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The Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS Program3 minute read • Sept. 14, 2023
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.
DOD expands child care access
The DOD is expanding the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood-PLUS program to increase access to quality child care providers in locations with high demand. MCCYN-PLUS is available in New York, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, North Carolina, Arkansas, Kentucky, Colorado, Texas, Miami-Dade County, Florida, Washington State, Nevada, Maryland, and Virginia.
When on-installation child care is unavailable or when families are geographically dispersed from 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.
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, Washington, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Miami-Dade County, Florida. Additional states continue to join the initiative.
The MCCYN-PLUS initiative increases 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.
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.