Navy Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood Fee Assistance Program
Thank you for your interest in the Navy Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) fee assistance program administered by Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA). The Navy Child and Youth Programs (CYP) offers fee assistance to offset the cost of community based care to eligible members and their families that are stationed more than 15 miles from a Navy installation, or for families that search for care at installations identified as exceeding an average wait time of 90 days or more.
The following installations are currently eligible for Navy fee assistance:
- Naval Base San Diego
- Naval Base Point Loma
- Naval Base Coronado
- Marine Corps Air Station Miramar-Navy
- USMC Recruit Depot
- Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
- Norfolk Naval Station
- Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads
- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek Fort Story
- Naval Shipyard Norfolk
- Naval Air Station Oceana
- Naval Base Kitsap
- Naval Air Station Jacksonville
- Naval Support Activity Bethesda
- Naval Station Everett
- Naval Air Station Whidbey
Go to MilitaryChildCare.com to search for a program near you, or to register for the Navy CYP fee assistance waitlist.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, operational changes have been made so that we can continue to support Military Families. Please view our COVID-19 Fee Assistance FAQs for more information on your child care fee assistance.
For information about the waitlist or your eligibility, you may review the Navy Waitlist Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
Parents, please follow the steps below:
Step One: Create a Profile on MilitaryChildCare.com
All Navy Active Duty, Reserve Active Duty, and Civilian Sponsors interested in participating in the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) program must create a household profile on MilitaryChildCare.com.
Step Two: Make Requests for Care & Fee Assistance
All eligible Navy members that are located in areas where they do not live near a DoD installation, or are stationed at an installation that has been pre- identified as fee assistance eligible, will be provided an option within MCC to request fee assistance. Select the MCCYN option and follow the directions outlined on MilitaryChildCare.com.
Step Three: Receive an Offer & Complete an Application
If you are extended an offer for community child care fee assistance, it will be issued through MilitaryChildCare.com. The offer email will provide instructions on how to accept the space, as well as a link to the CCAoA fee assistance enrollment portal.
After you have created an account in the enrollment portal, you must then complete the electronic fee assistance application, upload the applicable supporting family eligibility documents listed under the section What Supporting Documents Are Needed?, and submit your application online at the link provided in the offer email you received.
Once your application and supporting documents have been received and reviewed, CCAoA will contact you regarding your eligibility, as well as the next steps in the application process.
Navy Fee Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What Programs Are Available?
- What Supporting Documents Are Needed?
- How is Fee Assistance Calculated?
- Why is Accredited Care Important?
Navy Fee Assistance Policy Updates
Periodically, there will be updates to policies and eligibility for the Navy Fee Assistance Program. These policy changes will be updated directly on this webpage. In addition, you may view a list of all policy updates.
What Programs Are Available?
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN)
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) provides fee assistance for families of Active Duty Sailors and U.S. Navy Civilians who are unable to access installation sponsored child care. Families living within 15 miles or 20 minutes of an installation program must have an active request for care on MilitaryChildCare.com before enrolling in fee assistance.
MCCYN is an extension of the child care services offered at the various military installations throughout the United States. Qualifying MCCYN Navy Sponsors must be connected to an accredited provider to ensure their child(ren) are receiving community child care of comparable quality to the type of care administered at installation Child Development Center or Family Child Care programs.
Navy Sponsors who are eligible to participate in MCCYN must select a provider with a state child care license, an inspection report dated within the last 12 months, a complete provider fee assistance application, an acceptable employee background check for all staff, and one of the following requirements for accreditation:
Child Care Centers
In order for child care centers to meet MCCYN requirements, they must be accredited by one of the approved national accreditation agencies listed below:
- National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- National Accreditation Commission (NAC)
- National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
- Council on Accreditation (COA)
- Cognia – NCA/SACS/NWAC (formerly AdvancED)
- Child Care Centers pursuing national accreditation through the Self-Study process
*Please note the agencies listed above are the only approved national accreditations that are accepted for the military fee assistance programs.
Family Child Care
In order for family child care providers to meet MCCYN requirements, they must have achieved one of the following high-quality credentials listed below:
- Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition
- Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
- National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation
For a list of providers who have at one time participated in the fee assistance program, click here to search for accredited providers.
Once you have located a provider, please contact us to verify their eligibility and current status within the program (1-800-424-2246). You can also review more information on the child care provider application requirements..
Please be advised that the Navy Child Care Fee Assistance Program is not an entitlement program and is subject to the availability of funds.
What Supporting Documents Are Needed?
When a fee assistance space becomes available for your child(ren), you will be notified via email regarding the next steps in the application and eligibility process. Please DO NOT submit or upload any supporting application documents to your fee assistance account until you have received an offer email. Supporting documentation for proof of eligibility may vary by family. Below is a list of commonly required documentation:
- Self Certification Form for children listed on the application (children eligible for fee assistance must be living in the same household of the Navy Sponsor and be listed as a legal dependent in the sponsor’s DEERS. Fee assistance programs are provided for children ages birth through 12 years).
- LES or CLES for all Navy Sponsors activated to full time duty. A current copy of the Sponsor’s LES or CLES dated within the past 90 days will be required.
- Military Orders for all Navy Sponsors activated to full-time duty from the Reserves, as well as Navy Sponsors deployed/out to sea. Deployed and Activated Reservists must submit a current copy of their orders to verify eligibility.
- SF-50 or Personnel Action Request Form for all Navy Civilians. Please supply your current year SF-50 form.
- Spouse/Non-Military Parent Information (applies to unmarried parents living in the same household, or parents sharing custody of the children) If the Spouse/Non-Military Parent is employed, one month’s worth of pay stubs with verification that they are working between 16-40 hours per week. If they are unable to provide pay stubs due to recent employment, please have their supervisor complete the Employment Verification Form for a 60 day approval period, while we wait for the Spouse/Non-Military Parent to submit one month’s worth of their pay stubs.
- If the Spouse/Non-Military Parent is enrolled in school, a school schedule verifying enrollment with a minimum of 12 credit hours for undergraduate, or 9 credit hours at a graduate level. School schedule must include the student’s name, the school’s name, the number of enrolled credits, and the period of the current semester.
- A one-time 90-day certification of looking for work approval period may be utilized by the Spouse/Non-Military Parent, if they are currently searching for employment. The Looking for Work Form must be completed in order to take advantage of the approval period.
- Installation Child Care Request Form – Please be advised that all applicant families, or families changing providers, living within 15 miles or 20 minutes of an installation child care program must have an active request for care at the program. If you have denied, or not responded to, an offered space at a Child Development Center or Family Child Care within the past 12 months, you will not be eligible for fee assistance. Verification of active requests for installation sponsored child care is subject to occur at the time of the initial application, annual re-certification, and during a change of provider request. Your application will not be processed until the Installation Child Care Request Form has been completed and returned.
- Provider Cost Verification Form – The Provider Cost Verification Form collects all required information about the child care rates your family will be charged by the child care provider. This includes discounts, effective dates, rate changes, rate frequency, and the schedule of care. This form will be used to process your fee assistance application and ensure that no over-payments occur. You will be required to submit this form with your family application after it has been confirmed that your child care provider is eligible to participate in the fee assistance programs.
- Provider Documents– All eligible providers for the assistance program must have a state child care license, a state inspection report dated within the last 12 months, an acceptable employee background check for all staff, a complete provider fee assistance application, and must meet additional high-quality accreditation standards. Applications for fee assistance will not be processed until the selected provider meets all program eligibility requirements and has submitted a complete application.
Frequently Requested Forms
- Change of Provider Form
- Information Update Request Form
- Schedule of Care Form
- Parent User Licensing Agreement Form
- Provider Fee Assistance Application (only required for Providers who have not previously participated)
- Direct Deposit Form
- Provider W-9
- EIN Instructions
How Is Fee Assistance Calculated?
2020-2021 Child Care Fee Assistance Total Family Income Categories, DoD Parent Fees, and Provider Caps
Fee assistance is determined by calculating the difference between the community child care provider’s monthly fee, which shall not exceed the program’s predetermined provider cap for the family’s locality and type of care, and the DoD parent fee for similar child care services based on locality and income category.
If a family chooses a provider who charges more than their maximum provider cap, then the family is responsible for paying their DoD parent fee, as well as the additional provider cost beyond their identified provider cap.
However, if the difference between the community child care provider’s fee and the DoD parent fee is less than $25/month, then a monthly fee assistance reimbursement will not be awarded to the family. Additionally, if a child is participating in full-time care and the Spouse is enrolled or employed on a part-time basis, then the family will only be eligible for a reduced amount of the full-time fee assistance rate.
Please be advised that the DoD parent fees used to calculate assistance for this program are based on similar DoD sponsored child care services, which may not always match the exact parent fee a family would pay for care at an installation sponsored Child Development Center or Child Development Home.
Families living within the identified high-cost installation localities will be calculated using the high-cost parent fees and high-cost provider caps. All other families living outside the identified high-cost installation localities will be calculated using the basic parent fees and basic provider caps.
You can view the 2020-2021 Total Family Income Categories, DoD Parent Fees, and Provider Caps that will be used to determine fee assistance.
For a copy of the Payment Policies and Payment Calendar, visit the links below.
Why is Accredited Care Important?
National accreditation is an additional criterion used to determine the quality of a child care program. Family child care homes and child care centers may pursue accreditation in order to increase the level of their care. Accredited providers must meet higher standards than those set forth by state licensing.
These programs offer the care, attention, and educational activities that parents look for in high-quality child care, as well as activities and experiences that aid a child’s growth and development, which will better prepare them for school.