Army Child Care Fee Assistance Programs
Benefit Fact Sheet
The U.S. Army Child, Youth and School (CYS) Services is committed to supporting the needs of Army Families located on the installation or in areas where no military child care and youth programming is offered or is unavailable at installations due to high demand. CYS Services maintains a network of delivery systems through which the Army provides quality, affordable, available, and accountable childcare and youth programs for Army Families.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, operational changes have been made so that we can continue to support Army Families; however, the Army Fee Assistance program may experience delays in processing times. To support Families, the AFA Program will make the following changes, effective until further notice. Please view our Policy Updates for more information.
Children and youth of active duty Army Soldiers are eligible for CYS programs. For child care eligibility see the Child Development Centers fact sheet, School Age Services and Care fact sheet and Child & Youth Services (CYS) fact sheet.
Many active duty Soldiers live in communities where no military childcare or youth programming is available or where there are long waiting lists for on-base childcare, school age programs or access to youth programs. To meet this need, the Department of Defense has partnered with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies and National Youth Organizations to refer military Families.
What Army Child Care Fee Assistance Programs are available?
Child Care in Your Neighborhood (ACCYN) provides Army sponsored off-post childcare for Children 4 weeks to 12 years of age. ACCYN programs operate in partnership with quality child care providers and programs that are located in the communities where Army Families reside. ACCYN Providers and programs receive ongoing training and oversight as they work to achieve and/or maintain national accreditation. Army Families, who enroll in an ACCYN program, pay reduced fees, comparable to those charged on-post. The Army provides fee assistance on behalf of the Family based on "total Family" income, with discounts generally given for multiple Children.
Operation: Military Child Care (OMCC) provides child care fee assistance for eligible Families whose Children (6 wks - 12 yrs) are enrolled in licensed off-post community-based care programs to support Military parents with their additional child care needs when they are deployed. OMCC helps geographically dispersed Military Families locate licensed child care options where they reside and arranges for them to pay reduced child care fees while the Military Parent is deployed. Children of deployed Single Military Parents, Dual Military couples and Service Members whose Spouse and Children's guardians are working or attending school full-time/part time. Licensed Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Providers are available in all 50 states. For eligibility requirements and fee assistance application instructions, please contact the Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) at (800) 424-2246 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for more information.
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) provides off-post childcare options for Families who have Children 6 weeks - 12 years of age. MCCYN helps Army Families locate and enroll in quality nationally accredited programs in the community where they live, and allows them to pay reduced fees, comparable to those charged on-post. MCCYN supports Child Care Centers and Family Child Care Providers with fee assistance in all 50 states and helps to support the program's enrollment and demonstrates recognition of their accredited high quality childcare program. MCCYN is for Children of Active Duty Single Military Parents, Dual Military Couples and Service Members whose Spouses are working or attending school. This also includes eligible Reserve Component Families.
What is Army Child Care Fee Assistance?
Child, Youth & School Services is helping Army Families find affordable child care that suits their unique needs. Through the fee assistance program, eligible Families receive monthly fee assistance (paid directly to the child care provider) to help offset the cost of child care in their communities. Army Fee Assistance Program guidelines state that if there is space available for a Sponsor's child/children at an Army CDC/FCC/SAC, then such space must be used for the care of their child/children. In the event that the Army CDC/FCC/SAC does not have space available, then the Sponsor may be eligible to apply for Off-Post Community Based Fee Assistance.
Army Fee Assistance is the Army's contribution toward the total cost of child care for Army Families.
Fee Assistance buys down the higher cost of off-post care allowing eligible Families to pay fees comparable to those charged at the Installation or Army supported joint base for full day services. Fee assistance compensates for the difference between a community-based provider's rate and an installation's rate for similar services. Calculations for fee assistance are based on provider rate caps.
The parent rate (parent's portion) and the amount of fee assistance combined usually equal the provider's rate.
This program is not an entitlement program and is subject to the availability of funds, which may be discontinued at any time.
The Fee Assistance Program is administered by the Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). For more information about eligibility requirements and fee assistance application instructions call (800) 424-2246, (703) 341-4100, or visit Child Care Aware of America.