Provider Requirements & Documentation


Providers who want to participate in ANY of the Army Fee Assistance programs must:

  • Be state licensed
  • Have had a state licensing inspection in the last 12 months

 AND, One of the following high-quality indicators if the family is eligible for MCCYN

  • Child care centers accredited by an approved national accreditation agency
    • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
    • National Accreditation Commission (NAC)
    • National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA)
    • Council on Accreditation (COA) for school age programs
    • National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC)

  • Child care centers or family child care providers rated in an accepted state rated license/accreditation system:
    • Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) accreditation
    • North Carolina 4 or 5 Star
    • Oklahoma 3 Star

  • Child care centers or family child care providers currently participating in established Army Quality Improvement Project**
    • Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood (ACCYN)
    • Army School-Age Program in Your Neighborhood (ASPYN)

  • Family Child Care Providers that have achieved
    • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition
    • Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or Child Development

Required Documents - Centers and Family Child Care Homes

**Army Quality Improvement Projects (Army Child Care in Your Neighborhood – ACCYN and Army School-Age Program in Your Neighborhood-ASPYN) operate in select locations only. For more information and locations, click here to visit our program description page or contact Child Care Aware® toll-free at 1-800-424-2246.