Finding Care "Outside the Gate"

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The Department of Defense (DoD) has partnered with contract agencies to provide additional child care options. Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) and Operation: Military Child Care (OMCC) are DoD sponsored programs managed by Child Care Aware (formerly the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies or NACCRRA). These programs are designed to assist military families who do not have access to DoD Child Development programs in finding and paying for affordable child care in their local communities.

The goal of Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood is to bring local child care fees in line with the fee scale established by DoD for Child Development Center programs. Child Care Aware provides enhanced referrals to participating local high-quality civilian care centers and provides fee assistance paid directly to civilian centers for military children enrolled in the program. Participating civilian centers must meet the same standards required of installation centers and must be accredited by national accrediting bodies such as National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Early Childhood Program Accreditation, and the National Association of Child Care Professionals. The program is open to active duty families who can't get care on a military installation or are assigned to remote locations. Service-specific guidelines and policies apply to the program, and families who want care will be required to meet all eligibility requirements of their Service. Find out more about MCCYN.

Operation: Military Child Care is available to families of active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members who are activated or deployed in support of the war on terror. Eligibility begins when the military parent receives deployment orders and ends 60 days after the parent returns. The program is also available to deployed active duty families without access to military installation child care. This fee assistance program is intended to help support military spouse employment, education, or special medical circumstances. It is also available to spouses looking for employment for a period not to exceed 60 days. For more information on OMCC, click here

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