson. The youth center has been a Boys & Girls Club since November 1999 and is Fort Jackson's Positive Place for Kids. 2022 June Calendar (pdf)

The Youth Program offers age-appropriate activities for youth in 6th through 12th grade.

Middle & High School After School Program/Open Recreation Program

  • No cost after school program for middle & high school youth after 1 p.m.
  • Transportation and snacks are provided
  • Homework assistance is available
  • Activities include cooking, sports, game room play, recording, rock wall climbing, photography, computer lab access, and weekly field trips.
  • Homework assistance is available
  • Technology Lab offers computer training as well as other educational activities
  • Keystone club meets twice a month
  • *Keystone club focuses on academic success, community service, career and education.
  • Basketball practice, movie night, creative arts, and cooking are some additional activities offered.

Transportation is provided to and from SOME high schools and middle schools in Richland I and II. Please contact Parent Central Services for more information.

School Liaison Services

Available to all military parents of school-aged children regardless of the school students attend.

School Liaison Services provides assistance with:

  • Issues with school registration and academic credits.
  • Coordination of transition services.
  • Information on local school systems, curriculum and school opportunities.
  • Liaison with Fort Jackson command on educational issues affecting military children.

This Department of Defense (DoD) program makes it easier to find the child and youth care your family needs. Now military and DoD civilian families can search for child and youth care options through a single website.

Using, you can 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.

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