Child Care and School Programs
The DoD provides a range of child care and school programs to support the diverse needs of military families like yours. Click on a program name to learn more about the program and how it is designed to support your family’s needs.
Program Quality Standards
The DoD is committed to providing affordable, quality child and youth care in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. To do that, all DoD programs must meet strict quality standards.
- Military-operated programs must be DoD certified and meet national accreditation requirements.
- Family Child Care (FCC) is a quality alternative to center-based care. All providers are licensed and monitored regularly.
- Community providers participating in the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) program must have a state license and either have a national accreditation or participate in the MCCYN Plus program by enrolling in their state's Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).
- Individual providers participating in the Child Care in Your Home (CCYH) program must complete all required training, obtain a favorable background check, and agree to quarterly home visits.