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Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg

The Fort Bragg Armed Services YMCA is on a mission to provide support to service members and their families through educational, recreational, and social programs. Our family support services include child care, mentoring, infant support, and the giving of household goods or financial support for families in need.



Before & After School Care

Registration is now open for the 2022-2023 school year for Overhills Elementary, South Harnett Elementary and Anderson Creek Primary. Visit our My ASYMCA portal to register.
Before and After School Care is now available for children in grades Kindergarten - 5th Grade attending Overhills Elementary, South Harnett Elementary, and Anderson Creek Primary.
Students attending Anderson Creek Primary may register for before and/or after school care at South Harnett Elementary.  Harnett County Schools provide transportation to and from Anderson Creek.  Please coordinate transportation through Anderson Creek Primary.
Students participate in extra enrichment learning STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering Art, Math), First Tee (a golf enrichment program that incorporate core values into the learning process), other indoor and outdoor activities and games as well as homework support. Snacks are included too.
Before School Care Hours: 6:45am - 7:45am Cost: $25/Week
After School Care Hours: 3pm - 6pm or 12pm - 4pm on Early Release Days Cost: $55/Week 
Enrollment packet and payment must be received before the students first day of child care. Before and After School Care are two separate programs which require separate registration paperwork and payment.
Please direct all questions to
Nicole Piechowski, Program Director
910-436-0500 ext. 103

How to register:

Please complete and turn in before your child's first day of childcare:


Operation Little Learners

Operation Little Learners Spring Session 2023:

Start: March 14, 2023

End: May 18, 2023

Operation Little Learners is designed to support and build confidence in parents in their roles as their child's first teacher. The program guides and gives tools to parents on how to enhance the developmental areas of the child and offers an opportunity for early learning and bonding.  The classes provide a variety of activities which enhance cognitive, emotional, social, motor and other skills of children ages 18 months - 5 years old, which in turn develop pre-k and kindergarten readiness. 

Operation Little Learners operates at our office on Fort Bragg (Building 2-2411 Rodney Trail, behind the Bragg 'n Barn Thrift Store and the Bragg Unique Boutique).  This program is offered to families at no cost due to the generous support of donors such as the PNC Foundation and United Way Cumberland County - Youth Growth Stock Trust .

Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • Children ages 18-36 months meet from 9:30am- 10:30am
  • Children ages 3-5 years meet from 11am- 12pm
*Priority will be given to those that have not participated in the program previously.
Please direct all questions to:
Nicole Piechowski, Program Director
910-436-0500 ext. 103




Operation Summer Camp (Summer Day Camp) 


Register for summer camp here!

Operation Summer Camp is now available for children in grades Kindergarten - 5th Grade open to the public. Summer camp will run JUNE 13th- AUGUST 19th. 

Summer camp is about learning skills, developing character, making friends with a focus on youth development., healthy living, and social responsibility. We will be doing a variety of activities ranging from arts & crafts, group games, water fun and so much more!  

Operation Summer Camp Hours: 7:00am- 6:00pm 

Cost: $155/Week 

Enrollment packet and payment must be received before the students first day of summer camp.  

Please and complete and turn in before your child's first day of summer camp:
Email completed Summer Camp packet to: 


Online Payment Portal 

Please direct all questions to: 

Nicole Piechowski, Program Coordinator

910-436-0500 ext. 103 

Thank you to The Community Grants Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation for supporting this program. 





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Operation Hero

The Armed Services YMCA Operation Hero is a ten-week, no-cost, after school enrichment program designed for military children in grades 2 through 5 and the unique challenges they face. Each week, Operation Hero focuses on different topics using fun, engaging, and interactive lessons and activities. Topics include:

    • Family and Friends 
    • Teamwork
    • Self-esteem
    • Emotions
    • Deployments and Family Separations
    • Respect 
    • Responsibility 
    • Integrity 
    • Bullying Prevention 

Military life provides so many opportunities and unique challenges for our children. Operation Hero was created specifically to support military kids. Curriculum-based lessons and team-building activities with peers who share similar life experiences help to strengthen students’ character development, leadership skills and increase their resilience enabling them to reach their full potential. The program helps students to manage their feelings and conflicts and develop friendships while emphasizing respect, responsibilities, integrity, and problem-solving. Enhancing students’ academic performance, as well as encouraging greater self-esteem and positive interactions with peers and family are core objectives for Operation Hero.

Spring 2023 Session Schedule:

Overhills Elementary 3-5pm (M,W)

South Harnett Elementary 3-5pm (T,Th)

Register Here!

For more information, please contact the Operation Hero Coordinator at 910-436-0500 ext. 110.

This program is generously supported by The Hoke County Community Foundation and United Way Cumberland County - Youth Growth Stock Trust.




Children's Waiting Room

For military parents, it can often be difficult to focus on their own health and well-being when their attention is divided between care provider and their children. The Armed Services YMCA Children’s Waiting Room provides a safe and welcoming environment for children while their parents attend medical appointments at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic.

Families can use this service during medical appointment at Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic. This program is offered at no-cost to military families and veterans and open for children ages 1 to 12.

This program operates weekly as follows:
  • Mondays from 8 a.m. -5 p.m.
  • Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Fridays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

How to register:

Registration is simple and easy! Register your child today by clicking on the “My ASYMCA” tab at the top of this tab, then select Children’s Waiting Room. This is the first step in registering for the service, please note you will NOT select your specific appointment time and date during this step.

Once you have completed the registration of your child in our system, you will receive an email from an Armed Services YMCA verifying information. 

Important Documents to Review:

Please register at least 48 hours in advance for your appointment.

This program is generously supported by Walmart, Humana Military and CCF Women's Giving Circle.



Operation Kid Comfort

Operation Kid Comfort provides no-cost personalized quilts and pillows to children with a deployed parent to support and comfort during stressful times. Volunteers cut fabric, print personalized photos, and assemble the quilts to be given to military children. The program is available to children of deployed U.S. Military personnel stationed in North or South Carolina.  

Register today by clicking the "My ASYMCA" Tab at the top of the page and then select Operation Kid Comfort. Having issues navigating registration? Click here to download a step by step guide.

Questions? Contact Emily Hardy at

This program is generous supported by The Association of Bragg Spouses, Bragg 'N Barn Thrift Store, and Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville, NC.



Food Pantry

Usage of the Food Pantry will be limited to one time per month for military families E5 and below and veterans. All others, or those seeking additional support, must complete an emergency referral form and obtain a signature from their Company Commander, 1SGT, or unit Chaplain. This form can be found below under “Important Documents”.  Once completed, please email to

If you are rank E-5 and below or veteran status and are ready to register, please click the "My ASYMCA" tab at the top of this page and then select Food Pantry. 

The Food Pantry is open every Wednesday and Friday from 10am - 2pm and every 2nd Saturday (excluding holidays). Registrants choose their preferred date for pick-up on the monthly online registration form. 

Resources for families:

This program is generous supported by United Way of Cumberland County's Youth Growth Stock Trust, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana Military, The Association of Bragg Spouses, Bragg'N Barn Thrift Store, Baptists on Mission, Piedmont Natural Gas, Cape Fear Chapter, MOAA, Association of the United States Army, Publix Charities and numerous generous individuals and community groups.   

Operation Deploy Your Dress

The Armed Services YMCA Fort Bragg is excited to partner with Operation Deploy Your Dress to open the 12th ODYD shop! Our mission is to Deploy America’s Patriotism One Dress at a Time! All Military I.D. Card holders in the Fort Bragg area may receive one free dress and one free accessory per calendar year.  Please call 910-436-0500 with questions about ASYMCA Fort Bragg ODYD.

Operation Deploy Your Dress Hours of Operation

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (closed for all federal holidays)

Questions? Contact Emily Hardy at

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Baby Bundles 

Open to parents in their 3rd Trimester or families who have had a baby in the past 3 months and are rank E5 and below. Baby Bundles deliver essential care items for newborns to families. The bundle includes essentials such as a blanket, clothing, baby wipes, book, diapers, educational toys, and more. Being a new parent is hard – being a new military parent is even harder. Baby Bundles aim to make the challenges of welcoming the newest member of the military family a bit easier and help offset the financial burden of acquiring basic supplies.   

Register your newborn for a bundle by clicking the "My ASYMCA" at the top of the page and then select baby bundles. You can also use this cheat sheet if you have any issues registering.

Questions? Contact

Baby Bundles are generously supported by The Susan M. Tillis Foundation, The Association of Bragg Spouses, The Bragg 'N' Barn Thrift Shop, Kiinde, LLC, PNC, Junior League of Fayetteville, CCF Women's Giving Circle, United Way of Cumberland County - Youth Growth Stock Trust and individual donors. 











Operation Ride Home

Since 2011, Jack Daniel's and the Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home program has helped bring military families together for the holidays. Operation Ride Home provides financial assistance to eligible active duty junior-enlisted military and their families to travel from their duty station, back home to spend time with their families. Reconnecting military families during this special time of year is one small way Operation Ride Home is strengthening military families. To date, the Jack Daniels and Armed Services YMCA Operation Ride Home Program has helped a total of 6,410 individuals travel home for the holidays. 










United Through Reading

United Through Reading brings families together through a video-recorded storytime for over 30 years. Service members preparing for a deployment or extended training exercises can record themselves reading a children’s book at the UTR-ASYMCA Fort Bragg Story Station and receive a free copy of the book to share with their families to read along while the service member is away from home. With a UTR recording and a new, free book in their lap, children are able to share storytime with their loved one whether their service member is serving at home, away at training or deployed around the world.

UTR-ASYMCA Fort Bragg Story Station is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; no rank restrictions or fee for this program. Download the UTR recording app at prior to visit.