Off-Post Community Based Child Care 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.
Please Note: The Army Fee Assistance Program will be transitioning to a new contractor. The timeline for this transition has not yet been finalized. Families will be notified as soon as the transition plan is finalized.
Children of Army National Guard Soldiers on federal active duty are eligible for CYS child care programs. For Child Development Services child care eligibility see the Child Development Centers fact sheet , School Age Services and Care fact sheet and Child & Youth Services (CYS) fact sheet . The following Children are eligible for Community Care Resources:
Children and youth of geographically dispersed active duty Families with no access to on-base care, e.g. Children of active duty Recruiters, ROTC Instructors, MEPCOM personnel, Soldiers on independent duty assignments and Soldiers living in communities that are not within reasonable commuting distances to military bases.
Children who are wait-listed and not currently enrolled in on-base care. Eligibility is subject to the Service Policy regarding length of waiting list and waiting period for care. Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood is limited to single parent Families, Families with a working Spouse, or a Spouse who is enrolled in school. Spouses looking for work are eligible for free assistance for 60 days.
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 child care 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?
Army Fee Assistance (AFA) 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. AFA is an initiative that assists Army Families in reducing the cost of off-post child care when on post options are not available or when geographically separated from on-post child care options. These child care options are available in 50 states and may include full-time, part-time, before & after school care, respite care, as well as weekend and evening duty hourly care.
Fee Assistance compensates for the difference between a Community Care Provider's rate and an Installation's rate for similar service. The parent rate is paid directly to the Provider by the parents. Fee Assistance will compensate for some or the entire gap between the Garrison rate and the Provider rate for similar service.
Eligible Families must receive an annual signed Statement of Non-Availability from CYS Services staff confirming there are no available spaces on the Garrison prior to enrollment with the exception of geographically dispersed Families and school age.
The Fee Assistance Program is administered by the Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). Please contact CCAoA for eligibility requirements and fee assistance application instructions. Please call (800) 424-2246. Visit Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for more information.