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U.S. Coast Guard Child Care

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Child Care Programs Available for Coast Guard Families

As a Coast Guard family, you have access to a range of child care programs, allowing you to choose the right type of care for your child. To help you, streamlines the search for child care search and connects Coast Guard families to various types of programs. Learn more about the programs that you may search for and request through

Overview of Programs

  • Coast Guard Operated Child Care

    Onsite Coast Guard Child Development Centers (CDC) and Coast Guard certified Family Child Care (FCC) providers provide services for infants, pretoddlers, toddlers, and preschoolers. They operate Monday through Friday during standard work hours, and depending on the location offer full-day, part-day, and hourly care.

  • Coast Guard Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood

    Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) is a fee assistance program for eligible Coast Guard members. With fee assistance, a portion of your child care costs is paid to offset the cost of community-based care. This makes it easier for families to afford quality child care from local community providers.

  • DoD-Operated Child Care

    DoD provides eligible families with a variety of quality, affordable child care options for children including Child Development Centers (CDC), School Age Care (SAC), Family Child Care (FCC), and 24/7 Centers. 

Program Eligibility

Coast Guard and DoD Operated Child Care

To participate in military-operated child care, your family must meet basic eligibility requirements. Read more here about eligibility requirements, family types, the associated priority guidelines, and how these factors are used to determine your child's placement on the waitlist. 

Coast Guard Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) Fee Assistance

Coast Guard MCCYN is available to Coast Guard active duty members and Coast Guard Reservists on active duty orders for at least 180 days.

If married, your spouse must be employed, actively seeking employment, or a student.

Fee assistance is available to:

  • Families stationed within the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, and Puerto Rico*
  • Children from birth through age 12.

* To receive fee assistance in Puerto Rico, your child must be enrolled in a Coast Guard Child Development Center.

Coast Guard Operated Child Care

The Coast Guard operates nine onsite Coast Guard Child Development Centers (CDC) at the below locations. In addition, Coast Guard certified Family Child Care (FCC) providers may be available in your area.

  • U.S. Coast Guard Academy
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base Borinquen
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base Cape Cod
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base National Capital Region
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base San Juan
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base Alameda
  • U.S. Coast Guard Base Kodiak
  • U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
  • U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma

How to Get Started? It's Easy!

    Create an Account

    If you don’t already have an account, select "Create an Account" at the top of this page. Once you create an account, set up a Household Profile so you can search for care at any time from any location.

    Search for and Request Child Care and Fee Assistance

    Your MCC account gives you access to the full range of military child care programs. Request care as soon as you know your duty station and tentative arrival date to get on the waitlist. You can search multiple locations and submit requests for all the military child care options that meet your needs, including MCCYN, in your search area. Review the list of MCCYN providers to find participating providers in your area.

    Wait for an Offer

    You will receive an offer for care if space becomes available but no more than 30 days before the date you need care. Notifications about your requests, including offers for care, will be delivered to your preferred email address. Keep your email address up-to-date in your Household Profile so you do not miss these important messages.

    Complete Enrollment or Registration

    If you receive an offer for care, you will receive a notification from with instructions on how to accept the offer and next steps to enroll with your selected child care program or, if the offer is for MCCYN, complete your registration.

Coast Guard MCCYN

MCCYN is a fee assistance program that keeps affordable child care in reach of eligible families. Coast Guard MCCYN pays a monthly subsidy to help offset the cost of community based child care. The goal is to make it easier for you to afford quality child care from local community providers when you cannot access military-operated care.

Required Documentation

Required Documentation

If you receive an offer for MCCYN, you will receive instructions on how to complete MCCYN registration and submit documentation to verify your eligibility. What's required is based on your sponsor type and spouse's status if you are married.

You must provide the following documents to verify your eligibility:

  • BAH/Dependency Data Sheet available in the USCG Pay Portal
  • Most recent Leave and Earnings Statement (LES)
  • Active Duty Orders

You must also provide documentation based on spouse status.

Working Spouse must provide one of the following that shows you work at least 20 hours per week:

  • One month or 4 weeks or pay stubs, or
  • If newly employed, a letter from your employer with your date of hire, hours worked per week, and estimated weekly or monthly salary, or
  • If self-employed, information about your business, number of hours worked per week, and annual salary. 

Student Spouse must provide:

  • School schedule that shows are you enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.
  • School schedule must include the student's name, the school's name, the number of enrolled credits, and the period of the current semester.

Spouse Seeking Employment do not provide documentation. You may receive fee assistance for a one-time 90-day period while you look for work. You much then provide proof of employment to continue to receive benefits.

In addition to eligibility-related documents, you must submit a completed and signed MCCYN Cost Worksheet for each provider who will care for your children. The MCCYN Cost Worksheet collects all required information about the child care rates your family will be charged, including discounts, effective dates, rate changes, rate frequency, and the schedule of care.

Family Resources

Family Resources

For the USCG MCCYN program, your fee assistance benefit varies based on the rate your provider charges, your rank, and whether you live in a high cost area. The benefit amount is the difference between the rate your provider charges or the provider cap (whichever is less) and your parent fee.

To determine what you will pay for child care each month:

  1. First, determine your parent fee and provider cap.
    • USCG determines the full-time and part-time parent fee per child for each rank.
    • USCG defines provider caps for basic and high cost areas. If you enroll with a provider who charges more than the provider cap, then you are responsible for your parent fee plus any amount above the provider rate cap.
    • Review the MCCYN USCG Rank-Based Parent Fees document to determine your parent fee and provider cap for each child.
  2. Next, determine your provider’s monthly rate.
    • If your provider charges a weekly rate, multiply that amount by 4.33 to get the monthly rate.
  3. Subtract the parent fee from the provider rate or the provider cap, whichever is less. This is your benefit amount for each child.


Sponsor rank: E6

Parent fee for part-time care: $200

Provider cap for part-time care in basic area: $450

Provider monthly rate: $425

$425 (provider rate) - $200 (parent fee) = $225 (benefit amount)

Parent responsibility: $200



Sponsor rank: E6

Parent fee for full-time care: $400

Provider cap for full-time care in high cost area: $1,200

Provider monthly rate: $1,400 ($200 above provider cap)

$1,200 (provider cap) - $400 (parent fee) = $800 (benefit amount)

Parent responsibility: $400 (parent fee) + $200 (provider fee above cap) = $600

The DoD is committed to making a variety of child care options available – both on and off base – to ensure families have access to the care they need. On our website, you may search for community child care providers who meet the requirements to participate in MCCYN or may already be serving families receiving fee assistance.

To see if the MCCYN program is available to you, log in to your MCC household or create an MCC account. You can then access the community provider resource list when searching for care by selecting the View MCCYN Providers link under the MCCYN program profile, or, if you've requested fee assistance, from your "My Child Care" page.

If there are no providers listed in your area, or your provider is not listed, you may choose your own provider. All providers must meet the eligibility requirements, apply, and be approved to participate in the USCG MCCYN Fee Assistance Program. Interested providers can review the requirements detailed in the Coast Guard MCCYN Provider Handbook or complete the Interest Form.

In order to process your fee assistance benefit, you or your provider must complete and submit monthly a Fee Assistance Benefit Form. Review the MCCYN Benefit Form Tip Sheet to learn how to complete and submit the form. See the MCCYN Resource section below for the form.

MCCYN Resources

MCCYN Resources

From here, download resources referenced on this page.

Email Contacts


Review the frequently asked questions for more information.