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The Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS Program

The Defense Department recognizes that quality, affordable child care is critical for military families with children. That’s why the department’s fee assistance program Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood, also known as MCCYN, has recently expanded its child care program eligibility requirements for civilian providers in the local community.

MCCYN requires both center and home-based community child care providers receiving fee assistance to be licensed or regulated by the state, to be inspected by an oversight agency once a year and to meet the requirements of a DOD-approved national or state early learning accreditation agency.

When on-installation child care is unavailable or when families do not live close to a military installation, MCCYN helps eligible families access child care that meets their needs and reduces the out-of-pocket expenses for community child care. For more information about MCCYN, visit Child Care Aware® of America.

DOD expands child care access

The DOD is expanding the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS program to increase the range of licensed and accredited child care providers in locations with high demand. Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Miami-Dade County, Florida have recently launched MCCYN-PLUS. 

MCCYN-PLUS program expansion

The DOD expanded the MCCYN program, creating MCCYN-PLUS, to bridge the gap in locations where accredited care is unavailable. This initiative utilizes the states’ Quality Rating and Improvement Systems, or QRIS, as an indicator of provider quality in lieu of national accreditation, broadening the pool of providers eligible to receive fee assistance on behalf of military families.

MCCYN-PLUS is available in Arkansas, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Miami-Dade County, Florida. Additional states continue to join the initiative. 

The department continues to expand MCCYN-PLUS to all remaining states with an active QRIS. The MCCYN-PLUS initiative broadens access to quality early care and education programs for military families and gives eligible providers the opportunity to expand their businesses to include military families.

The MCCYN-PLUS program expansion is just one small way that the department is taking care of its people — the most valuable part of our national defense.

Military parent information

For more information about the MCCYN fee assistance programs and eligibility, visit Child Care Aware® of America.

To learn more about your state’s quality rating and improvement system, visit the National Center on Early Childhood Quality Assurance.

Child care provider information

If you are a child care provider who is interested in participating in the MCCYN-PLUS program, visit Child Care Aware® of America for information on how to get started.

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