Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

An Overview of Children and Youth Programs

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

An Overview of Children and Youth Programs

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The military services offer a wide variety of quality children and youth programs in structured developmental settings on and off the military installation to provide for safe, age-appropriate activities.


Instructional programs: Instructional programs provide opportunities to develop new skills and learn in hands-on, informal settings. Programs cover a wide range of topics including photography, woodworking, science and technology, gardening, health and safety.

Recreation sports programs: These programs are typically offered through the installation youth center. A year-round program of team sports provides numerous opportunities for youth to challenge themselves physically while developing life skills, such as good sportsmanship and the value of teamwork.

Recreation programs: Recreation programs are geared toward individual interests and skills such as golf and tennis. These programs may be offered through a variety of Morale, Welfare and Recreation and services facilities, such as the golf course, bowling center and youth centers.

Educational and youth development programs. These programs are focused on citizenship, character building, public speaking and leadership.


The services and the Department of Defense also recognize the importance of providing families with access to quality, affordable child care programs, because child care is a work force issue that directly impacts the efficiency, readiness and retention of the total force. …

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