Interested in a Career as a Military FCC Provider?
As a family child care provider, you’ll give military families a quality, viable, home-based alternative to center-based child care. You will manage your own business while doing something you love and helping families who serve.
On this page, you can learn more about the benefits of becoming an FCC provider and the requirements you must meet to participate. Requirements and support services may vary by Service and installation, so contact your installation’s FCC program for more information.
Who are military FCC Providers?
Military FCC providers are child care professionals who are certified by their military installation to provide child care in their homes. Designed for children up to age 12, FCC offers smaller group settings and more flexible schedules than traditional child care. FCC may offer full- or part-day care, care for school age children both during the school year and summer, or 24/7 and extended care.
What is the FCC Program?
Each installation or metro area that offers family child care, has an FCC Program. The FCC Program is an essential part of the DoD Child and Youth Program (CYP). It supports military families by providing high-quality and affordable child care in home-based settings on or near installations in the US and abroad. If you are interested in becoming an FCC provider, you will work with your installation’s FCC Program to complete the required steps to become DoD certified. Once certified, they will work with you to set up a profile for your business in MCC so families can request care at your home. The FCC Program also provides ongoing support through home visits, mentoring, and ongoing training opportunities.
To find your installation’s FCC Program, access the MCC Search for Care feature available at the top of the page, enter your installation’s name, and select Go. If there is an FCC Program, it will be displayed in the search results with phone and email contact information. If your installation does not have an FCC Program, contact your Child and Youth Program Office about how to get started.
Why Become an FCC Provider with the Military?
Becoming an FCC provider for the military has many great benefits!
- Serve military families by providing their children with educational opportunities
- Enjoy the personal benefits of working from home
- Care for your own children at the same time
- Build lasting relationships with the families you serve
- Set your own schedule including traditional or non-traditional hours such as weekend or evening care
- Customize your program by specifying the age groups served (e.g., infant only or mixed age, including school age children)
- Access to certified backup providers or substitutes
- Access to resources from your installation’s lending library
As a provider, you are part of a military FCC network that can help you grow your career in many ways.
- Obtain support such as coaching, mentoring, and on-the-job training from your FCC program
- Reach more than 250,000 military families searching for care on MilitaryChildCare.com
- Participate in regular training and professional development opportunities
- Transfer your career to another installation with minimal interruption
- Receive support to obtain national accreditation through the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) and/or CDA certification through the National Child Development Association
- Collaborate and connect with a network of military FCC providers
Note: Service branches and installations may offer additional benefits to those listed here. Be sure to connect with your installation’s FCC program for details.
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. To learn more, read about the quality standards FCC providers meet.
Ready to Get Started?
Think this career is right for you? Complete and submit the FCC Provider Interest Form to get started.