Deployment Support Services

Family and MWR recognizes the challenges of our Soldiers and their Families. By offering quality programs for children, youth and students, CYS supports Total Army Strong by reducing the conflict between mission readiness and parental responsibility.

We relay a commitment from the Army to enhance mission readiness by providing additional support to Families especially during deployments. Army Families who have a Soldier who is deployed, a member of a Rear Detachment, a Wounded Warrior assigned to a warrior transition unit (WTU), a Fallen Warrior, or on TCS, TDY, PCS (unaccompanied tour) qualify for special child care options under Total Army Strong.

Army Families may receive care if their Soldier is:

  • Deployed
  • A member of a Rear Detachment
  • A Wounded Warrior assigned to a WTU
  • A Fallen Warrior
  • On TCS, TDY, PCS (unaccompanied tour)

See the CYS Deployed Support FAQs Trifold to see status requirements and services.


To utilize these benefits, you must register your Family members with Child and Youth  Services. Registration is FREE. Registration information and packets can be obtained at Parent Central Services located at Clark Hall, 2nd floor or under the Forms section online.

You must bring your child’s shot records, earning statements for everyone in the household, and official documentation verifying your category under Total Army Strong. Official documentation for most categories will be in the form of Orders. For Rear Detachment Soldiers, you can provide Orders or a Memorandum from your Commander (signed and dated). Wounded Warrior Soldiers must also provide appointments/physical therapy documents related to injury for free hourly medical appointment care.


Deployment Support child care is provided at the centers listed below on a reservation basis. Reservations may be made up to one month in advance. Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. Please call the respective center to make or cancel a reservation. Cancellations must be made before reservations begin. Reservations that are not cancelled within 30 minutes after the scheduled reservation time will result in parents being charged a no show fee – either half of the reserved time or 4 hours of reserved care, which ever is least. Payment must be made prior to next reservation.

Chapel Drive Child Development Center
10785 Chapel Drive
(315)772-7100 or (315)772-7103
Children ages 6 weeks to preschool
Monday–Friday 8 a.m.– 5 p.m.

Fort Drum Family Child Care
(315)772-6716
Children aged 4 weeks–12 years
Monday–Friday 6 a.m.–6 p.m. and during non-traditional hours as needed. Please contact in advance for availability.

Chapel Drive School Age Center
10795 Chapel Drive
(315)772-4411
Grades K–5
Monday–Friday during non-school hours
Hours of operation 5:45 a.m.–5:45 p.m. following local school schedules. Saturday care is available once per month. Contact SAC for dates.


Please Note: FRG meetings require contracts to reserve group care. Contracts can be obtained from a CYS Outreach Director by calling (315)772-3677.