Child & Youth Programs
Child and Youth Programs provide services including Child Development Centers, the Child Development Home Program, Youth and Teen Centers, School-Age Care, instructional/leisure classes and the Navy School Liaison Officer Program.
Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) provide high quality educational and recreational programs for children and youth. Teams of caring, knowledgeable professionals plan developmentally appropriate programs that are responsive to the unique needs, abilities and interests of children. Our staff fosters a sense of independence, trust and responsibility within each child through understanding and respectful interactions. Likewise, through positive relationships, our programs respect and support the ideals, cultures, and values of families in their task of nurturing children and youth. We are advocates for children, families, and the child and youth professionals within our programs and surrounding communities.
1. Based on the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Council on Accreditation (COA) developmentally appropriate curriculum
2. Advances all areas of children's learning and development, including social, emotional, intellectual and physical competence
3. Embraces and celebrates cultural diversity
4. Derives for children's interests, abilities and daily experiences as documented through observations of children
5. Collaborates positive, supportive interaction among children and staff members
School-Age Care Programs
SAC Programs are age-appropriate childcare services for youth ages kindergarten-12 years and enrolled in elementary school. These programs include:
Fees for this program are based on total family income. A copy of the sponsors LES, a copy of a working spouse's pay stub (if applicable), a copy of the Family Care Plan (if applicable), and a completed registration form.
All youth receive a USDA approved snack every day upon arrival at the center. Youth with food allergies are taken into consideration and an alternate snack is prepared for them.
The Youth Buck is a program that allows parents to pre-pay for a snack from the concession counter. Each Youth Buck is $5. Parents have the option of allowing their child to purchase as little or as much as they want per day. Reminder notes are sent home once there are a minimal number of purchases left on their card.
Holiday Camp Days are offered throughout the school year in correlation with Gulfport City School District's calendar of events. If school is out for Gulfport, a camp will be offered as long as a minimum of 15 youth are PRE-registered for the camp by the cut-off date.
Youth Recreation Program
This program is a free program that only requires a completed registration form. Some events may carry a small fee (dances, trips, movies, & lock-ins) to help cover cost. It is advisable that you register early as some events have minimum spots available and they fill up fast. All events are posted on a monthly calendar that is generally available one week in advance of the new month turning over.
Some of the activities are as follows: Arts & Crafts, Group Games, Field Trips, Guest Speakers, Special Projects, Supervised Computer Time, Community Service Projects, Lock-Ins, Dances, Pool Parties, Camping Trips, Recreational sports, Movie Nights, And Much More!
Youth Sports Program
The Youth Sports Program covers a wide variety of sports and instructional classes and clinics for military and DoD youth ages 3-18 years.