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Child Care Options for Each Branch

Searching for subsidized and unsubsidized child care options can take hours only to find out you do not qualify. So we created this useful table of the most readily available options. Please reach out to your Chain of Command if you need additional support. Alternatively, if you have questions about what is listed below, feel free to email info@operationchildcare.org 

Subsidized Care Options

On-base Child Development Center join a

waitlist at this link. You will need to create an

account if you have not already. (Age 6 weeks to 5 years)

Family Child Care In-home daycares are

located on the military base. You can use the

same link as above to see availability. (Age 2

weeks to 12 years)

Civilian child care fee assistance through Child Care Aware. These centers or homes pass through rigorous standards and are eligible for subsidy in Active Duty families. You can search participating locations at

this link. (Age 2 weeks to 12 years)

MCCYN-PLUS offers subsidies for child care

programs that have not been accredited. A

different metric determines

eligibility, and the provider must opt into the

program. This is only available in Maryland,

Virginia, Nevada, Washington State, Arkansas, Colorado, Miami-Dade County (Florida), Kentucky, North Carolina, and Texas. 

CCYH is a DoD fee assistance pilot program that intends to offer military families fee assistance for private nannies in their own home when other care is not available. The program has very limited spaces and is available in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Fayetteville, North Carolina; Fort Walton Beach, Florida; Hawaii; Jacksonville/Mayport, Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; National Capital Region; Norfolk, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; and Seattle/Tacoma, Washington. You will apply through the account made at militarychildcare.com and be notified when you are off the wait list. You can read more about expectations here. 

Unsubsidized Care Options

In-home daycares or other civilian centers

that do not qualify for the Child Care Aware

subsidy can be located by checking the

website of your state. Scroll down to the

bottom of this page to find your state.

Nanny/Au Pair If you are in the Hampton Roads area Operation Child Care is currently rolling out services exclusively to DOD affiliated families. Fill out an application if you want to learn more. If you are NOT in the Hampton Roads region, start with Design Your Family Life and complete their free handout to see if nanny/au pair care is right for you. 

Social media groups or commercial sites

can be searched for individuals wishing to

care for your children. This requires full

accountability for families and their own

due diligence.

You can access a free SitterCity account through Militaryonesource. These individuals are not vetted, and the care is not subsidized. Please use caution when hiring someone online to care for your children. 

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