MCCYN is a fee assistance program that keeps affordable child care in reach for eligible families. It’s intended for families who cannot access military-operated care due to distance or waitlists. With fee assistance, a portion of your child care cost is paid to reduce the cost of using community-based care. The goal is to make it easier for you to afford quality child care from local community providers when you cannot access military care.
MCCYN is available to Army active duty members, Army Reservists and Army National Guard on active duty*, Army civilians, and Gold Star spouses who:
- Are stationed at an installation that has been pre-identified as fee assistance eligible, or
- Do not live near a DoD installation with a Child and Youth program.
If married, your spouse must be employed, actively seeking employment, or a student enrolled in a minimum number of hours.
Fee assistance is available to:
- Families stationed within the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska.
- Children from birth through age 12.
* To be eligible, Reservists and National Guard members must be on orders for a minimum of 30 consecutive days.
When fee assistance becomes available for your child(ren), you will receive an offer from MilitaryChildCare.com with the next steps to complete your application. Army MCCYN has authorized Child Care Aware of America (CCAoA) to administer the program. You will submit your required documents through the CCAoA fee assistance portal.
Below are commonly required documents that you may need to provide during registration.
You must provide documentation based on your sponsor type.
All sponsors must provide a Self-Certification Statement that includes all your dependent children who will receive fee assistance.
Army active duty and National Guard and Reservists on active duty must provide
- Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) dated within the last 90 days, and
- Military Orders (applies to Activated Guard and Reserve and recruiters only)
Army civilians, including Reserve Technicians, must provide
- Personnel Action Request Form (SF-50 or DA3434), and
- Civilian Leave and Earnings Statement (CLES) dated within the last 90 days, and
- If applicable, a Retiree Account Statement (RAS), Veteran’s Administration (VA) benefit letter, other retirement or pension statement, or long-term disability benefits statement.
Working Spouse must provide one of the following
- One month or 4 weeks of pay stubs showing you are working at least 16 hours per week. If you cannot provide recent pay stubs because you are on maternity or paternity leave, submit a Maternity/Paternity Leave Verification Form completed by your employer.
- If newly employed, a completed Employment Verification Form for a 60-day approval. Paystubs must be provided once available to support the hours and income on the Employment Verification Form.
- If self-employed as an independent contractor, provide a Form 1099-NEC, 1099-K, or 1099-MISC. If you do not have a 1099 form, submit a self-certification statement signed by the sponsor and spouse that includes your start date, estimated work hours per week, and estimated annual income, plus one month or 4 weeks of pay stubs.
- If you own your own business, provide a copy of the most recent 1040 Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business. If a Schedule C has not been filed yet, submit the business license and a self-certification statement or Certification of Self Employment Statement with the estimated work hours per week and estimated annual income.
Note: Self-employment is defined as directly engaging in an income producing trade or business for the purpose of making a living.
Spouse Seeking Employment must provide a Looking for Work Form to receive fee assistance for a one-time 90-day period while you look for work. You must then provide proof of employment to continue to receive benefits. If you find a job within 90 days, you must report your change of status to CCAoA.
Student Spouse must provide one of the following
- School schedule that includes the student’s name, the school’s name, the number of enrolled credits, and the period of the current semester.
- If enrolled in a school that does not follow a traditional academic calendar, submit a school schedule and a receipt for payment.
- If enrolled in another post-secondary educational program (e.g., technical school, trade school), a formal apprenticeship program, or a General Education Development (GED) program, submit proof of enrollment that includes the student’s name, the school’s name, length of the program, and hours per week attending school.
Note: Refer to this FAQ for details on the number of required hours used to determine eligibility for part-day and full-day fee assistance.
In addition to the documentation required to verify a spouse’s status, if applicable, you must also submit a Retiree Account Statement (RAS), Veteran’s Administration (VA) benefit letter, other retirement or pension statement, or long-term disability benefits statement.
Before benefit payments can be issued to your provider, they must be approved to participate in MCCYN, and you must submit a Provider Cost Verification Form for each provider that will care for your child(ren). The Provider Cost Verification Form 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.
From here, download the commonly requested forms and resources referenced on this page.
Self Certification Statement
Certification of Looking for Work
Employment Verification Form
SY 23-24 Army MCCYN Parent Fees
Maternity/Paternity Leave Verification Form
Army Certification of Self Employment
Provider Cost Verification Form