Fort Hood, TX, The Army Family Covenant expressly makes a commitment to standardizing and funding Family programs to include increasing the availability of quality, affordable childcare and youth programs. In support of the operational capability of Child, Youth & School Services and the accelerated growth of the Army, the National Defense Authorization Act has provided funding for new centers on Fort Hood. August 2011, marked the opening of Montague and Kouma Child Development Centers and July 2012 marks the openings of Muskogee School Age Care (SAC) and Montague Youth Center.
Muskogee School Age Care has over 22,800 square feet and space for 195 children in first to fifth grades. Currently, the center is in full swing with summer camp, with children partaking in daily field trips to places throughout Texas. When the 2012-2013 school year begins on August 27, Muskogee SAC will realign its focus from field trips to before and after school care. Children will have the opportunity to do homework with a qualified homework technician, participate in 4H, Passport to Manhood and Smart Girls. Children can learn about computers, construction, sewing, arts and sciences, performing arts, play their favorite video games, play sports outside on that very nice soccer field or just play at the playground. Also available, is the use of a DanceDance Revolution station, where the kids can dance, compete and even monitor their movements and calories.
Montague Youth Center is the fourth new center to open since August 2011. With 22,500 square feet and space for 150 youth, this center is a great addition to Child, Youth & School Services. Montague Youth Center promotes the Four Key Elements of Positive Youth Development by offering daily activities from the four service learning areas, including Sports, Fitness and Health; Life Skills, Citizenship and Leadership; Arts, Recreation and Leisure; and Academic Support, Mentoring and Intervention.
Examples of activities offered at Montague include various Sport and Gaming Tournaments, to include basketball, XBOX 360, and pool; Get Styling; Gourmet Cooking; Community Service; Amusement Park/Water Park Trips; NBA Game Trips; Jewelry Making; Movie Nights; Smart Girls; Passport to Manhood and Leadership Clubs. In the area of academic success, the homework teacher provides tutorial assistance to youth in need during the week, and college trips on Saturdays. Homework teachers also partner with teachers at local middle schools and high schools to provide relevant daily activities in English, Math, STAAR Preparation, SAT/ACT Preparation and CareerLaunch.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies commence Wednesday, July 11, 2012. The Muskogee School Age Care Ribbon Cutting Ceremony begins at 1 pm, followed by the Montague Youth Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 2:30 pm.