News: Military families combine ACS programs, family for unique child care
Story by Sgt. Ange Desinor
CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea - There are two types of tours for service members assigned to 2nd Infantry Division, accompanied or unaccompanied. Military families that decide to serve in Korea together face unique challenges but discover or tailor unique solutions.
Even in tough situations, a lot of families are able to work out their situations with family-friendly programs and the support of family.
Second Infantry Division soldiers assigned to Camps Casey, Hovey and Humphreys are likely to enroll in programs offered by the Army Community Services and Family Morale, Welfare and Recreations. Child and Youth Service provide full and half-day on-post daycare and before 8 a.m. and after 3:30-6:30 p.m. hourly care. For school-aged children, child growth services provide activities during and after school.
“The after-hour care is especially helpful because they give homework on different subjects to my child, from whom they earn more educational opportunities,” said Staff Sgt. David J. Ezzio, multiple launch rocket system crew member, 6th Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, 210th Fires Brigade. “I am able to pick my daughter up after work.”
Additionally, different camps are available to children. During the month of June CYSS offers summer camp. The children will go through a lesson plan which develops a variety of skills such as teamwork, creativity, self discipline and respect.
“It gives my children structure and instills discipline and confidence,” Ezzio said.
But not all services are available throughout Area I at Camp Red Cloud there are no school services or daycare available. High school students are bused to Area III, Yongsan in Seoul. Middle school students will attend class at Camp Humphrey. Camp Casey’s middle school is scheduled to open Aug. 26. For some preschoolers other family members have filled in, stepped up to fill the role of childcare provider.
“There are other programs that support military Families,” said Sgt. 1st Class Lisa David from Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion. “But I have my mom with me instead to make it easier for me.”
Soldier and their families who receive orders to the Indianhead division need to know what family programs and services are available. For more information about the programs contact:
Child and Youth Service: Army Community Service:
Camp Humphreys 753-8507 Camp Casey 730-3107
Camp Casey 730-3953 Camp Humphreys 7538401/8804
Middle School and teen center: School liaison officer:
Camp Humphrey 753-5614 Camp Humphrey 753-8820
EFMP call Army One Source 730-6552