PLEASE NOTE: Childcare must be paid in advance at the CYSS Parent Central Services office (bldg 533, Camp Zama) prior to services being provided.

Child Development Centers (CDC)
Monday - Friday: 0530-1800
Helpful Websites: MWR Camp Zama CDC Webpage, MWR Sagamihara CDC Webpage

There are two child development centers in the Camp Zama community. Both Camp Zama CDC and Sagamihara (SHA) CDCs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Children are cared for in a safe, warm, and supportive environment.

Educational activities and programs are available for children ages 6 weeks through 6 years old. Programs are designed to promote a positive self image, develop fine and large muscle coordination, increase verbal communication, expand creative ideas, build self-help and problem solving skills, and to teach educational learning concepts through situational learning experiences and play.

Both CDCs offer:
Hourly Care, Part Day, 3 and 5-day Toddler/Preschool, Full Day Infant, Pre-toddler, Toddler, Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten (Strong Beginnings), and a Before/ After Kindergarten program.

The Strong Beginning's Program located at Zama and SHA CDC runs concurrent with the Arnn Elementary School Calendar. Children must be 4 by September 1st and will attend Kindergarten the following school year to be able to participate. This program ends during the summer months. Hourly care reservations can be made 30 days in advance. Patrons should call DSN: 315-263-4992 (Zama)/ 315-267-6564 (SHA) to make reservations. Note: Hourly care must be paid in advance.

School Age Care (SAC) - Care is available Monday through Friday from 5:30 - 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. (School Days) and from 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (full day service when school breaks). Summer Camp is available from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. during the summer.

School Age Care (SAC) supplements the school schedule with a wide variety of after school activities for youth from 1st grade through 5th grade. SAS is located at the Sagamihara Housing area, Building 121-01.

Helpful Numbers: DSN 315-267-6013/6066, Cellphone - 042-869-6013/6066

Helpful Websites:  School Age Care page.

Programs Offered -- SAC offers before school, after school, hourly care, school day out and summer camp programs.

Summer Camp is sold in weekly packages only and includes meals, snacks, high adventure activities, and weekly field trips.

We offer 4-H and Boys & Girls club of America clubs in the four service areas each week. We have a new state of the art facility with a homework/computer lab, game room, performing arts room, art/science room and multipurpose room.

6th graders can attend the School Age program for Free! 6th graders can come to after school care at no charge.

Contact the SAC Facility Director at for more information

Family Child Care (FCC)
Helpful Numbers:
DSN: 315-263-3397

Family Child Care (FCC) Program is one child care option provided to military family members, Department of Defense civilians and Department of Defense contractors through the Army Child, Youth & School Services (CYS). The FCC Program is provided by military family members or civilians working as independent contractors in individual housing units located on a military installation, in government-controlled housing off the installation or civilian housing off the installation.

FCC Homes have unique qualities making them the preferred child care choice for many families. Homes provide flexible hours, a comfortable family-like setting, and activities based on real life experiences in the home and neighborhood. In FCC, siblings can stay together, younger and older children learn from each other in a small group setting, and school-age children can remain in a neighborhood setting.

Most homes offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care. Special services may include 24-hour and long-term care during mobilization and training exercises, evening and weekend care, and care for special needs children and mildly ill children. The flexibility of FCC providers is an asset in meeting the diverse work hours of military families.

Parents can expect to receive the same quality of care in an FCC home as in the Child Development Centers or School-Age Care Program.The capacity of the FCC Home is determined by size of the home and the ages of the children enrolled in the home. Generally the capacity in an FCC Home at any one time is six children including the providers own children who are enrolled in the program. Homes serving infant/toddlers exclusively (4 weeks to 2 years) can serve a maximum of three children. Homes serving school-age children exclusively (5 to 12 Years) can serve a maximum of 8 children.

How do I enroll my child in any of the above services?

Please go to the CYSS/Parent Central Services Building 533 with the following:

Shot records

Passport /Birth Certificate

Copy of your LES

Helpful Website: MWR Parent Central Services Webpage

Appointment for Physicals

Please make an appointment at the Patient Appointment Line DSN: 263-4175, (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri: 7:00am-4:00pm, Thu: 7:00am-8:00am; 12:00pm-4:00pm) for physicals should you need them.

Depending on if you need hourly or fulltime care you may be required to create an account at the Military Childcare website. The PCS workers will help in the creation of your account.