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Advisory council gives parents voice

Selah Laforde, civilian, and Erika Clayton, military family member, play a game of ping pong at the Youth Center Jan. 26. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Selah Laforde, civilian, and Erika Clayton, military family member, play a game of ping pong at the Youth Center Jan. 26. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)

Published: January 28, 2016

FORT RUCKER, ALA. (Jan. 28, 2016) -- With the wealth of activities and programs the Fort Rucker Child, Youth and School Services provides, one of its programs offers parents a chance to have a voice in the direction children’s recreational and developmental activities take.

The CYSS parent advisory council gives parents the opportunity to provide input about administrative policies and developmental programming, as well as establish volunteer opportunities, according to Kathy Vickers, CYSS coordinator.

“Parents can make suggestions for improvement to the programs, they can volunteer to give program assistance, and it’s an opportunity for them to have a voice in what’s going on in CYSS,” she said.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 2 from 5-6 p.m. at the school age center, Bldg. 2806.

During the meetings, parents will get the chance to meet with different program representatives from various programs, such as the child development center, the school age center, the youth center and the youth sports program.

“The representatives will be there to provide updates on all of the programs, as well as answer any questions,” said Vickers. “If there are any concerns from parents, this is a great opportunity for them to voice those, as well as provide input or plan future activities.”

All Fort Rucker parents are welcome to join the council, and volunteers for positions in the PAC are needed, as well, including a president, secretary and publicity manager.

“We want to get parents involved in these programs, and parents can feel like they are part of CYSS and give them a sense that they belong as part of the community,” said the CYSS coordinator. “They’ll get to have the chance to have a little input on what’s going on with their child in these programs that they’re participating in.

“We’re helping to take care of their children, so I feel it’s very important that parents get involved with programs like this,” she said.

When attending the meetings, parents also have the chance to earn Parent Participation Points, which can be redeemed for a discount on monthly child-care fees.

Each meeting earns the parent two points, and after 10 points, parents receive a 10-percent discount off their fees.

Future meetings will be held May 3 from 5-6 p.m. at the youth center, Bldg. 2800; Aug. 2 from 5-6 p.m. at the CDC, Bldg. 8938; and Nov. 1 from 5-6 p.m. at the school age center.

For more information, call 255-2958.

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