The Department of Defense (DoD) works with Child Care Aware of America, formerly NACCRRA, to make quality community-based child care more affordable and accessible to military families. This relationship has resulted in programs specially designed to help military families with child care needs that can't be accommodated through installation programs.
Child Care Aware of America is a nonprofit organization providing leadership and support to more than 800 state and local child care resource and referral agencies that help families throughout the United States find quality, affordable child care. It advocates for national policies and priorities focusing on child care quality and children's healthy development and learning. The organization also leads initiatives to increase the quality and quantity of child care professionals and collects data on child care demand, availability, and trends.
Operation: Military Child Care
Operation: Military Child Care (OMCC) is the Child Care Aware of America program designed to meet the temporary child care needs of activated or deployed service members through financial aid and child care search assistance. For married service members, the spouse must be working, looking for work, or attending school.
OMCC can help you by
- locating state licensed child care options in your community
- providing assistance with child care fees (Fee-assistance to reduce child care fees is paid directly to providers and varies according to a family's income and circumstance, geographical location, and available funding.)
- providing assistance during deployment and for up to sixty days following deployment (Assistance is also available for up to sixty days for families with non-military spouses searching for work.)
Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood
If you're an active duty service member or an activated Guard or Reserve member living in areas where on-installation child care is not available, you may benefit from Child Care Aware of America's Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCIYN) program. This program helps offset the cost of quality community-based child care.
Most active duty military and activated Guard or Reserve members who cannot access the quality, affordable care available on military installations are eligible to participate in the MCCIYN program.
Like OMCC, the program can help you find quality child care in the community where you live and assist in covering the cost so that it's commensurate with child care fees on-installation. The program also provides child care assistance for sixty days while the nonmilitary spouse is looking for work.
Child Care Assistance for Families of Severely Injured Military Members
This program helps severely injured military members by providing their families with fee-assistance for safe, licensed child care for six months during recuperation periods. The program is available nationwide to severely injured active duty service members receiving inpatient or outpatient treatment. Program details vary by service branch.