Families with Children
SGT Andrew McConnell Youth Center

In this section you will learn more about the opportunities for your children during your time at Carlisle Barracks. This place, more than any other post, offers a variety of program and opportunities from our Children & Youth programs to supportive local schools and youth sports and activities for pre-school children. We also offer a variety of hourly care and "Parents Night Out" options for you and your family.

The gateway to the world of on-post youth activities is the Carlisle Barracks Child, Youth Services. Before your child can start taking advantage of the great programs, registration is necessary. To register for the Moore Child Development Center fill out these forms to register for School Age Care at the newly constructed McConnell Center, fill out these forms and you can register your 6-12th grader using these forms.

For more information call (717) 245-3801 to set up your appointment.

Registering your medical, nutritional or educational special needs child with CYSS

Parent Central Services

While all CYS providers are trained and experienced to meet the needs of children with special needs, any child with a "special need" is required to have paperwork evaluated by Parent Central Services and the Community Health Nurse at Dunham Clinic to determine if a Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) meeting is required and to develop a tailored plan for your child before participation in CYS programs. This includes but is not limited to children who have:

  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy
  • Dietary intolerances
  • Down Syndrome
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Physical Challenges
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Sensory Impairment (Hearing/Vision)
  • Developmental Delays
  • Speech/Language Impairment

Parent Central Services will identify children who must be processed through the Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team based on the completed enrollment paperwork. For more information and to set up your appointment please call (717) 245-3801.

Community Health Nurse
Any child with indications of a health, diet, behavioral or other consideration will have their paperwork evaluated by the Community Health Nurse (CHN) to determine if a Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) meeting is required.

What is a MIAT?

The Multi-Disciplinary Inclusion Action Team (MIAT) formerly known as the Special Needs Accommodation Process (SNAP) is a multi-disciplinary team established to ensure the most appropriate placement of children with special needs. The team meets to review any applications that indicate any possible medical issues, educational special requirements or nutritional needs and to review concerns regarding children already placed in Child, Youth Services (CYS) programs. The Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) manager will contact families to set up MIATS as determined appropriate. The point of contact for the EFMP Manager is 717-245-3775.

In order to assist the team, you will need to provide the proper documentation, such as: medical documentation detailing developmental delays; illnesses', severity of allergies (exposure, reactions, and treatments); prescription medications; and your expectations of services to be provided by the CYS staff, as well as Educational and Developmental Intervention Program information regarding developmental evaluations, services provided, etc. The MIAT cannot proceed without providing the documentation required.

Normally, a MIAT will take 30 to 45 minutes. A MIAT needs to be held only once a year unless there are changes in the child's status, i.e. medications, treatment, diagnosis, etc.

Carlisle Barracks Exceptional Family Member Program

The EFMP serves family members of all active duty personnel that have specialized medical and/or educational needs. Sponsors who have physical custody of a parent or relative over age 21 are also eligible for the program.

For more information visit http://carlislebarracks.carlisle.army.mil/acs/efm.htm

School-age Children

School Liaison & Area Schools Information

Carlisle Barracks School Liaison Office is your link to understanding policies, procedures and best practices with the area school districts and private schools. The SLO can help military families with school issues, questions and concerns.

* Feel free to call before arriving at Carlisle. Call 717.245.4555 and ask for a member of the School Liaison Team or visit them online School Liaison Office

Each summer the youth center and school liaison office partner and host "Welcome Jam" events for kids in high school, middle school and elementary school.

The SLO College Prep Series 1-3 will also be held each year for families to learn how to build a high school resume and Academy/ROTC application process information.

These five school districts are members of the Military Child Education Coalition, or MCEC

Carlisle Area School District

Cumberland Valley School District

South Middleton School District

Big Spring School District

Mechanicsburg Area School District


Area Private Schools

Carlisle Christian Academy, Carlisle, K through 12

Saint Patrick Catholic School, Carlisle, pre-K through 8

Trinity Catholic High School, Camp Hill, 9-12

Christian School of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle

The Goddard School for Early Childhood Development, Mechanicsburg

NHS School, Available for children with autism, application required.


Home Schooling in Pennsylvania

To home school in Pennsylvania, these steps and resources will be helpful

    Check the website of the Pa. Department of Education for an overview of homeschooling in Pennsylvania. You'll be required to submit a notarized affidavit to the school district in which you reside, as well as Educational Objectives (by mandated subject) for each child before beginning your home school education program. http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Home%20Education%20and%20Private%20Tutoring/Pages/default.aspx#tab-1
    Presently, PA law requires no administrative action with the school district until the student is 8 years old. For help in determining which school district you'll be living in, or for general information, contact the post's School Liaison Office at 717.245.4555.
    Visit the offices of the school district in which you reside in order to register your student for home schooling. You'll be required to submit a notarized affidavit to the school district in which you reside, as well as Educational Objectives (by mandated subject) for each child before beginning your home school education program.
    The Carlisle Barracks Homeschoolers will meet twice in August to help with the affidavit and educational objectives as well as help you network and answer questions. If you'd like assistance from an experienced Carlisle Barracks homeschooling parent, write to Carlisle Barracks Homeschoolers at: cbkshomeschool@gmail.com

After School Programs/Summer Camps

  • Our program provides before and after school programs, summer care and care during school vacations for children in grades K - 5. We offer a wide range of physical activities, arts & crafts, homework assistance, computer lab, character building, Boys and Girls Club, 4-H Chapter, field trips and more.
    • Offered to all School Age Children who are entering grades K-5.
    • Parents can choose Before School, After School or both.
    • Program is Monday - Friday.
    • Schedule based on the Carlisle Area School District calendar.
    • Hourly care is available through the school year.
  • School Age Care Summer Camp is one of the many programs available through Youth Services at Carlisle Barracks. Our Summer Camp runs from June through Mid-August. The camp is set up by the week, so you do not have to sign your child up for the entire summer. You can choose the weeks you wish to participate.
  • 5 Full Days- Enjoy our camp Mon-Fri from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. All activities, field trips and meals are included. For more information visit http://www.carlislemwr.com/child-and-youth-services/summer-camp
  • Youth Service features a full size gymnasium for dodge ball; floor hockey; and much more! It also has a pool table, ping-pong, foosball, wide screen TV's, Xbox, a Wii gaming system, a stereo and state-of-the-art Youth Technology Lab
  • Field trips to local attractions like Hershey Park, Ski RoundTop and more are offered throughout the year as well.
  • Teens are provided with an opportunity to participate in outdoor activities, cooking, arts & crafts, 4-H Club, Triple Play (sponsored by Boys & Girls Club of America), and video game tournaments.
  • For more information visit http://www.carlislemwr.com/child-and-youth-services

Youth Sports

  • Sports offered throughout the year include soccer, basketball, t-ball, golf, paintball, running club, dodge ball, tennis and indoor soccer.
  • Three sports' camps are offered during the year to include British Soccer Camp in August and Basketball and Soccer camps in December. Exact dates TBD.
  • Health and Fitness programs are offered throughout the year. They include Home School Health & PE; speed and agility camps; and weightlifting at fitness centers.
  • Dodgeball is held every Friday, 7-8:45 p.m. at the McConnell Center.
  • Youth Sports can be reached at (717) 245-3354.

Pre-School Children

Moore Child Development Center

Carlisle Barracks believes that every child has value and must be treated with dignity and respect. We strive to provide a safe and caring environment that will foster the social, emotional, physical, and creative development of children. The Moore Child Development Center offers a number of programs and opportunities for kids from 8 weeks to 5 years of age.


  • Curriculum based on the "Teaching Strategies Gold" for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • All programs are age appropriate and based on developmental stages of children.
  • Parent participation is encouraged in order to make our developmental program a success.
  • Lesson plans and curriculum based on individual child's needs.
  • Open-door policy. Parents are invited to come and visit anytime during the day.
  • Outside play area divided into separate areas for each age-group.
  • Children go for walks and visit various areas of Carlisle Barracks.
  • Field trips are planned for our older groups

Programs Offered

  • Full Day Care: This program is for children 8 weeks to 5 years. Children will be placed in classroom according to age and availability.
  • Hourly Care: This program is for children 8 weeks to 5 years, based on space availability. Reservations can be made online or in the Child Development Center and care can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.
  • Strong Beginnings Pre-Kindergarten Program: A class for children ages 4 to 5 and going into Kindergarten. Classes are held Monday-Friday 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Part Day Pre-School Program: A class for children ages 3 to 4 and potty trained. Classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30-3:30 pm.

Child Nutrition Program

  • Meals include breakfast, morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.
  • We dine in a family-style setting where children are encouraged to serve themselves and help clean up.
  • Self-reliance skills are taught.
  • We participate in the US Dept. of Agriculture Child Nutrition Program. Our pre-approved menus comply with USDA meal requirements.
  • USDA supplies nutrition guidance, educational materials and a financial reimbursement.

All fees are based on total family income. Children must be registered in Central Registration before care is provided at the center. For information on enrollment and the fee schedule visit http://www.carlislemwr.com/child-and-youth-services/moore-cdc

Hourly Care, Parents Nights Out

Hourly Care: This program is for children 8 weeks to 5 years, based on space availability and is held at the Moore Child Development Center. Reservations can be made online or in the Child Development Center and care can be reserved up to 30 days in advance.

Parents Night Out: This program is held on a regular basis to coincide with Army War College student social events. Usually held on Fridays, the program is offered at the Moore CDC and the McConnell Youth Center. Pre-registration is required and at least 12 children must be registered at each facility. The cost varies depending on the hours of care being provided.


Red Cross Babysitter training

Each Summer Carlisle Barracks hosts a 4-H/ U.S. Army Babysitting Course at the McConnell Center.

The course is open to CYSS members 13-18, but if spots remain after the initial registration, the class will be open to 12-year-olds who wish to participate until the class is full. There is no charge for the class but there is a minimum of 15 students to hold the class with a maximum of 20. The course is offered over a two-day period. You must attend both days of the session to become certified.

Participants will learn fire safety, developmental activities, how to identify child abuse and learn age appropriate activities they can do with the children and how to prepare healthy snacks. They will also receive CPR and first aid training.

Those who complete the course can be placed on the Carlisle Barracks babysitting referral list and is encouraged for all babysitters. People interested in receiving a copy of the babysitting list can get one from Youth Services or the Moore Child Development Center. For more information call (717) 245-4555.

The classes dates will be announced soon.