Military Families FAQs

Who is Child Care Aware of America?

Child Care Aware of America (formerly known as NACCRRA), a non-profit organization and a leading voice for childcare. The U.S. Department of Defense tasked Child Care Aware with helping military families locate affordable, high-quality childcare when on base care at the Child Development Center (CDC) does not have space.


In most cases military families can benefit from financial assistance paying for childcare. Programs include Operation: Military Child Care (OMCC) and Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN). Learn more below or by visiting Contact Child Care Aware to see if your family is eligible.


OMCC: Operation Military Child Care

OMCC is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to support the childcare needs of Military Parents who are activated/deployed. OMCC helps eligible families locate childcare options in local communities. In addition, OMCC reduces childcare fees for eligible families who are already using licensed or legally-operating community childcare programs and providers.Learn more about OMCC.

Who is Eligible for OMCC?

  • Families/Child Guardians of National Guard & Reserve Service Members who are activated/deployed.
  • Families/Child Guardians of deployed Active Duty Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are unable to access childcare on military installations are eligible during the deployment period and for 60 days after the return of the Military Parent.


MCCYN: Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood

MCCYN is a Department of Defense (DoD) program designed to meet the childcare needs of Active Duty Service Members living in areas where on-base military childcare is not available. Learn more about MCCYN.

Who is Eligible for MCCYN?

  • Children of geographically dispersed Active Duty families with no access to on-base childcare. Examples include children of Active Duty Recruiters, ROTC instructors, MEPCOM personnel, Service Members on independent duty assignments and Service Members living in communities that are not within reasonable commuting distances to military installations.
  • Children of active Duty families who are wait-listed per Service policy and not currently enrolled in on-base childcare.


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