Alternative Child Care Programs

Child & Youth Programs offers many options to support the military community's child care needs. To address the needs of families when Navy child care is not available, partnerships with community organizations have been formed to expand availability of child care. Child Care Aware and the Navy have several programs for eligible customers.

Operation Military Child Care (OMCC)

The OMCC program provides fee assistance for Families of Sailors who are deployed or attached to a ship.

Ages: Birth - 12 yrs

For families of members with orders in support of one of the following deployments:

  • Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  • Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  • Global War on Terror (GWOT)
  • Oversees Contingency Operations
  • Operation Noble Eagle

For married Members, the spouse must be working, looking for work or attending school. The same policies will apply to unmarried legal parents living in the same household.

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Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood (MCCYN)

The MCCYN program provides fee assistance for families who are unable to access on-installation child care. Families living within 15 miles or 20 minutes of a Naval Base must be on the base child development center waitlist before applying for fee assistance.

Ages: Birth - 12 yrs

For Families of:

  • Active Duty Members
  • Active Reserve Members
  • Navy Recruiters
  • DoD civilians of Puget Sound Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility and Naval Base Kitsap. To qualify, you must live in one of the zip codes listed below.

For married Members, the spouse must be working, looking for work or attending school. The same policies will apply to unmarried legal parents living in the same household.

To apply for care:

Step 1: Request care via MilitaryChildCare.com.

Step 2: Once you have submitted your packet, your child will be placed on our wait list. If there is a space available at a Child Development Center (CDC) or Child Development Home (CDH), you will be offered that opportunity.

Step 3: Once you are offered the MCCYN program option, you will be directed to contact Child Care Aware.

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Program for Severely Injured Service Member Families

Ages: Birth - 12 yrs

For Families of:

  • Active Duty Members who have been injured and are receiving in-patient or out-patient care for extended periods of time.

Eligibility for services is based on need and is determined on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us at 1-800-424-2246 for a sensitive, personal consultation.

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) Respite Care

Ages: Birth - 18 yrs

This program is a partnership between the U.S. Navy and Child Care Aware and is specifically designed for Navy families who have children identified as Exceptional Family Members (EFM), category IV or V. This includes exceptional family members whose medical condition requires assignment near major medical facilities in the continental United States, or whose needs are complex and specialized requiring continuity of care.

EFMP Respite Care will help Navy families with children with special needs by providing 40 hours of respite care per month so they can leave the house, go to an appointment, or just rest, while knowing that their child is well cared for.

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