Information for Parents

Resident Orientation Manual

All youths are provided with a Resident Orientation Manual shortly after they arrive. This document provides all necessary information required to understand the basics of programming, rights, and expectations for youths being held in the Youth Center. Click here to view the manual.

Daily Programming & Residential Treatment

Youth are involved in structured programs and daily living activities throughout their non-sleeping hours. The daily schedule includes chores, school, meals, personal hygiene, physical recreation, life skills modules, decision-making training, and positive leisure activities. Trained staff supervise and facilitate all activities with youth. We include through other partnerships additional expertise on youth-related topics. Some of our partners include, MSU Extension, Planned Parenthood, U of M Project Community, U of M Street Law, and others.

Rational Behavior Training (RBT)

Rational Behavior Training is a way of looking at how you react to situations and what happens after that. The way you see a situation leads you to certain feelings, and these feelings lead to certain actions. The 36 page handbook listed below is a way for the youth to identify how they feel after certain situations and shows them how to have more controlled responses. View more information on the RBT program.

School Program

The school program is a year-round, on site, fully accredited educational program staffed by the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD). Classes include core academics following the Michigan curriculum guidelines, physical education, and academic work geared to each youths specific learning needs. The program also offers GED study if it is appropriate for an individual student. All teachers are special education certified and there is a full-time WISD school social worker on site. Youth may earn high school credits while attending the school program and those credits fully transfer back to the youths home school. View the 2017 to 2018 WISD CIY Program Calendar (PDF).

Food Service

On-Site Children's Services Staff provide three nutritional meals and two snacks per day for youth in our facility. All meals are planned according to the USDA guidelines for Child Nutrition Programs (traditional food based menu planning system). Our current focus is to reduce sodium by 16% as well as Cholesterol by 33%. Presently, we are introducing whole grain items into the menu, replacing some refined carbohydrates. These include whole wheat:

  • Bagels
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Rolls
Food Pyramid

Special dietary needs are addressed on an individual basis for youth needing an adapted menu for medical or religious reasons.

School Breakfast Outreach Information

Breakfast is available in the Washtenaw County Youth Center cafeteria from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Breakfast is provided at no charge to youth housed at the Washtenaw County Youth Center. Breakfast choices for all students include an entrée, fruit, fruit juice and milk. All choices meet the USDA nutritional standards. The Youth Center wants to ensure that our residents are ready to learn and achieve their highest academic potential by fueling their bodies with a nutritious breakfast!

Wellness Policy

In accordance with USDA policy the youth center has implemented a local wellness policy (PDF). Local wellness policies are an important tool for parents, local educational agencies (LEAs) and school districts in promoting student wellness, preventing and reducing childhood obesity, and providing assurance that school meal nutrition guidelines meet the minimum federal school meal standards.

Summer Food

The Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site locator was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Use the SFSP site locator to find a SFSP site near you. View Ann Arbor Sites Participating in the Summer Food Service Program.

Civil Rights

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy (PDF), this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of:

  • Age
  • Color
  • Disability
  • National Origin
  • Race
  • Sex

To file a complaint of discrimination, contact:

USDA Director
Office of Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 326-W, Whitten Building
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
Phone: 202-720-5964

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Children's Services Non-Discrimination Statement

All youth shall be protected from discrimination based on race, national origin, color, creed, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, height, weight, physical handicap, and political and/or religious beliefs. All youth shall not be restricted from access to programs and activities based on these protected characteristics. All youth shall be assured that seeking judicial relief will not be met with reprisal or penalty. All youth have the right to legal representation.

And Justice For All

All youth shall be assured that seeking judicial relief will not be met with reprisal or penalty. All you have the right to legal representation. View answers to frequently asked questions (PDF).