Military Families

St. Vincent is a Preferred Provider of the Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood program.

The United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force have joined in a partnership with the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA) to support military families.  NACCRRA works with more than 800 Child Care Resource & Referral agencies. These agencies help military families locate affordable, high-quality civilian child care programs in the communities where they reside.

Many Active Duty Service Members live in communities where no military child care is available or where there are long waiting lists for child care on the installation. To meet their needs, the Department of Defense (DoD) has asked the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies to partner with state and local Child Care Resource & Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) to refer military families to nationally accredited civilian child care programs and help additional civilian child care programs in selected communities become accredited. The Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN) program also supports the cost of high-quality civilian child care for eligible Service Members. The civilian childcare programs that provide MCCYN are comparable in quality to military-operated on-base programs.

Who’s eligible?

Children of geographically dispersed Active Duty families with no access to on-base child care. 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.

How does the program work?

1.  The Service Member, spouse or legal guardian should contact Child Care Aware, a division of NACCRRA, at 1-800-424-2246 or via the web at www.naccrra.org.

2. Child Care Aware Staff will ask for some initial information to determine eligibility and child care needs.

3.  When the child’s eligibility is determined, NACCRRA staff will link the Service Member Family to their local CCR&R for help locating an available high-quality child care space.

4. Once the childcare space is found, the family will complete the fee assistance application.

5.  Copies of the following documents must be provided as part of the application process:

  • Signed copy of the application
  • Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for the Service Member
  • Spouse’s most recent pay stub or proof of enrollment in school
  • Child(ren)’s birth certificate(s) or self-certification of parenthood
  • Child care provider fee assistance application and required documentation

6. As soon as the application and documents are received, the enrollment process begins.

7.  The enrollment process takes between one and five business days to complete, following receipt of the family’s completed application and information from the participating civilian childcare program.

8.  The Service Member Family pays a reduced fee directly to the childcare program. The difference is paid to the childcare program by the Military Service through NACCRRA.