QUICK FACTS

Program Name: MCCYN
Name Meaning: Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood
Program Summary : For the families of Active Duty Airmen, the MCYYN program provides fee assistance for families who are not capable of accessing installation sponsored Child Care.
Founded: 1992
Managed By : Child Care Aware® of America
Program Prequisites : For all families of Active Duty Airmen
Qualifying Location : United States
Employment Requirements : spouse/non-military parent must be at least working 25 or more hours a week spouse/non-military parent is in school, they must be enrolled in 9-12 credit hours if they undergraduates and 6-9 hours and for part-time fee assistance, the spouse/non-military parent must work between 16-24 hours a week.
Applicable Child Ages : 12 years and younger
Applicable Citizenship U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident

Air Force Child Care AssistanceAir Force Child Care Fee Assistance

There can be quite a few parenting challenges when it comes to Active duty Air Force life, one that includes finding Child Care services and affordable Day Care. The mission of the Air Force Child Care Fee Assistance Program is to assist Active Duty personnel that does not have installation Child Care Development Center or Child Development Home readily available for them. The program locates sand selects quality Child Care as well as offsets the cost of civilian Child Care with subsidies that are available through the Child Care Aware® of America programs.

FAQ’s

What Child Care Fee Assistance Programs Are Available? 

Military Child Care Providers in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN)

For the families of Active Duty Airmen, the MCYYN program provides fee assistance for families who are not capable of accessing installation sponsored Child Care.

For Child Care centers to meet MCCYN requirements, they must be accredited by 1 of the approved national accreditation agencies listed below:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)
  • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
  • Cognia–NCA/SACS/NWAC (formerly AdvancED)
  • Child Care Centers pursuing national accreditation through the Self-Study process

* Please note the agencies that are listed above are the only approved national accreditation that will be accepted for the military fee Child Care assistance programs.

For family Child Care providers to meet MCCYN requirements, they have achieved the following:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA)credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition
  • An Associate degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
  • National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation

For Child Care centers to meet MCCYN requirements, they must be accredited by 1 of the approved national accreditation agencies listed below:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)
  • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
  • Cognia–NCA/SACS/NWAC (formerly AdvancED)
  • Child Care Centers pursuing national accreditation through the Self-Study process

* Please note the agencies that are listed above are the only approved national accreditations that will be accepted for the military fee Child Care assistance programs.

For family Child Care providers to meet MCCYN requirements, they have achieved the following:

  • Child Development Associate (CDA)credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition
  • An Associate degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
  • National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) Accreditation

How is My Child Care Assistance Fee Assistance Calculated?

The Military Child Care fee assistance that is provider for families of active duty Airmen is determined by calculating the difference between the monthly fee of the community Child Care, and the DoD parent fee for similar Child Care services based on geographic and income category. (This amount shall not go over the program’s provider cap for a family’s location and type of care needed) If your family chooses to use a provider who charges over the maximum provider cap, then you are responsible for paying their DoD parent fee, and any additional provider cost that’s outside their known cap. However, if the difference in price of the community Child Care provider’s fee, and the DoD parent fee is under $25 per month, then you will not be awarded a monthly fee assistance reimbursement.

Also, if your child is enrolled in full time Child Care and your spouse works or is in school part-time, then your family will only qualify for a reduced amount of the full time Child Care assistance rate.

*Please note that the DoD parent fees that are used to calculate assistance for this program are based upon DoD sponsored Child Care services that are similar. This means that these fees will not always match the precise amount that a family would typically pay for Child Care at an installation sponsored Child Care Development Center or Child Care Development Home.

Military families that are living within the known high-cost installation areas will be calculated using the high-cost parents fees and the high-cost provider caps. All other military families that reside outside of the high coast installation areas will be calculated using what is called the basic parent fees and basic provider caps.

When are Fee Assistance Payments Made?

Here is the Air Force Payment Calendar through the end of 2020.

What Supporting Documents Do I Need to Qualify for Child Care Assistance?

Documentation that you need to show for proof of eligibility for Child Care fee assistance may differ by program. Here’s a list of required documents that is commonly used.

Self-Certification Form: This document is used for children listed on the application, or you will need a copy of each child’s birth certificate. Children that are eligible for fee assistance must be listed as the legal dependent in their sponsor’s DEERS.

Employment Verification Form: This form pertains to parents that are not married living in the same household and must be filled out if the spouse/non-military are not able to provide pay stubs. Their supervisor must complete the form for a 60-day approval period until the spouse/non-military parent can provide one month of pay stubs.

*Please note for full time fee assistance the spouse/non-military parent must be at least working 25 or more hours a week and for part-time fee assistance, the spouse/non-military parent must work between 16-24 hours a week.

If your spouse/non-military parent is in school, they must submit a schedule verifying that they are enrolled in 9-12 credit hours if they undergraduates and 6-9 hours at the graduate level. The schedule must include their name, the institution name, number of credits enrolled for, and the time of the current semester.

If the spouse is working or in school part time than the family will only be eligible for a lesser amount of the fee assistance rate for full time.

Looking For Work Form: If your spouse/non-military spouse is in the process of looking for work they must fill out this form in order to receive a 90-day certification (one-time only) and want to take advantage of this approval period.

LES or CLES: A current copy of the Air Force Sponsor’s LES or CLES dated within the last 90 days will need to be submitted for all Air Force Sponsor’s that is activated to full time duty.

Military Orders: All Deployed, Activated Reservists, and Airmen that are assigned to a Recruiting Squadron must supply military orders.  Please choose on your application “Recruiter” if you are assigned to a Recruiting Squadron.

SF-50 or Personnel Action Request Form: All Air Force Dual Status Technicians are required to submit a current year SF-50 form as well as a recent drill LES.

Installation Child Care Request Form: This form must be competed and returned for your application to be processed.

*Be advised that all families residing 15 miles or 20 minutes of an installation sponsored Child Care is required to have an active request for Child Care at the program. Please visit http://militarychildcare.com/  to make your requests for Child Care at an installation Child Development Center or Child Development Home. This a must despite the Sponsor’s active duty/employment status, as well as the installation’s possible inability to accommodate your family’s particular Child Care needs.

If you have been denied or have not replied to an offered Child Care space at either a Child Development Center or Child Development Home within the past year, you will not be eligible for monthly Child Care fee assistance. It’s a must that all Child Care placement concerns that you have that’s related to hours of operation, commuting difficulties, transportation for school age children, as well as any special needs must be reported to the time of your online request in the “Comment” or Inclusion Action Team” section of the application. Filling out this section will aid in the programs being able to determine if they can offer your family a feasible Child Care option.

Provider Documents: For Child Care providers to be eligible for the Child Care assistance program a Child Care license is required, a state inspection report that’s been dated within the last year, and a satisfactory employee background check for all staff, a completed provider fee assistance application, and they must meet any extra high-quality accreditation criteria. Until the selected Child Care provider meets all the program eligibility requirements, your application for military Child Care fee assistance will not be processed.

Forms That Are Frequently Requested:

Information Update Request Form

Schedule of Care Form

Change of Provider Form

Parent User Licensing Agreement Form

Provider Fee Assistance Application (only required for Providers who have not previously participated)

Provider W-9

EIN Instructions

Provider Rate Verification Form

Apply!

Now that you have all your document ready to go, it’s time to apply and upload your documents.

Click here to apply online

It’s imperative to remember that you only have 90 days from when your application is submitted to complete your application in full, which includes all required documents and meet all requirements to be eligible for the program. If your application after the initial submission isn’t completed within 90 days, you may not qualify for retro-active subsidy payments, and your application could be rejected. This program that is offered it not an entitlement program, and is dependent on the availability of funds, which at any time may be discontinued.

Air Force Care Fee Assistance Policy Updates, Payment Policies and Payment Calendar

From time to there will be updates to policies and eligibility for the Air Force Child Care Assistance Program. You can find  policy updates here.

Please click the links below for copies of the Payment Policies and Payment Calendar.

Air Force Fee Assistance Payment Policies

Air Force Payment Calendar 2019-2020