Child care can be costly. There are resources available for military families to relieve some of the financial burden. If you don’t have access to on-base child care, apply for military child care fee assistance, which will provide a stipend to your child care provider, reducing your monthly bill.
Here are the steps to apply for child care fee assistance:
Sign up at MilitaryChildCare.com for the on-base child development center (CDC) waitlist. If there is not a CDC at your location, you will need to contact Child Care Aware of America to request an exception.
Visit ChildCareAware.org to check your branch of service’s requirements. On the same site, identify a child care provider in your area who is eligible to receive the military’s fee assistance. If there is not a provider nearby, contact Child Care Aware of America to request an exception.
Apply on ChildCareAware.org. If you receive an email offer of fee assistance, follow the instructions in the email to accept that offer at MilitaryChildCare.com. This is time sensitive!
Child Care Aware will send you an email packet with instructions to complete a profile through the Fee Assistance Enrollment Portal. You will provide the name and tax ID number for the child care provider in the portal.
Child Care Aware will contact you via email for next steps.
Child Care Aware of America Contact Information
Call: (800) 424-2246, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. EDT, Monday-Friday
Chat: Military and DoD families can request a chat with a fee assistance specialist through their online application. Visit the Fee Assistance/Respite page to find the information, application and log-in page for your branch of service.