Child Care Fee Assistance Programs

Air Force Reserve: Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet

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The mission of the Department of the Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance Programs is to assist DoD military personnel in balancing the competing demands of the accomplishment of the DoD mission and family life through delivery of a system of quality, available and affordable programs and services for eligible children and youth birth through 12 years of age.


Children and youth of Air Force Reserve Service members are eligible for Child Care Fee Assistance Programs. For child care eligibility see the Child Development Centers fact sheetSchool Age Services and Care fact sheet and Child & Youth Services (CYS) fact sheet. Children who are survivors of Combat Fallen Warriors are also eligible.

Benefit Highlights

children playing at a daycare Many active duty airmen and guardians live in communities where military child care or youth programming is unavailable or where there are long waiting lists for on-base options. 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.

Military Child Care (MCC) - Provides child care fee assistance for eligible families whose children (birth - 12 yrs.) are enrolled in licensed off-base community-based care programs. MCC helps Military families locate licensed child care options where they reside and allows them to pay reduced child care fees based on their total family income. 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 Visit Child Care Aware® of America (CCAoA) for more information.

Payment Calendar 2023 and 2024

Child Care Fee Assistance Total Family Income Categories, Parent Fees and Provider Caps

Department of the Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance Programs available:

Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) - Provides off-base child care options for active duty families who have children aged birth-12. MCCYN helps Department of the Air Force families locate and enroll in quality nationally accredited programs in the community where they live and allows them to pay reduced fees.

Families living within 15 miles or 20 minutes of on-installation child care must have an active request for care on before applying for fee assistance.

Click here to locate a qualifying program and child care provider in your local area.

Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood – PLUS (MCCYN-PLUS) - MCCYN-PLUS is a pilot program in select locations throughout the country that implements a state Quality Rating and Improvement System for non-accredited, licensed center-based child care programs with the intent to improve the quality of child care. MCCYN-PLUS is only approved if nationally accredited care is not available.


MCCYN-PLUS Parent Pamphlet

Application Process - To make a request to participate in the Department of the Air Force MCCYN program for Community Child Care Fee Assistance, please follow the steps below:

1. Create a profile on

2. In your “household profile” make a request for CDC/FCC care. This must be made prior to submitting a request for Community Child Care Fee Assistance

3.  If you are extended an offer for community child care fee assistance, it will be issued through The offer email will provide instructions on how to accept the space, as well as a link to the CCAoA fee assistance enrollment portal.

Applications can be made online at the Child Care Aware of America Fee Assistance Program Website.

You will be notified via email when an opening becomes available for your child/children. DO NOT submit or upload any supporting documents to your fee assistance account until you receive an offer. Commonly required documents are:

If you are unable to find a provider that meets the MCCYN or MCCYN-PLUS (in pilot locations only) requirements contact a specialist at CCAoA for assistance.

Enhanced Referral for the National Capital Region - To locate child care in the National Capital Region, a qualifying military sponsor is eligible to receive an Enhanced Referral from a member of Child Care Aware® by calling 1-800-424-2246.

An Enhanced Referral creates a customized child care search for your family taking into consideration the parents’ work and home addresses, transportation route to and from work, hours of care needed, ages of the children, and the provider’s eligibility for the fee assistance program. Military sponsors who receive an Enhanced Referral will also be provided with the option to use providers who are in the CCAoA preferred provider network. This network currently hosts nearly 3,500 pre-approved MCCYN providers.

Additional Information
Document Review Date: 11 March 2024