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 Navy active duty members, Navy Reservists on active duty, and Navy civilians 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 full-time student.
Fee assistance is available to:
- Families stationed within the continental United States, Hawaii, and Alaska.
- Children from birth through age 12.
When you complete your MCCYN registration, you must submit documentation to verify your eligibility. What's required is based on your sponsor type and spouse’s status if you are married.
All sponsors must provide a Self-Certification Form that includes all your dependent children who will receive fee assistance.
In addition, you must provide documentation based on your sponsor type.
Navy active duty and Reservist on active duty must provide
- Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) dated within the past 45 days, and
- Military Orders
Navy civilians must provide either
- Personnel Action Request Form (SF-50 form) which shows annual income, or
- Most recent Civilian Leave and Earnings Statement (CLES)
You must provide documentation based on spouse status.
Working Spouse must provide one of the following
- One month or 4 weeks of pay stubs,
- If newly employed, a letter from your employer with the date of hire, hours worked per week, and weekly/monthly salary, or
- If self-employed, a Certification of Self Employment Form PLUS a gross earnings statement from your business’s tax information, or if you do not have a tax return for the business, a signed, written estimate of anticipated annual earnings. You can estimate your annual earnings by multiplying your 90-day income by 4.
Note: If you identified yourself as a full-time working spouse in your MCC household profile, your documentation must clearly indicate that you work at least 30 hours per week or 100 hours per month. If you work part-time, you must also submit proof that you are a current student at a post-secondary institution to qualify as full-time working.
Student Spouse must provide
- School schedule that shows you are enrolled at least 12 credit hours in an undergraduate program or 9 credit hours in a graduate program.
- If your school has non-traditional scheduling (e.g., quarter schedules, block schedules), the documentation must clearly state that you are enrolled full-time.
- 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 must then provide proof of employment to continue to receive benefits.
Before benefit payments can be issued to your provider, they must be approved to participate in MCCYN, and you must submit an MCCYN Cost Worksheet for each provider that will care for your child(ren). 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.
Community providers interested in participating in the MCCYN program must complete and submit the MCCYN Provider Interest Form.
The DoD is committed to providing affordable, quality child and youth care in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. To do that, all DoD-funded programs must meet strict quality standards. Learn more about the quality standards that MCCYN participating providers meet. Exceptions to the quality standards may be approved on a case-by-case basis.
From here, download the commonly requested forms and resources referenced on this page.
Certification of Self Employment
MCCYN Cost Worksheet
MCCYN Benefit Form Tip Sheet
Family Guide to Total Family Income
FY24 MCCYN Parent Fees