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Army Child Care Fee Assistance Program

What is Army Child Care Fee Assistance?

The U.S. Army Child, Youth & School Services is helping Army Families find affordable child care that suits their unique needs.  Through the fee assistance program, families are eligible to receive monthly fee assistance to help offset the cost of child care in their communities.  

  • 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.
  • The parent rate (parent’s portion) and the amount of fee assistance combined will equal the provider’s rate.  

The Four Fee Assistance Programs
1. Operation Military Child Care (OMCC) – a program of local state LICENSED child care for deployed parents.
2. Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) – a program of local ACCREDITTED providers for child care when on post child care is not accessible for geographically dispersed Families.

The intent of OMCC and MCCYN programs is to help meet the needs of eligible geographically dispersed Families who cannot access Army operated or Army affiliated Programs. These Community Based child care spaces are available in 50 states and may include full time, part-time, before & after school, respite care, as well as weekend and evening duty hours care.

3. Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood (ACCYN)
4. Army School Age Program in Your Neighborhood (ASPYN)

ACCYN and ASPYN programs identify, develop and sustain Army affiliated, community based programs, comparable in quality and affordability to those on post and also provide fee assistance to buy down the cost. These enduring Army subsidized child spaces are in communities surrounding highly impacted Installations by Army transformation with oversight and technical assistance to achieve national accreditation. Community Based Fee Assistance Programs, like ACCYN and ASPYN, supplement, but do not replace Army operated on-post child care and school age programs. 

Who Is Eligible?
  • Families of Active and Reserve Component Soldiers (Guard and Reserve Soldiers must be activated to be eligible)
  • Department of the Army Civilians and those assigned to Army supported Joint Base Installations
  • Survivors of Fallen Soldiers
  • Wounded Warriors assigned to a Warriors in Transition Unit or Battalion (WTU/WTB) or Special Operations Command (SOCOM)
  • Spouses must be working a minimum of 16 hours or enrolled in school